Community Notices 24th September 2019

The Johnny Doherty Festival

The Johnny Doherty Festival takes place this weekend 27th to 29th September.Dermot Byrne, Yvonne Casey and Steve CooneyFriday night is opening night with the Opening Concert in the Beehive at 8pm with Dermot Byrne, Yvonne Casey, Steve Cooney and special guests. There will be Sets and Ceilis in the Heritage Centre at 9.30pm.On Saturday there will be a Sets and Ceili Workshop in the Heritage centre from 11.00am to 1.00pm with Clement Gallagher. A Two Hand Dance Workshop takes place in the Heritage Centre from 2.00pm to 4.00pm with Ann Conaghan and Connie McKelvey.four men and a dogOn Saturday night a superb Concert takes place in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel at 8pm with Four Men and a Dog. The band made a name for themselves with their eclectic and vivacious blend of traditional Irish music with a wide spectrum of other genres, including rap, Southern rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, polka, country swing, and even salsa.On Sunday the Cró na Cleire Hillwalk takes place, leaving the Heritage Centre at 10.30am with local guide Kevin. The walk features beautiful panoramic views of Ardara Town, with Killybegs and Benbulben in the distance, the stunning Glengesh Pass where Johnny Doherty often walked on his way to Ardara, and the mountains of Aighe and Common. Duration: About 4 hours. Moderate walk. Good hiking gear essential. Fee: €25.00. Contact Kevin 087-6734875 for more information or visit the Facebook Event Page.There will be a Sean Nós Dance Workshop in The Heritage Centre from 11am to 1pm with Brenda O’Callaghan. Sets & Céili will take place in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel from 3pm to 6pm with The Ceilidh Time Céili BandThe Friel SistersSunday night sees the unmissable Friel Sisters in Concert in The Beehive Bar at 8pm

See the Johnny Doherty Festival page for the full programme of events.


20 years Gift of Life Celebration Dance

Teresa Keeney from Crumlin is having a 20 Years Celebration Fundraising Dance on the 11th of October in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel with music by Hard 2 Beat and local singers.The fundraiser is for the Donegal Branch of the Irish Kidney Association, the Charlie Bennett Memorial Fund and St. Luke’s Cancer Lodge in Dublin.Teresa is 20 years over her liver transplant on this date, and she will be going door to door in the coming weeks.Tickets are €10 and there will be a raffle on the night. This promises to be a great night of entertainment for worthy causes. 

Owenea FM

Owenea FM, the Ardara based community radio station, is staging its annual Fundraising Dance Evening on Halloween Night Thursday October 31st.This popular evening of music and dance is being held at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel, Ardara.Doors open at 9pm and tickets, available from presenters, are just €5 each. 

New Business in Town

This week we welcome Declan Gallagher Financial Services to the Town. He has opened an office in the Credit Union Premises on the Diamond. 

Out and About Drawing and Painting

Sunday 29th September at 12 o’clock. Meet at the Heritage Centre Ardara.Grab your paints and brushes for a great afternoon painting “out and about” with the Ardara Artists Group. Use whatever medium you like. Bring your own materials and wrap up warmly.Everyone welcome!Contact Colm 087-3222910 for more information. 

Art Classes

8-week Beginners’ Course in Mixed Media.Starting Friday 4th October 2019 at 7pm and continuing every Friday in the Heritage Centre.Cost: €40 per person.For more information or to book a place contact Colm: 087-3222910 

Swimming Bus to Ballyshannon

Children’s swimming lessons for ages 5+ have started up again in Ballyshannon pool. Bus leaves Ardara 5.50pm and returns at 9pm.Anyone interested can call or text 087-6779933 

Duchas Calling

It’s the time of year to get started writing any articles for the Duchas magazine. Articles and photographs can be left in Diver’s Newsagents or West End House for collection. 

Fight Plastic Pollution: A Primary School Project

Meenagowan, Leitir, Doochary.Done by inspired and creative students.Organised by Gweebarra Community Group.Come, see, be impressed!Halla Naomh Bride. 28th September at 8.00pm. 

CE Project Vacancies

Narin Portnoo Rosbeg CE Project have vacancies in Ardara, Glenties and Portnoo for Maintenance/ Caretaker Persons and Kitchen / Day Centre Assistants. CE criteria applies and participants can avail of training to upskill while on the project.To apply for the above, please email or telephone 0749545010 during office hours. 

Flotto Results

The Flotto Results on Monday 16th September were: 2, 20, 22 and 25 and the nearest were the Annie McGuinness, Edergole and Maura Kilbane, Lurganboy. 

Anniversary Masses

For those viewing on the Church of the Holy Family webcamWednesday at 7.30pm – Anniversary of Victoria BreslinThursday at 10.00am – Anniversaries of Patrick Gildea and deceased members of the Gildea FamilyFriday at 7.30pm – Anniversary of John CurranSaturday at 11.00am – Anniversaries of Philomena & Michael MaguireSaturday at 7.30pm – Anniversaries of Danny & Peggy Haughey ARDARA WEATHER  

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