Brown Envelope

I got a large brown envelope through the post today from the President.

One is a little suspicious of brown envelopes where politicians are concerned but it turned out to be a certificate for the Beatles and DylanFest for their part in the Gathering.

There’s also another certificate from the County Manager, Mayor and Deputy Mayor.


However, what really took me was the accompanying letter which said that the website on which the two festivals featured reached 150,000 views from a worldwide audience.

That’s pretty good and well worthwhile doing, I thought.

However, I was even more pleased that CraicOn beat it by more than 100,000 views.

Indeed CraicOn had more than 150,000 views from Ireland alone and another 100,000 from outside Ireland, mainly from the UK.


This is not to denigrate at all the Donegal Gathering website for which we are grateful but more to be pleased at how well CraicOn has taken off, especially since Grainne joined a year ago.

I can always tell when she’s loaded an article as there is a sudden surge in Views.

We’d like to expand to other towns as well so if you can write, and know the craic that is going on in your area, get in touch at [email protected]

CraicOn has been read in 118 countries in the last year. We’ve only listed those countries with more than 100 or more views.


Country Views
Ireland FlagIreland 154,545
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 80,710
United States FlagUnited States 13,456
Spain FlagSpain 2,669
Australia FlagAustralia 1,863
Canada FlagCanada 938
Germany FlagGermany 909
Singapore FlagSingapore 774
France FlagFrance 699
Trinidad and Tobago FlagTrinidad and Tobago 565
United Arab Emirates FlagUnited Arab Emirates 478
Sweden FlagSweden 465
South Africa FlagSouth Africa 451
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 415
Greece FlagGreece 332
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 286
Italy FlagItaly 265
Thailand FlagThailand 251
Belgium FlagBelgium 186
Isle of Man FlagIsle of Man 174
Norway FlagNorway 134
Turkey FlagTurkey 11