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20-page National Geographic supplement on Donegal

The fun hasn’t stopped for Donegal since being dubbed “Coolest Place on the Planet” by National Geographic, our great county was recently honoured with a 20 page spread by Nat Geo Traveller about all the fantastic things to do, see and taste in Donegal. Biddy’s gets a small mention for a cozy place for weary feet to travel, but the rest of the supplement is just fab too!

To read the edition, simply click on the link below:

Biddy’s O’Barnes ‘Best Pint’ winners…

Biddy’s O’Barnes ‘Best Pint’ winners generous in their praise of all pubs in Donegal

by Eamonn McFadden
Donegal Democrat
6 Jul 2017

“The owners of the pub crowned as having the best pint of Guinness in Donegal say they are delighted with their win as they knew how strong the competition was in the online Donegal Democrat readers’ poll.

Biddy’s O’Barnes, in Barnes Gap, were declared the winners after polling over 5,000 votes in our online poll.

The pub is now run by Aaron Slevin and his wife Megan.

Megan said the competition caused quite a stir in the bar and they were delighted with the result.

“Myself and Aaron are pretty good connoisseurs of the pubs in Donegal so we knew we had some good competition. I think Donegal has the best pub culture in Ireland,” she stated.
The popular pub has been in the Slevin family for a number of generations and Aaron is the son of John Slevin, the former landlord, and Megan originally hails from Texas in the United States.

“We were delighted and excited by the news we won. We knew we had a ton of good competition. We chalked the win up to the locals who keep the Guinness free flowing and fresh in the bar.

“Our staff were also super keen on the competition and sent the link out to all their friends and families. We owe it to our staff who are amazing,” Megan added.
All the bars in the poll received a large amount of votes with the runners up being Sharkey’s Bar, Annagry and Whoriskey’s Bar in Cashelard, Ballyshannon.”

Donegal’s best pint of Guinness…

By Eamonn McFadden
Donegal Democrat
30 Jun 2017



The public have voted in huge numbers and the winner, according to our recent poll, of where the best pint of Guinness in Donegal is ……….is Biddy’s O’Barnes, in the Barnesmore Gap.

The well-known hostelry, just off the N15 between Donegal town and Ballybofey, polled well over 5,000 votes to finish in the top spot in the quest for a great pint.

They were pushed all the way by the patrons of Sharkey’s Bar in Annagry who came a close second and Whoriskeys Bar, Cashelard, Ballyshannon, also polling strongly to come in third place.

Proving that local pubs are still at the heart of many local communities, each of the top ten pubs in our poll, received hundreds of votes and were very well supported.

Thanks to everyone who made almost 40 pub nominations to us via social media and to all who voted.

So, wherever you go this weekend have a fun, safe weekend and if you’re enjoying a pint of the black stuff in any of Donegal’s brilliant pubs, slainté to you!”