Ardara News 11th Dec

Chiropidist: The Chiropidist will be in St Shanaghan House next Tuesday 15th December.

Ardara Care of the Aged: A Mass and Special Blessing for the sick will take place at St Shanaghan House Day Centre on Tuesday 15th December, 2015, at 12 noon. And everyone is welcome. This will be then followed by the annual Christmas Party.

Two Major Launches took place: Friday 4th December was a terrible wintry night yet a good crowd attended at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel for the launch of Ardara.ie and also Duchas magazine. The evening opened with a nice wine and finger food reception at 7pm and then at 7.45 proceedings got going. Local Councillor Terence Slowey got proceedings off the ground where he acknowledged all the work of the two committees involved and suggested this was another great dimension to the wonderful community spirit of Ardara. Daniel Brown from Ocean Media addressed the audience and thanked Ardara.ie committee for using their website development services and he is keen to work with businesses in the Ardara area. The launch of Ardara.ie was led by Leonard Molloy where he highlighted the wonderful values of Ardara and surrounding area having a strong and effective website. Liam McGill highlighted the value of businesses advertising on the website. Businessess can now get theri own pin code and change adverts as desired. Ardara facebook is working in conjunction with the website. The launch of Duchas was presented by Aidan McHugh where again Aidan highlighted that this was a new magazine, new image, and incorporated the area covered by Owneea FM in general. The Duchas magazine can be bought on ebooks and is in all shops in the area of South West Donegal. The evening finished with a question and answer session and the emphasis being, to help Ardara.ie succeed. Everyone must support it with information and advertising and Duchas is in all shops. Great Christmas present.

Ardara Community Development Ltd: A new Community Employment Scheme will be starting February 2016. There are positions for General Workers and an Office/Tourist Information Assistant. This is a developmental opportunity, no experience is necessary. Accredited training will be provided to support your career. You must be eligible for DSP to be considered for this scheme. (FAS/SOLAS)
If you wish to be considered for this scheme you must put your name forward to Ardara Community Development, West End, Ardara as your application must be processed by local DSP officer. CE office Tel no 074 95 37373 10am to 12pm Mon-Fri or 086 6068751 9am to 5pm Mon-Fri. Online Jobsireland.ie.

Big Christmas Switch On: Sunday 6th December was a great day in Ardara. 4pm all the kids of the town were in awe as Santa arrived from the Killybegs Road on a lovely carriage. He quickly made his way to his grotto in the hotel to greet the young people and give them gifts. As the kids danced to the party disco it soon was time to go to Siles cafe for complimentary afternoon tea. Thanks to Sile donations were accepted towards the christmas lights. At 5.30pm MC Tommy O Loughlin was on hand to welcome the great Glenties Brass Band and also Imelda Heena and her lovely church choir. They played and sang carols until Councillor Terence Slowey arrived to start the countdown to the switch on. Then Ardara Cailin Deas Lauraa Boyd and Sharon Kilbane and her Intermediate Championsship team joined Santa for the great switch on at 6pm. Ardara was lit up for Christmas 2015. Special thanks to everyone involved but especially Shane Mulreany and his team for all the work over the past few weeks to get the town lit for Christmas.

Radio station gains new 100-day licence: Donegal Sounds Ltd, the parent company of OweneaFM, the Ardara based community radio station, has secured its third 100-day licence contract with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. The current licence ends on Sunday, November 29th, and the new one will begin on Saturday December 12th. The station’s frequency remains at 100.8 and the online link is donegalsounds.com Station Manager, Pauric Gallagher, said: “We would like to thank everyone involved with the station, our sponsors and listeners for making it so successful”.

Duchas on Sale: After a busy couple of weeks and a wonderful amount of work by a small committee we are pleased to announce that Duchas the new community magazine will be on sale in all shops in the area of Donegal, Killybegs, Ardara, Glenties and Portnoo from this Saturday 6th December in plenty of time to send to loved ones abroad. Also, the magazine on sale by e-book shortly.