‘Full steam ahead’ at Wainfest
IT was full steam ahead
for Wainfest 2019 as Cathaoirleach Nicholas Crossan,
along with pupils from St Eunan’s Primary School
Raphoe launched this year’s programme at Oakfield
Park on Tuesday, September 17th.
Wainfest, Donegal’s children’s arts and book
festival, takes place from 5 – 13 October where
schools and families can "Expect to Connect" with 54
family events and 105 school events in over 30
locations over an 8-day period.
Cathaoirleach of Donegal County
Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan pictured at the
official launch of Wainfest with Perrin the Elf,
Professor Peartree and students from St. Eunan's
Speaking at the launch,
Donna Cavanagh from Donegal Library Services
explained how the festival had transformed since its
inception in 1996 into “a festival which has proven
its ability to engage, enlighten and involve
children in high quality cultural events in their
She added "this year we are delighted to announce a
visit from best-selling children’s author, Holly
Webb, who has published well over 100 books and has
agreed to happily answer any questions our budding
young authors might have. We have magic with award
winning magician Jessica Harkin, lego animation
workshops, circus skills workshops, film screenings,
virtual reality in the museum, YouTube workshops,
yoga, beautiful theatre productions, sensory events
and a range of events for babies and toddlers.”
Perrin the Elf entertaining pupils
from St.Eunan's Primary School at the official
launch of Wainfest 2019.
Pupils from St Eunan’s
Primary School were treated to a ride on the steam
train and stories from Perrin the Elf and Professor
Peartree - a taste of what to expect from Wainfest
Wainfest Events in Inishowen include:
• Mr. Hullabaloo’s Storytime Treats - join Mr
Hullabaloo the magical storyteller and his colourful
puppet friends at Carndonagh and Buncrana Library on
Saturday, October 5th.
• Bricks4Kidz Lego Workshop at ICARE Buncrana on
Friday, October 11th.
• Song of the Sea (animated film) - tells the story
of Ben and his little sister Saoirse, the last
remaining ‘Seal-child’ at Inishowen Maritime Museum,
Greencastle on Friday, October 11th.
• Toddler Sense - classes are full of fun,
excitement and adventure at Carndonagh and Buncrana
Library on Saturday, October 12th.
• Vegetarian Brunch with the Henry Girls - a morning
of tastes and sounds at The Exchange, Buncrana on
Saturday, October 5th.
• FabLab Workshop - this hands-on workshop will
introduce participants to the concept of making
things using digital fabrication technologies at
Spraoi agus Spórt, Carndonagh on Saturday, October
• Messy Play - bring your toddler along to the messy
play event and indulge your little one’s imagination
and sense of adventure at Spraoi agus Spórt,
Carndonagh on Thursday, October 10th.
• Sensory Play - stimulates children’s senses via
touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing at Spraoi
agus Spórt, Carndonagh on Wednesday, October 9th.
To see all that's on offer in 2019 visit
or pick up a programme from your local library or