Ardara News 13th April 2023

Rich Loughros Place-Lore Recorded in New Book

Loughros Heritage Group is delighted to announce the launch of its new publication, called ‘Pointe Luacharois, Loughros Point: Placenames and Tales of Nooks and Crannies’. The publication is the culmination of a multi-year project which began in 2015 when the Loughros Heritage Group was founded.

A spokesperson for Loughros Heritage Group said: “When we initially came together we were acutely aware of the rapid loss of placenames and their associated knowledge and knew it was paramount that we took action to record them for posterity. Since then, the group has been actively working with the local community and diaspora and have recorded 600 placenames across 16 townlands.”

The 174 page, A4 publication contains a breakdown by townland of each of the placenames which derive from Irish, English and Scots. The origins of the placenames recorded are various, such as mythology and folklore, an event or particular use or may even relate to family or person. This rich oral repository shows that our ancestors had an innate connection and understanding of their surrounding landscape.

The spokesperson further added: “We were extremely fortunate during the production of the publication for the invaluable assistance of Desmond Gallagher (Designated Media) and Donnchadh Ó Baoill, Rann na Feirste, a member of the Irish Placenames Committee. Desmond worked tirelessly on the design and layout and has brought the publication to a high professional standard. Donnchadh provided expert advice on the translation, spelling and proofreading of placenames and we are honoured that he has agreed to launch the publication.

The publication is part funded by Creative Ireland through the ‘Culture and Creativity Grant Scheme’, Donegal County Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

Pointe Luacharois, Loughros Point: Placenames and Tales of Nooks and Crannies will be launched on Saturday 22 nd April at 3pm in the Parish Centre, Ardara (adjacent to the Church of the Holy Family), eircode: F94 VX98 and will be available to purchase priced €20. Following the event, the publication will be available in local outlets. In order to gauge the number of attendees, the group are asking those who are interested in attending the launch to please email:

See the Event Page.

Loughros Heritage Group Book Launch. Placenames and tales of nooks and crannies.

Anonymous Auction Night

Anonymous Auction

This Friday 14th April at 9:30pm sharp in Nancy’s Bar.

An anonymous auction of artwork by local people and artists with beautiful, bright and colourful art.

Make a bid for a cause.

In Aid of Ardara Cardiac First Responders plus BUMBLEance Children’s Ambulance services.

For further info: 087-2842012.

See the event page for more.

Children’s Active Hour

Starting Thursday 20th April at the Ardara Community Centre – Children’s Active Hour from 4-5pm.

Cup of Tae Festival

The Cup of Tae Traditional Music Festival 2023

The Ardara Cup of Tae Festival takes place again this year on the May Bank Holiday weekend, Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May 2023.

This year we honour the wonderful Donna Harkin.

This year’s programme is now available on our Cup of Tae Festival page.

All the year’s festivals are now listed on our Festivals page, and check out our Events page to find out what other events are happening in Ardara.

Town Healthcheck

Awake Tourism and Paul Doherty Architects invite the entire Community of Ardara to a presentation of the completed ‘Town Healthcheck’, and an opportunity to be part of the next steps in developing a regeneration Plan for Ardara, that aims to respond to the present and future needs of the Community.

In an informal, open workshop setting, we will explore possible opportunities to enhance our town for the residents, visitors, and Businesses. You will be invited to look at some draft proposals and to be part of the briefing process.

The workshop is open to all interested individuals, groups, associations, traders, etc and in particular to the young people of the Community.

Join in, bring a pencil!

7pm at the Ardara Heritage Centre – Tuesday 18th April 2023.

Late Nora Shovlin

Sympathy is extended to the family of Nora Shovlin, who died peacefully in Harbour Lights nursing home, Bruckless on Tuesday.

She is sadly missed by her son Brian, her daughters Marie, Majella, Ann, Noreen, Regina, her 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, her daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, her sisters Maura, Roise, Kitty and Eileen, her extended family, friends and neighbours. Nora is predeceased by her husband Danny and her son Philip.

Removal from her late residence at 12.40pm on Thursday going to the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara for funeral mass at 1pm with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.


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