Ardara News 6th July 2022

Ardara Public Survey

As part of the Ardara Regeneration Project, Paul Doherty Architects – Donegal Town will be carrying out a public survey, for locals and visitors, on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of July at the Diamond, Ardara, from 10am – 2pm.

This survey information will ensure the regeneration plan includes local views and covers community needs. All are welcome to come to the Diamond to participate.

Also for those not able to make it see online survey here:

Commemoration for Thomas Breslin

The commemoration night in memory of Thomas Breslin (the Diamond) which was arranged for this Friday July 8th has now be rearranged for Friday 15th.

Guided Butterfly Walk and The Flowers of The Machair

Guided Butterfly Walk

A guided walk will take place at Sheskinmore, Rosbeg on Saturday July 16th at 11.00am. Duration around 3 hours – bring a picnic.

Meet at: McGlinchey’s House, Sandfield.

Free. Everyone Welcome.

Visit the event page for further information.

Health Service Updates

Stay safe

COVID-19 is still with us. These are important things that we can all keep doing to help reduce infection:

  • isolate if you are symptomatic (even if you are fully vaccinated and boosted) or if you are diagnosed with COVID-19
  • complete your primary and booster programme of vaccination
  • continue to manage risk for yourself and others who are more vulnerable. You can do this by wearing masks, physical distancing and avoiding crowds as well as maintaining basic hand and respiratory hygiene

HSE urges more people to get their COVID-19 vaccine or booster

HSE is urging anyone aged 65 or older and anyone with a weak immune system to get their second COVID-19 vaccine booster. Without it, you’re more at risk of serious illness if you get COVID-19. This is particularly important given the recent increase in the numbers of confirmed cases. To arrange an appointment, contact a participating pharmacy or GP, or book at You can also call the team in HSE Live on 1800 700 700.

COVID-19 leaflet to support people with a weak immune system

We have published an information leaflet on Living with COVID-19 if you have a weak immune system, which is available to download in English and Irish. Some people may have a weak immune system because they have a health condition or are getting treatment for a health condition. This information is very important for anyone with a weak immune system.

There are new COVID-19 Irish Sign Language videos available on the HSE website. We have prepared new translated videos on the following topics:

  • Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen vaccine information to people aged 16 and over
  • Novavax vaccine information
  • Second booster information

We have also updated the video relating to information about the Pfizer vaccine for parents and guardians of children aged 12 to 15. The updated video with information on the vaccine for parents and guardians of children aged 5-11 will be available shortly.

Click here to view all of these videos on the COVID-19 Vaccine Irish Sign Language resources page.

Health service information for Ukrainian nationals

  • Updated mental health supports information is here
  • Disability services information is here
  • Healthcare services information is here
  • COVID-19 information is here
  • COVID-19 vaccination video, Dr Oksana Kozdoba, a Pediatrician from Ukraine, shares information about the vaccination programme in Ireland. She covers the vaccines offered in Ireland to protect babies, school children and adults.

COVID-19 Updates

If you have a weak immune system

People aged 12 years and older who have a weak immune system previously had one additional dose of vaccine, and were also offered a first booster dose earlier in 2022. The HSE is issuing SMS reminders to people in this group as their second boosters become due. Clinicians will also be identifying people who have become immunocompromised recently to be added to this group.

For more information on specific conditions or treatments, please find details here.

People aged 65 years and over reminded to get second COVID-19 booster vaccine

The HSE is reminding all those aged 65 years and over that they can avail of their second COVID-19 booster vaccine. Those with a weak immune system aged 12 and over can also get their second booster, when it is due.

Those who are now due their second COVID-19 booster vaccine can:

This second booster will give you the best protection from serious illness caused by COVID-19.

Interval between first and second booster

If you are 65 or over or 12 years and older with a weak immune system, you should get your second booster at least 4 months (at least 120 days) after your first booster. You can check the date of your last booster on your digital COVID-19 certificate.

If you have had COVID-19 in the last 4 months

You should get your second booster dose at least 4 months after your positive test result or when your symptoms started

Going to the vaccination centre

Please bring a photo ID with you. Examples of ID include passport, driver’s licence, Garda age card, student/school ID etc. but if your ID does not include your date of birth, please bring proof of your date of birth (e.g. your birth cert).

What vaccine will I get?

If you are 30 years or older you will be offered a single booster dose of the Moderna COVID 19 vaccine at the HSE vaccination centres, GPs and Pharmacies. If you are 29 years or younger we will offer you a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine. These are mRNA vaccines. NIAC has recommended people are given an mRNA vaccine for this second booster dose, and it is safe to receive if you previously had a different vaccine.

If you have not had your first booster yet

Everyone aged 12 and over can still get their first booster, and are invited to come forward and book an appointment at a HSE vaccination centre. You can find more information here.

Video explaining second booster

You can watch this video with Dr Eimear Hayes, Senior Medical Officer from the HSE National Immunisation Office. In the video Dr Hayes answers questions about the second booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 12 and older who have a weak immune system and those aged 65 and older, and explains their recommended COVID-19 vaccination course. Information about the recommended vaccine schedule for COVID-19 is available from the National Immunisation Office Website.

Treatment for people at the highest risk from COVID-19

Medicines are available to treat people with COVID-19 (coronavirus) who are at the highest risk of becoming seriously ill.

You can find more information about treatments and higher risk groups here

COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 years
If your child is aged 5 to 11 you can book their COVID-19 vaccine appointment online at a time and date that suits you. The vaccine will help to protect them and the rest of the family too. The World Health Organization has advised that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children of this age. Visit for information or to book an appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme 

You can find the latest information on vaccines administered here.

COVID-19 Testing 

Full details are available here.

COVID-19 information in other languages 

Visit for a range of COVID-19 vaccine information videos and resources that have been produced in other languages, including information on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy. 

Information videos on COVID-19 vaccination for parents of children aged 5-11 are available here

Animated videos for children about COVID-19 vaccination 

Animated videos for children are now available in English, Irish, Irish Sign Language and 11 other languages. The videos are intended as resources for parents, guardians or care workers to use to talk about the child’s COVID-19 vaccine and the process of being vaccinated with them.

The videos are also available in Arabic, Czech, Dari, French, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Urdu, and Yoruba and you can see all of the videos here.

Public Health Information

For updated information and advice on Coronavirus, please go to: and Clinical and professional guidance relating to COVID-19 is available on where you’ll find up to date guidance for healthcare settings and non-clinical settings.

Please check here for partner resources for COVID-19.

You can find translated resources here.

You can find the COVID-19 A-Z information here from the HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

You can view the latest information on how Ireland is responding to cases of COVID-19 here.

Ireland’s COVID-19 Data Hub is available here.


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