Ballyshannon (meaning "The Mouth of Seannachs ford") is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. It is located at the southern end of the county where the N3 and N15 cross the River Erne, and claims to be the oldest town in Ireland and is steeped in history.
Today Ballyshannon is a vibrant town – the gateway to County Donegal, which makes the town an ideal base from which to tour the county as well as the neighbouring counties of Sligo, Leitrim and Fermanagh.
Ballyshannon is rich in terms of drama, music, sport and business. Ballyshannon is twinned with Sene in Brittany, France since 1991. Ballyshannon is also twinned with Grenay, Pas de Calais, France since May, 2008.
Ballyshannon is the birthplace of the well-known poet William Allingham (1824-1889) and one of the world’s greatest Rock guitarists Rory Gallagher (born 2nd March 1948) - The Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival will be held from 28th May to 31 May 2015 in Ballyshannon.