Presented by The Local Group

Foyle Punt (Sligo, Derry, Donegal)

19 - 22 July 2018

Booking Information


19 – 20 July Rathmullan Pier, Rathmullan, Donegal

21 – 22 July Bunbeg Pier, Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal


Rathmullan Pier, Rathmullan, Donegal at 8pm

Bunbeg Pier, Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal at 8pm

Tickets: €15 / Conc. €12

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A boat, a story, a feed.

In 1750, the McDonald Clan rowed from their native Scotland to Inishowen in Donegal, fleeing a war in a boat they built themselves. Since then, six generations of McDonald men have stayed on dry land, building wooden boats in Greencastle for more adventurous seafarers. Philip and Brian McDonald are the last in this line.

Foyle Punt is an immersive, site-specific experience with songs, that tells the story of boatbuilder Philip McDonald in his own words. Joined by Libyan-Irish singer Farah Elle and composer Little John Nee, Philip will share the unique history, craft, and skill that runs through McDonald’s veins. It speaks of a boat – safety on a precarious sea; a family, with no successors to the boatbuilding legacy; and a unique skill, handed down through generations, facing an uncertain future.

The performance, taking place on rural piers throughout Sligo, Derry and Donegal this summer, imagines a new kind of future for small boats in safe harbours.

From the team who made She Knit The Roof and Destination DonutFoyle Punt is the first site-specific show by The Local Group, a new company making unique performance projects in off-the-grid locations. Our aim is to bring the best theatre and performance to underserved communities in Ireland’s most rugged rural landscapes and concrete suburbia.

Presented by The Local Group. Co-Produced by Earagail Arts Festival. Supported by The Abbey Theatre, Cairde Festival, Derry City and Strabane Council and CREATE. Funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.




Please note: This show takes place outdoors so dress appropriately for the weather. The show is accessible to wheelchairs and people who have different mobility requirements – please let us know that you are coming (email so we can plan for your comfort. Food will be served as part of the show, but it won’t replace your dinner. We will provide allergen notices before the performance, but we won’t be able to substitute the food on offer as part of the show.


Out of the Abbey 


  • Created by: Caitríona McLaughlin & Róise Goan
  • Director: Caitríona McLaughlin
  • Producer/Dramaturg: Róise Goan
  • Designer: Lian Bell
  • Composer: Little John Nee
  • Performer: Farah El Neihum
  • Performer: Little John Nee
  • Performer: Philip McDonald
  • Food & Hospitality Design: Jennie Moran
  • Boat: Philip & Brian McDonald
  • Communications: Tom Lawlor & Studio Aad
  • Production Manager: Lisa Mahony
  • Stage Manager: Evie McGuinness
  • Associate Producer: Emma Hannon
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