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Temple Bar rocks to a different tune for festival

Dublin's Temple Bar will be transformed this weekend into a little piece of Donegal.

Some of the northwest's top talent will be performing at a Sunday festival to promote all the county has to offer.

A stellar line-up includes Altan, Maire Brennan of Clannad, The Plea, Mickey Jo Harte, The Henry Girls, Donegal Tenors and the Donegal Youth Orchestra.

The festival takes place at Meeting House Square, in Temple Bar, which will be transformed into a sea of green and gold.

Promoter Donegal Tourism is promising loads of impromptu comhaltas music to entertain visitors.

There will also be a chance to win a holiday in the northwest.

More than 20 sectors are being showcased, including equestrian golf, hotels, B&Bs, adventure, sports, islands, angling, and Gaeltacht and Irish colleges.

There will also be information on festivals, the arts and outdoor pursuits such as hill walking. Retail and shopping outlets will also feature, as well as advice on the best ways of discovering the county.

There will be an indoor display of Donegal art and sculpture, while extracts will be performed from the Brian Friel collection, including Philadelphia Here I Come and The Faith Healer.

Revellers will also be able to win some fantastic prizes -- including 1,000 free-bed nights in Donegal courtesy of the Hotels Federation and 1,000 return coach tickets courtesy of John McGinley coaches.

Aer Arann and Donegal airport are giving away return flights on the Dublin-Donegal route, which will be packaged with accommodation and activities.