Ireland's beautiful Lough Swilly in County Donegal, along the Wild Atlantic Way, was the setting for a dramatic story which changed the life of John Newton, a foul-mouthed slave trader who went on to pen one of the most famous and well loved songs of all time - "Amazing Grace". Newton later mentored William Wilberforce in his long battle to abolish the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Read John Newton's STORY.
The beautiful Irish town of Buncrana, just 45 minutes' drive from Malin Head (Ireland's most northerly point), less than 30 minutes from the city of Derry and 60 minutes from the Giant's Causeway is home to the lovely Amazing Grace Park and the inspirational Amazing Grace Viewing Point.
In April, Buncrana celebrates this special link with the annual Amazing Grace Festival.
Amazing Grace 250 On 1 January 1773, in a small church in Olney, England the congregation sang a new hymn written by their minister to illustrate his New Year’s Day sermon. Two hundred and fifty years later, Amazing Grace is the world’s best loved hymn and one of the most-recorded songs of all time. Watch out for special events and programmes to make AG250.
Highlights from the 2019 Amazing Grace Festival
Highlights of the UNW Orchestra and Opera - LIVE in Amazing Grace Country in May 2019.
2017 saw hundreds of visitors make the trip to Buncrana to experience the festival, the park and viewing point and to sing "Amazing Grace" in Amazing Grace Country! Enjoy this video from the Bethlehem Baptist Church choir all the way from Minnesota in the USA.