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The Matchmaking Festival
Fri 9th November - Sun 11th November 2018

Top Bands in Town and many novel matchmaking games!


Programme of Events


Meet the Matchmaker!

Mairead Loughman

Matchmaker and Dating Specialist Mairead Loughman from will be joining us again this year to spread love in Ardara!

To book your appointment with Mairead visit
or call 087 068 0882

Mairéad is very discrete and ensures a positive and relaxed chat before helping you find your match!



Friday 9th November

Dance to

Gerry Guthrie

in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel


The Corner House Music Afternoon

A great selection of music in the Corner House on Friday afternoon.


Doherty’s Bar

Patrick O’Shea plays all the hits tonight in Doherty’s!



Saturday 10th November

Jim DevineDance to

Jim Devine

in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel


5K Run/Walk

CANCELLED. Sorry, this event has been cancelled.


Special Matchmaking Afternoon

Frank Galligan and Caroline O FiaichThe Corner House presents a special matchmaking afternoon with the King and Queen of Matchmaking Frank and Caroline from 2pm to 6pm in their pad at the Stables Bar in the Corner House. Come along and let these two wonderful people set you on the road to love.

Caroline O’Fiaich
Caroline is a frequent visitor to Ardara. For many years she has judged the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and has attended the Ardara Matchmaking Festival on several occasions and is delighted to be involved in it this time around. No stranger to the microphone, Caroline is the popular MC for the GAA Scor in Westmeath and is passionate about GAA football and hurling as well as traditional Irish music. As someone with a bubbly personality and great sense of humour, she is confident of making a match or three at this year’s festival!

Frank Galligan
Frank Galligan, no stranger to Ardara, is a former Sony Award Winner and Hot Press Award Nominee with BBC Radio Foyle/Ulster and now broadcasts on Highland Radio. He is a former presenter/researcher with Irish TV and has MC’d various showpieces including The Gathering/Diaspora in Letterkenny and the Tip O’Neill commemorative weekend in Buncrana. He is the resident MC at the Annual Bluegrass Festival in Omagh, the Jazz Festival in Derry and has been the compere at the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Longford. Like Caroline, he is looking forward to organising a number of ‘matches’ in Ardara!


Tinder Night at The Beehive

Don’t forget to “swipe right” when choosing the Beehive Bar on Saturday night for their Tinder Party with the fantastic Duck Street Jam Band


Doherty’s Bar

Music tonight with For Folk’s Sake – Sure to be a good one!


Teague’s Bar

Music for the Matchmaking with Darren “The Boot” Burke


Nancy’s Bar

Tarot Card Readings – 1pm to 5pm

Live music with Caribbean Cousins from 10pm


The Corner House

A great selection of music in the Corner House Saturday afternoon and Saturday night.



Sunday 11th November

Nancy’s Bar

Live music Sunday afternoon with The Shadynastys from 5pm to 7pm


Music in The Corner House

Great Music in The Corner House Sunday night!



Music in all the Pubs!

Various Matchmaking Games and Blind Dates!

Stay tuned for more info!

For enquiries contact:
The Nesbitt Arms Hotel (074) 954 1103



All accommodation is currently booked up.  Anyone who is looking for accommodation or who has accommodation available should contact the tourist office at the Heritage Centre on 087 3183383


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