15 November 2022

IDP Winner of Aontas STAR Award in 2022

Dare2Dip! a water safety and wellbeing training programme, developed by The LightHouse at Inishowen Development Partnership has won a prestigious STAR (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) Award in 2022.  #Dare2Dip! was aimed at anyone considering starting to dip or novices who may have recently taken up swimming in open water.    Aisling Sheehy, who developed and managed… Read more »

10 October 2022

Ukrainian Response Grant Programme

Inishowen Development Partnership continues to apply the ‘People, Place, Progress’ strategy to support those fleeing the conflict in Ukraine by empowering ‘local’ response through collaboration with the voluntary and community sector. The Small Grants Programme aims to enable ‘local’ community initiatives provided to assist the increasing numbers of arrivals in Inishowen towards self-advocacy and to… Read more »

5 October 2022

Free cookery/deli course with IDP

Following the success of our barista course this week, we have teamed up with Taste4Success Skillnet again to deliver a 7 week FREE cookery course in Crana College,Buncrana. This course is only open to those not in employment or those in receipt of a social welfare payment. Starting on Thursday October 27, the cookery course… Read more »

Inishowen, Can We Quit? Yes, We Can!

National Stop Smoking Programe being delivered in Inishowen We Can Quit is a FREE stop smoking programme, being delivered by Inishowen Development Partnership, and funded by HSE Sláintecare.  We Can Quit is a community and peer led programme available for adults (18yrs+) living in Inishowen, who want to quit smoking or vaping.  It follows the… Read more »

13 September 2022

Buncrana is ‘One Good Community’

Buncrana is one of only three towns in Ireland, to take part in a unique project, “One Good Community”, a new mental health awareness initiative, which aims to show how communities can better support each other by engaging in activities that can promote positive mental health.  One Good Community is a pilot initiative of national… Read more »

5 August 2022

IT Courses Sept/Autumn ’22

This Sept/Autumn why not challenge yourself to improve on your IT skills with our wide range of courses suitable for outright beginners to those with more experience. Basic digital skills and courses are available for individuals, groups and community organisations.Now taking bookings for the following courses GET ON IT – Digital skills for beginners6 weeks… Read more »

ACRES could be ‘lifeline’ for local farmers

IDP takes the lead on new environmental scheme that will reward farmers A NEW results based agri-environment scheme will bring the opportunity for local farmers to continue to supplement their income while protecting the environment, according to one of Inishowen’s leading farming groups. Henry O’Donnell of the Inishowen Uplands European Innovation Partnership project outlined the… Read more »

15 July 2022

Eco Inishowen leading the way

A busy summer ahead for our Eco-Environmental supports with a series of events and workshops over the coming months. As well as tackling local challenges we’ll also be aiming to raise awareness through local action initiatives and activities, in an engaging and educational way. First up, those heading to this year’s Inishowen Agricultural Show on… Read more »

21 June 2022

ECO Carn Action Against Invasives

Join the ECO Carn network to take action against invasive species in Carndonagh through a series of workshops and action events this Summer. The first workshop, The Problems (and Solutions) for Invasive Alien Species, takes place on Wednesday 22nd June, 7-8.30pm in the Colgan Hall, Carndonagh. The first action event, Balsam Bashing, takes place on… Read more »

27 May 2022

Volunteer Fair in Carndonagh

Interested in making a difference? Come along to the Volunteer Fair in Carndonagh on Thursday 16th June at the Colgan Hall, Carndonagh. Following on from Carndonagh Smart Village training and the needs highlighted through the ‘Envision Inishowen’ series in 2021, Carndonagh is hosting a Volunteer Fair on Thursday 16th June from 7-9pm in the Colgan… Read more »

13 April 2022

INBusiness Launches with the Search to find ‘Inishowen’s Best Breakfast 2022’

Following a successful morning in The Treehouse Bar & Restaurant, Muff on Monday 11th April, at the launch of Inishowen Development Partnerships’ first ‘INBusiness’ event, the search is now on for the Best Breakfast in Inishowen!  The competition, supported by Failte Ireland, has been developed by Inishowen Skillnet.  Ana McColgan, explains, “the competition to find… Read more »

7 April 2022

IDP Successful EmpowHER Inishowen Event

On Thursday, 31st March, over 200 women from around the Inishowen Peninsula turned out for a fabulous ‘soiree’- EmpowHER Inishowen.  Much like the glorious rays of the Inishowen sunshine that beamed into the stunning surroundings of the Inishowen Gateway Hotel, the positive energy reverberated around the room from the outset.    The much-anticipated ‘EmpowHER Inishowen’ event… Read more »

31 March 2022

IDP Launch INBusiness

IDP, supported by Skillnet, are proud to announce ‘INBusiness’; our new series of industry specific events for sectoral businesses based here in Inishowen.   The aims of INBusiness are to bring businesses and entrepreneurs together, to collectively identify gaps and the needs of the Inishowen business community, while allowing IDP and other partner organisations to demonstrate… Read more »

25 March 2022


Applications are welcome from community and voluntary groups who are engaging in projects that promote the goals of the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP).   Detailed information on the goals of SICAP, our strategy document ‘People Place Progress – Our Vision for the Future’ and the ‘Envision Inishowen’ series, are all available here from our… Read more »

1 March 2022


“Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning you’ve depended on more than half the world.” – Martin Luther King Carndonagh will join the rest of the country to help ensure a fair deal for disadvantaged farming communities by holding Fairtrade community events.  After two years online, Carn Fairtrade are delighted to host the return of Read More

23 February 2022

Blue-C: Collaborating Coastal Communities

Inishowen Development Partnership has launched its latest pioneering EU project, Blue-C: Collaborating Coastal Communities.  Blue-C is a two-year Erasmus+ funded collaboration involving a consortium of six partner countries: Malta, Spain, Netherlands, Greece, Finland and Ireland, with IDP as the Lead partner organisation. The Blue-C project will encourage blue economy growth through sustainability, collaboration and connection… Read more »

21 February 2022


Smart Villages Training announced for Buncrana, Carndonagh & Environs IDP is offering communities across Inishowen the opportunity to undertake a free 3-session Smart Villages training course. This training is part of a wider programme under LEADER being rolled out to 400 communities throughout Ireland to offer steps and tools to help structure community development, bring… Read more »

31 January 2022

Barista Training Feb 23/24

This course is delivered by the Dublin Barista School in Inishowen.  Continually revised and improved this course is an absolute fundamental to participants looking to dip their toes in the coffee industry. Our Barista Essentials Course is a one day practical course designed to show you how to perfect your espresso and milk texturing techniques.… Read more »

12 January 2022

Exciting Smart Village project coming to Inishowen!

Smart Villages Training announced for Clonmany, Cloontagh, Ballyliffin, Urris, Rashenny & Environs IDP is offering communities across Inishowen the opportunity to undertake a 6-session Smart Villages online training course. This training is part of a wider programme under LEADER being rolled out to 400 communities throughoutIreland to offer steps and tools to help structure community… Read more »


A consortium of community, voluntary and statutory organisations are working together to support Inishowen families who are affected by MICA.  Inishowen Family Action Network (IFAN) – MICA Subgroup, coordinated by Inishowen Development Partnership, have introduced a number of new supports that can be accessed immediately for families.  Recently a new pilot programme offering FREE counselling… Read more »