Summer Lights Events

Summer Lights kicks off tonight Friday 31st June for what promises to be an exciting weekend of cooking, baking, food & drink, live music and entertainment!

Friday 31st June 2019


Summer Lights Food Extravaganza: POSTPONED

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Summer Lights Celebrity Cookery Demonstration has been POSTPONED until further notice. The Nesbitt Arms apologises for any inconvenience this has caused.  Please contact the hotel for refunds of tickets purchased.Nesbitt Arms Hotel 074-9541103. 

Great Music in Town

Beehive Bar: Big session in the Beehive with Jim, Fi and Peter Campbell fresh back from their tour of Portugal! All musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers welcome as ever.Nancy’s Bar: Music in the bar with the popular Cat Dowling from 10pmCorner House Bar: The best of Irish & popular musicMickalene’s Bar: Live Music

Saturday 1st June 2019


Lovin’ the Hills: Guided Hillwalk

Lovin' the Hills - Guided Hill Walk - Ardara

Departing Heritage Centre at 9.00am

Kevin will lead a team of walkers on the stunning Port to Maghera Walk – not for the faint hearted. This is one of the truly great walks!

Rockwell Kent’s ‘Annie’ depicts a Donegal girl lying on the cliffs

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.

€25 per person.

Contact Kevin in advance: 087-6734875


Summer Lights Baking Competition

The Heritage Centre –  from 10.00am

Sheila encourages everyone who loves baking to get involved in this fun competition! The 3 Categories are:

  • Scones
  • Cakes
  • Homemade Bread
Please submit all entries on Saturday the 1st of June between 10-11 am. Judging will take place at 1pm. Everyone is welcome to come and taste the treats after judging along with a complimentary tea or coffee.May the odds be ever in your flavour!

For details contact Sheila at the Heritage Centre or visit the Facebook Event Page.


Kilclooney Country Market

Mickalene’s Bar – 11am to 3pmkilclooney country marketThe 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 them out in Mickalene’s Bar, say hello and browse a while from 11am on Saturday June 1st.You can check them out on Facebook for all the latest news.


Open Air Session at Woodhill

Woodhill House – 2.00pm.

Join John and James as they welcome you to Woodhill Lawns for the best in music by Gabor & Erno. Also enjoy a sample of Donegal’s best brewed beer with a complimentary slice of bread.

This was a huge event last year. Complimentary transport from the Diamond from 1.45pm.


Glenties Brass Band on the Diamond

The Diamond – 2.00pm

Come along and enjoy the wonderfully talented Glenties Brass Band for an open air performance.


Baking with Breezy

The Corner House Bar – 4.00pm

Enjoy the delights of baking with Breezy Kelly, with live music by the great Gypsy Rovers band, and a fine selection of locally brewed craft beers.


Barbecue & Music

Nancy’s Yard – 5.00pm

Come along and enjoy the best of music in Nancy’s Yard with ‘Flair’ and join the greatest open air BBQ of the season!

Seafood menu in Nancy’s Bar all weekend.


Cocktail Bonanza!

Mickalene’s Bar – 6.00pm

Join Michael and Charlene as they serve the best cocktails in town during the Cocktail Bonanza.


Great Music in Town

Beehive Bar: Irish Session with the best of Irish music.

Nancy’s Bar: Midnight Preachers from 10pm

Corner House Bar: Lost River Band

Mickalene’s Bar: Live Music

Doherty’s: Top Bands


Sunday 2nd June 2019


Afternoon Tea on The Diamond

The Diamond – 1.00pm

Sheila invites everyone to afternoon tea at Ardhill Guesthouse Yard in the company of hosts Joe and Celine.

There will be an honesty box and all donations will go to raising funds for a new tennis court for Ardara Town. Come along, support the community, enjoy the Bank Holiday and sample our delicious homemade fayre!


Open Air Music Special

The Diamond – 2.00pm

Top local bands with great live music. A fun afternoon for everyone.


Seafood Special

The Beehive Bar – 3.00pm

The King of the Oyster Charlie McHugh will give a demonstration and presentation on Oysters and Seafoods in the Beehive Bar. Join Charlie for some great seafood and beer from one of Donegal’s great pubs.


Baking with Breezy

The Corner House Bar – 4.00pmEnjoy the delights of baking with Breezy, with local Donegal brewers and the music of the Lost River Band. 

Tapas & Music in the Yard

Nancy’s Yard – 5.00pm to 7.00pmOnce again Nancy’s Yard hosts a great afternoon of Barbecue & Music with Seeds of the Oaktree.Chef Daniel McHugh will present his unique tapas – not to be missed. 

Cocktail Bonanza

Mickalene’s Bar – 6.00pmJoin Michael and Charlene as they present the best cocktails in town at the ‘Cocktail Bonanza’. 

Great Music in Town

Various venues – from 10.00pmBeehive Bar: Irish Session with the best of Irish musicNancy’s Bar: Declan McClafferty & FriendsCorner House: Gypsy RoversMickalene’s: Live MusicDoherty’s: Top Sounds

Monday 3rd June 2019


Relax with an Afternoon of Meditation & Pampering

To book contact Celine 087-6330800 or Carmel 087-9335856


Live Music in Nancy’s

Nancy’s Bar – 6.00pm – 8.00pmMusic in the bar with Nicky Millar

Summer Lights on Facebook

Contact Pat 087-6900714


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