Ardara News 24th June 2022

Grant Awarded: Protecting & Enhancing Ardara’s Natural Heritage

We’re delighted to share that Ardara has been awarded funding under the Local Authority Waters Programme to research and enhance our local river and woodland biodiversity. This project is to help answer the needs of the community, especially our younger community members.

The project is step one of our Natural Heritage initiative and will include a biodiversity report for Ardara and its environs, new signage for the town highlighting local flora and fauna and a number of guided nature walks led by our partners Nature Learn.

Kicking off in July, we look forward to delivering on the ask of Ardara’s children in learning more about our local nature.

Thanks to the Local Authority Waters Programme and Jimmy McVeigh for their support!

If you would like to be involved in the Innovating Ardara group, pop us an email at:

All welcome.

Dragonfly Ireland Workshop


“An Introduction to Dragonflies and Damselflies” takes place at Sheskinmore Nature Reserve.

It will run from 10am to 3pm on Saturday June 25th and will be led by Dave Wall. Numbers are limited but there are a number of places still available.

A spokesperson said: “During this workshop we will look at the features used to identify Ireland’s dragonfly and damselfly species, how to survey for them, where to find them. We will visit local wetland habitats in search of some of the dragonfly and damselfly species found on this beautiful and remote stretch of the Irish coastline.

“This workshop is suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their identification skills.”

Places cost €20, with a special student rate of €10.

Booking details and further information can be found on the Eventzilla page.

Bus Parking

It would be so appreciated if the bus parking area in the town car park could be left for the use of buses only during the summer season.

This is a most important issue and every member of our community’s help would be appreciated in dealing with this matter.

Careers at Sliabh Liag Distillers

Check out their careers page for the latest job opportunities with Sliabh Liag Distillers.


We are looking for a full-time focused and diligent distiller who can support our Head Distiller in the day-to-day operation of our Forsyth 2 ton mash Irish Single Malt, Pot Still, and Gin distillery.

Covid-19 – Second Booster Vaccine Update

Ardara Health Centre is in the process of ordering second booster vaccinations.

Any patients OVER 65 years old are eligible for the vaccine. You can get your second booster at least 4 months after your first booster.

If you have had Covid-19 since your first booster, you must wait at least 4 months after you tested positive or from when your symptoms started.

Patients of the surgery can ring 074-9541134 to register their name on our vaccine list and we will contact you when clinic date is confirmed.

The Late Roisín Purcell

Sympathy is extended to the family of Roisín Purcell (nee Byrne), Laurence Avenue, Maynooth, Kildare and late of Ardara, who died peacefully on June 16th at Maynooth Lodge Nursing Home.

Beloved wife of the late Tom, deeply regretted by her loving daughters Anne and Trish, son Hughie, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, her nine grandchildren, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass took place on Saturday at 10am in St. Mary’s Church, Maynooth, followed by burial in Laraghbryan Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilis.


There was no winner of this week’s jackpot. The numbers drawn were 2, 5, 16 and 26.

Nearest were Caroline Maloney, Brackey and Mary Kelly, Woodhill Grove.

Next week’s jackpot is €4,200.


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