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Reeling in Bundoran – 2013

Bundoran 2013 was another busy year for the town and saw some great TV coverage for us. a new historical festival called “Planes, Trains and Jigs & Reels” and the first pumpkin carving competition and pumpkin parade! As usual we remind you that these blogs are not a comprehensive retrospect of the town, just some memories of each year that we are sharing! Links to the other years can be found at the end of the page.

New Tourism Officer

In March 2013, Bundoran’s new Tourism Officer, local man Shane Smyth took up his role.

Bundoran 2013

Camera Ready

A few TV features on Bundoran in 2013 – one of which came from Donegal TV hosted by Andrea Gilligan.


A €1.8m makeover for Waterworld

During the winter months Waterworld got the builders in and installed 5 new features including a gravity speed slide, 3 lane multi-slide, aqua children’s slide, galleon ship and for the first time, a toddler pool in time for its 22nd season. The new features were officially launched on Tuesday May 28th by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD.

Waterworld also advertised on TV for the first time

The BIG weekend

Bundoran’s Big Weekend happened across the June Bank Holiday Weekend incorporating the Belle of Bundoran, Waterworld’s 22nd birthday and the RNLI Soapbox Race.

Rio Carlin Rosanio was the 2013 Belle of Bundoran

Is the School Around the Corner just the same?

St Macartan’s National School made it on to RTE’s School Around The Corner with Ray D’arcy in May.

Rachel Barnes and Lucy Currid from St Macartan’s National School on School Around The Corner

Live to the nation

Ahead of Sea Sessions, Ruth and Paddy hosted their Saturday Show on 2FM from outside Madden’s Bridge Bar on Saturday 8th June 2013.


Sunday June 9th was cemetery Sunday. The 11am Mass that day was offered for the happy repose of all in local cemeteries.  It was decided that walking to the Cemetery after Mass was a good Parish activity as all funerals did the same. Bishop Liam MacDaid was here that weekend so he joined us for the blessing.

Beach party time

Sea Sessions was back from 21st to 23rd June and saw Bastille amongst others take to the stage at Main Beach.

The Sea Sessions lineup for 2013
Beardy Man at Sea Sessions 2013 Picture Conor McCabe Photography.
2FM’s Cormac Battle live from the roadcaster at Sea Sessions 2013 Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Reliving History

On July 12th, the Historical Society’s festival “Planes, Trains and Jigs & Reels” was launched incorporating many different aspects of the town’s history.



Just one week later we were back on tv again – this time on UTV

March on!

On Sunday 11th August we welcomed the All Ireland Marching Bands competition back to Bundoran.

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Heritage rules

Across the weekend of 16th to 18th August we celebrated Bundoran’s varied heritage with Planes, Trains and Jigs & Reels.

Selwyn Johnston of the Enniskillen Railway Museum talks to some children at the Great Northern Hotel – pic Magnumlady


The History Ireland Hedge School at the Atlantic Apartotel

The festival also included a History Ireland Hedge School hosted by Tommy Graham. You can listen to that here

Brian Murphy talks about the documentary on the Bundoran Express which he produced for RTE Radio 1

During the festival there was a listening session of the RTE Radio documentary “The Bundoran Express” with producer Brian Murphy in attendance to talk about the production. You can listen to the documentary here

Snap happy

In October 2013 we held a photography weekend with prizes sponsored by Cara Pharmacy. Below was the winning photo.

The winning photo in the photography weekend – the lifeguard tower at Rossnowlagh – taken by Margaret Dolan of Boyle Camera Club


Pictured were photographic winners (l-r back row) Marette Golden (Northwest Photographic Club), Marty Cooke (Rainbow Camera Club), Kathy O’Kelly (individual entrant), Catherine Mullarkey (Boyle Camera Club) (l-r front row) Mary Lane (Boyle Camera Club), Margaret Dolan (Boyle Camera Club and overall winner) and Martina Morris (Boyle Camera Club) at the inaugural Bundoran Photography Weekend – Snap, Craic and Comp. The event was hosted by The Great Northern hotel, Bundoran and kindly sponsored by Cara Pharmacy Bundoran. Shane Smyth Tourism Officer for Bundoran said ‘The photographic standard was so high it took longer than expected for the judges to choose the final winners’. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Carving time

The first pumpkin carving competition and pumpkin parade took place in 2013. The tradition lives on to this day!

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Finally on Christmas day, the swimmers were out in force!


Check out the rest of our decades blogs here:

Reeling in Bundoran 2010

Reeling in Bundoran 2011

Reeling in Bundoran 2012

Reeling in Bundoran 2014

Reeling in Bundoran 2015

Reeling in Bundoran 2016

Reeling in Bundoran 2017

Reeling in Bundoran 2018

Reeling in Bundoran 2019

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