Ardara News 20th October 2020


Ardara, like other communities, is experiencing difficulties with Covid 19. The community are doing a wonderful job in trying to contain the virus and hopefully we will all have the joy of a family Christmas with friends and family.

Well done to the teachers, pupils and parents who have done a wonderful job keeping schools open and safe. It is a huge challenge and it’s a massive commitment.

If you Develop COVID-19 Symptoms

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-isolate and phone the Health Centre (074 954 1134) straight away to get a test.

Self-isolation means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people. This includes the people you live with. If you live with other people, stay on your own in a room with a window you can open, if possible.

Other people you live with will need to restrict their movements.

What to do if you are a Close Contact

If you are a close contact you need to:

get tested for COVID-19

restrict your movements for 14 days – even if your test comes back negative

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you will need to self-isolate.

If you are caring for someone who cannot self-isolate, you and the rest of the household should restrict your movements for 17 days

How to get tested

You may need to be assessed for a COVID-19 (coronavirus) test if you are in one of these situations:


You suddenly experience one of these symptoms and there is no other obvious cause:

  • fever
  • cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry
  • shortness of breath
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you develop symptoms, you should self-isolate to stop the spread of COVID-19. Phone the Ardara Health Centre (074) 954 1134 or GP out-of-hours 1850 400 911 straight away to discuss your symptoms and whether you need a test for COVID-19.

Getting an early diagnosis means you can get the help you need and take steps to avoid spreading the virus.


If you are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19, you will be phoned by the contact tracing team. They will arrange a test for you. You will be tested even if you do not have symptoms.

Read more about close contacts.

Free GP assessment

Your test and GP assessment will be free of charge. This includes GP out-of-hours services.

Phone your GP. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. The GP will assess you over the phone. 

If you don’t have a GP, any GP can arrange a test for you. The GP out-of-hours services can also arrange testing.

Ardara Health Centre: (074) 954 1134

NowDOC: 1850 400 911

If your symptoms get worse

Phone your GP if your symptoms get worse while you are waiting for your test.

If you have difficulty breathing or are feeling very unwell, call 112 or 999 and tell them about your symptoms.

Where you will have your test

You will either have your test:

  • at a community test centre – some test centres are drive-thru
  • in your home

Your test appointment will be confirmed by text message. The text will include details on where you should go and when.

Before you are Tested

While you wait for your test, you should behave as if you have the virus and self-isolate. People in your household will need to restrict their movements.

Treat your symptoms at home. Drink enough water to avoid dehydration – your pee should be light yellow or clear. Paracetamol or ibuprofen may help with symptoms such as pain or fever.

If your symptoms get worse or are severe, phone your GP.

Further Information

More detailed information is available at

covid tracker

11 tips for safe and responsible shopping

1. Know  the symptoms, If you have them isolate and contact your GP immediately.

2. Keep  the amount of time spent indoors shopping as short as possible.

3. Avoid  crowds and crowded places.

4. Stay  2m away from people when queuing.

5. Wear  a face covering.

6. Practice  good cough/sneeze hygiene. Use your elbow or a tissue.

7. Pay  special attention to vulnerable people.

8. Step  aside to give others space.

9. Respect  other people including staff.

10. Wash  your hands for at least 20 seconds when you get home.

11. Keep  a log of who you meet each day.

GAA Notice

We have decided to cancel our Weekly Flotto draw until restrictions ease again as we don’t feel it’s appropriate to have our house to house sellers operating under the current restrictions. The draw will be frozen at €3,100 and anyone who has purchased tickets will be entered in the next draw.

As a result of Covid 19, our finances have been decimated this year with the loss of numerous Flotto draws and our 10 week annual €100 draw. To try and keep an income coming in to keep the club afloat and to try to meet our Teams and Public Liability insurance bills at the start of next year, we are holding a weekly online raffle for the €100 House Draw ticket at €5 a ticket that we would ask for your support with until the Flotto resumes.

First draw is on Tuesday 20th October at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased on this link:

or by sending €5 to

Thanks to everyone for their continued support.


The sympathy of the Community this week goes to:

The Toland family on the death of James Toland, Castleogary, Inver.

The Heekin Family, Largynaseeragh, on the death of Mary Heekin.

The Feeney family, the Diamond on the death of Mary Feeney in Co Down.

The Conway family, Tullycleave, on the death of Michael Conway.


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