The home of the legendary Rory Gallagher (singer and guitarist), Ballyshannon is the pinnacle location of the rocker enthusiast. Thousands of tourists draw from all corners of the global every year to savour and enjoy the world of rock music as the streets of Ballyshannon become alive with music for the Rory Gallagher festival. One can find a statue of Rory in the town centre erected in his memory.
It is claimed to be the oldest town in Ireland located at the mouth of the River Erne. From its idyllic setting, the town looks out over the estuary and has panoramic views of mountain, lakes and forests.
Erne Enterprise, a community focused organisation was established in 1995 with the overall strategic aim to fully exploit the assets of it's South Donegal catchment area. The company is involved in many projects covering the following sectors; Infrastructure, Community Development, Social & Unemployed, Industry, Arts & Culture and Tourism. The Head Office of Erne Enterprise is located at the Lakeside Centre , which is a base for the National Watersports Training Centre and on-site is the Lakeside Caravan & Camping Park a four star rated touring site, complete with environmentally friendly playpark.
The town is also the birth place of poet William Allingham (1824-1889) and on the bridge is a tablet to dedicated to his memory. His most famous poems included 'The Fairies' , The Goblin Child of Ballyshannon and 'The Emigrant's Adieu to Ballyshannon'
"I leave my warm heart with you, though my back I’m forced turn. So adieu to Ballyshanny and the winding banks of Erne!” The Emigrant’s Adieu to Ballyshannon, William Allingham