Inishowen Community Groups Invited to Event Planning Masterclass

Inishowen community groups have an exciting opportunity to improve their event planning skills with a special two-day masterclass hosted by IDP.

Event planning expert Colm Croffy, who is currently executive director of the Association of Irish Festivals and Events (AOIFE), is hosting the two-day online masterclass on September 21 and 28 from 7:30-9 p.m.

Colm has spent over 30 years working in event and festival management for professional and community events.

The masterclass takes place over two evenings on Zoom, making it more accessible to all community and volunteer groups in Inishowen and Donegal.

Speaking ahead of the masterclass, Mr Croffy, who is also director of the International Festivals and Event Association (IFEA Europe), said he would cover a range of topics including how to attract volunteers, marketing, budget , how to reach your target audience. and much more.

“We have seen that community groups and event planners are finding it increasingly difficult to find volunteers this year as opposed to the pre-pandemic period, so we will be looking at interesting recruitment processes to attract new volunteers,” Colm said.

“On night two, we’ll look at public relations and marketing and how you can get your message across in a way that people can quickly understand. We will also look at venues for events/new approaches and budgeting,” he added.

Tracey McRory, Project Officer at Inishowen Development Partnership, said the IDPs are delighted to be able to organize the event with Colm, “more and more community groups have asked questions about how best to organize and promote their events, so they hope Colm can address their concerns.”

The masterclass is open to everyone and the cost for both sessions is €10. For more information see or email [email protected] to reserve your place. People can also call IDP in Buncrana at 93-62218.

Meanwhile, the IDP is also hosting a separate ‘Raise Your Profile’ event for local groups with public relations expert Shane Kirby. This in-person event will take place at Colgan Hall in Carn on Tuesday, September 20, between 7-8 p.m.

The workshop, which is supported by the Donegal County Council Members Development Fund and grew out of needs expressed during the Carndonagh Smart Village training, will focus on providing community groups with a structured approach to writing a press release and how to effectively engage with your local media.

This course will give community groups tips and tricks on how to build your profile in the local and national press.

For further information on this event, contact Aine on [email protected]


Robert M. Larson