If you’re coming for week one of our 2019 festival, then do we have an adventure for you! For the last 43 years, Donegal has had a car rally every year. We were under the impression that it was the third weekend of June. The festival starts on the fourth weekend of June, so great, no problem there! BUT NO. We found out after we already had a lot of bookings, that the rally calculates the third wednesday of June, not the third weekend.
This means there is no accommodation in Donegal on Sunday 23rd June, the day we normally arrive.
This is not the ideal situation, and certainly not for our 10th anniversary, but we’ve done our best to make it work!
Start later on Monday so people in Ireland can travel that morning. We’ve shortened each class by 5 minutes, and each break by 5 minutes just for Monday.
Below is the timetable for the first Monday compared to a normal day.
If you’re based in Ireland and can travel on Monday morning, please do. If that just doesn’t work for you, then join us for solution #2!
Warmup -> 11:00 - 11:40
Class 1 -> 11:50 - 13:15
Class 2 -> 13:40 - 15:05
Lunch -> 15:05 - 15:55
Class 3 -> 15:55 - 17:20
Class 4 -> 17:45 - 19:10
Class 5 -> 19:20 - 20:45
Warmup -> 09:00 - 09:45
Class 1 -> 10:00 - 11:30
Class 2 -> 12:00 - 13:30
Lunch -> 13:30 - 14:30
Class 3 -> 14:30 - 16:00
Class 4 -> 16:30 - 18:00
Class 5 -> 18:15 - 19:45
We’ve found student accommodation in Derry that are willing to take us in for one night (despite their policy!) Derry is just 40 minutes away from Letterkenny. We will absorb the cost of this extra accommodation for Sunday night, and then hire coaches to bring everyone to Letterkenny on Monday morning. Everyone will make their own way to Derry on Sunday, instead of Letterkenny.
Cons: You won’t be able to check into your real accommodation until Monday night. Your bags will be in the Aura. We’ll have to drive all the bags to the accommodation when it becomes available.
Pros: Slumber party! Get to know your fellow aerialists! Get to see Derry! The rooms are nice, and they’re probably ensuite!
We'll make it work!
Please don’t let this put you off coming in week one. Once the festival starts you’ll forget all about it! If you have any questions, concerns, problems, etc, please email us and let us try and sort it out. We also need to get exact numbers of people who need the Derry accommodation, so check your spam folder for emails and expect to be hearing from us.
Rigging Weekend – For people doing the rigging weekend, we’ll also need to put you in the Derry accommodation on Saturday night, which is €40 per person. If you want to find your own accommodation you’re welcome to, but be aware that there won’t be much, if any, in Donegal because of the rally.