Community Notices 21st May 2019

Celebrity Cookery Demonstration

Nesbitt Arms Celebrity Cookery DemonstrationTickets are now on sale for the Summer Lights Festival Celebrity Cookery Demonstration which will take place in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel on Friday 31st May from 7pm.Some of the finest chefs in the country will give food and cooking demonstrations. The lineup of award winning chefs includes:Anthony Armstrong – Culinary Director, Taste of Donegal and Nesbitt Arms Boutique Hotel. 2AA Rosette Winner, International Culinary Judge.Chris Molloy – Lemon Tree Restaurant – Failte Ireland Food Hero.Brian McMonagle – Boasts over 30 awards & accolades nationally – Highlands Hotel.Daniel Mularkey – Ulster Junior Chef of the Year and Passion to Inspire winner 2018 – The Loft RestaurantPlus more special guests to be announced…This is a wonderful opportunity to see and sample cooking at its finest. Sliabh League Distillery, Old Mill, Kinnegar and Dicey’s Breweries, will be on hand to allow guests sample their unique products. This is a very special night and one not to be missed.Spot prizes on the night. Win a chance to dine at the chef’s table!Limited tickets available. €20 PP.To book call the Nesbitt Arms Hotel on 074-9541103. 

Lovin’ the Hills

The Ardara Hillwalkers will be hosting a guided hill walk from Port to Maghera, one of the most spectacular coastal cliff walks in Europe, on Saturday June 1st 2019, as part of the Summer Lights Festival weekend.Join Kevin at 9.00am at the Heritage Centre (bus collection). This is a fantastic walk and takes up to 7 hours. Good hiking gear, boots, jackets etc. and good level of fitness essential.Anyone interested in participating can contact the organisers: Email Phone: 087-6734875Cost: €25 per person.Keep up to date on the Hillwalking Facebook Page 

Bread Making Competition

The Heritage Centre – 10.00am to 3.00pm Saturday 1st JuneSheila invites anyone who loves baking to get involved in this fun competition!All bakers should submit their entries to the Heritage Centre up to 3.00pm, where the judges from the main sponsor Gallagher’s Bakery will judge all baking.For details contact Sheila at the Heritage Centre 

Kilclooney Country Market at the Summer Lights Festival

The Kilclooney Country Market, based in Iniskeel Hall Portnoo, is now entering its tenth anniversary and is delighted to be invited to be part of the Summer Lights Festival. All the marketeers live locally and revel in being able to bring the best of local produce, whether it be baking or crafts, to its customers.So, whether you want the best bread and a dollop of jam or chutney, a fabulous scenic print, a hand knitted garment, scented soaps, crafty driftwood, slate & paper craft, a greeting card or a new pair of earrings, this market has it covered.Come and check us out in Mickalene’s Bar, say hello & browse a while from 11am on Saturday June 1st. You can check us out on Facebook to see our news and where & when to find us over the summer! 

Summer Lights Programme of Events

The Summer Lights programme is available locally and on the festival page. Featuring music, cookery, food & drink with the best in live music and entertainment in various venues around the town. 

Ardara Parish Church Coffee Morning

A fundraising draw with a top prize of €200 will take place on Friday May 31st when Ardara Parish Church stages a special Coffee Morning in Teague’s Bar, Ardara.Cakes, jams and other goodies will be on offer. Draw tickets are now available from church members. 

Ardara GAA 10 Week Draw

The Ardara GAA Club are organising a 10 week club development draw with €25,000 in prize money and tickets being sold for €100.00. This is for future facilities at the club. There will be 10 draws with weekly prizes of €1000.00, €500.00, €400.00, €300.00, €200.00 and €100.00. There will be a special draw for anyone who fully pays up the €100.00 in advance. Sellers will be going door to door in the Parish in the coming weeks. The first draw is on Sunday 9th June, 2019. Tickets can also be purchased in Divers Newsagents and online. 

The Fiftyniners Get Together

A wee get-together with a meal and entertainment is being planned for all those celebrating their 60th birthday this year.Anyone from the Comprehensive Classes of 1971 & 1972 are also very welcome.If there is good interest, the event will be arranged for the Nesbitt Arms Hotel on Thursday 8th August, 2019.Anyone interested can contact Stephen at  

Ardara Camera Club Monthly Meetings

The Camera Club’s monthly meetings will be held upstairs in the Heritage Centre on the last Friday of each month at 7.30pm. All welcome at all levels.Telephone Sue on 0860773359 or email for further details. 

Red Squirrels West of Ardara

Ulster Wildlife Red Squirrels West of Ardara Guided WalkBiodiversity Week at Sheskinmore Nature Reserve.Talk and guided walk with Michael Stinson, Ulster Wildlife.This Saturday 25th May 2019 at 12.00 Midday. McGlinchey’s Centre, Sandfield, Ardara. Turn off at L7743.Further information: Emer Magee, NPWS,, 087-6468439.No booking required but spaces are limited. 

Safeguarding Training Update

Parish Centre, Tuesday, from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. If you are involved with children in any official capacity, you will be welcome to come along. 

Reflexology Clinic in the Heritage Centre

There will be a Reflexology Clinic in the Heritage Centre on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Contact 087-2854668 for an appointment. 

Anniversary Masses

For those viewing on the Church of the Holy Family webcamWednesday 7.30pm: Anniversary of Bernadette Gallagher Friday 7.30pm: Anniversary of Frank McDevitt Saturday 11.00am: Anniversaries of Nancy and Francie Boyle Saturday 7.30pm: Mass for the deceased members of the Craig family, ShanaghanFirst Holy Communion at the Church of the Holy Family: Sunday 25th May is when the children of the parish will receive their First Holy Communion. The celebration will take place at the 11 o’clock Mass


The sympathy of the community this week goes to:Family and friends of the late Teresa Shovlin whose funeral took place last week.Family & friends of Jimmy McHugh, Leaconnell whose funeral takes place on Thursday at 12 noon.Family and friends of Mary Boyle, Tullycleave, whose funeral takes place on Friday 24th at 11am.  ARDARA WEATHER

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