Ardara news, Jan. 16th

Ardara recently experienced the death of prominent members of our community. Just before Christmas Don Breslin of the Narin Road passed away after a recent illness. Don was a very important and well liked member of our community. He was a qualified teacher but instead he took over as senior barman at Nancys Famous Pub on the front street, and served there for 37 years. Don was synonymous with Nancys and was loved by all who visited there. This was evident in the huge number of sympathies that were recorded from all over the world on his death. Don had a great sense of history, he loved to travel, and enjoyed discussing both in great detail, with friends and visitors alike.Those us who had the priviledge to play football with or against him have beautiful memories of both a class footballer and a hilarious character when things were not going well.  On the pitch I can still see that instant glare before the attack. We all loved Don and he will be sadly missed, and a very important member of our community is gone. Months mind mass Sunday 17 January at 9am. Sympathy of the community to all the family and to Don dear dear friends the Mc Hugh family in Nancys

At Christmas 2015 our community was saddened by the death of Colvin Baskin from the front street who in recent years lived in Garrogart. Colvin was an institution to those who knew him in Ardara. He spent many years in Baskins Garage working with his old friend George Adair amongst others .Friends and neighbours have beautiful memories of a handsome and lively young man in his youth, full of fun and part of everything in the parish. Colvin was very much part of Ardara and the huge numbers at the wake showed reflected that. Colvins funeral was one of the biggest ever seen in Ardara.  A testament to his popularity and to his wonderful children who are also so popular. Sympathy is extended to all the family and friends.

On the 23rd December 2015 Susanna Mulhern from Crannogbui passed away. Susanna was a lovely lady to all who knew her and her passing is grieved by all her many friends but especially her loving family. Susanna was buried on Christmas Day after 1 o clock Mass.

Bridget Kennedy formerly of Tullymore, and sister of Packie Kennedy of Ard Connell, was buried after 11 0 clock Mass on Sunday 10th January. Bridget was a nurse and lived most of her life in England. Sympathy is extendted to all her family and friends

Brianie Cannon of Crove died during the week and was buried on Thursday 14th of January in Kilcar. Brianie was a very popular and respected member of the community of Crove. He was a regular to Ardara, and was always a great character to meet. He loved music and often played the squeeze box as he called it himself. Sympathy is extended to his nieces and nephews the Cunningham Family of Cloughbois.

Exciting News Now

Niamh Breslin from Cronkerrin daughter of Gerard and Roseleen Breslin will appear tonight Saturday 16 January 2016 on the UK Voice on BBC 1 at 7:30 pm. This a fantastic achievement for this wonderfully talented but shy young lady. Niamh has had to compete her way through six auditions against hundreds of thousands of other talented musicians to get to the live stage. Whatever happens tonight, everyone in Ardara is so proud of Niamh. Niamh works in the Corner House and if you’re lucky, you might hear her sing the odd song there. Well done Niamh, we all know how talented you are.