Community Notices 24th July 2018


Congratulations to the Loughros Point Rowing Club who took home five cups at the Mountcharles Regatta on Sunday last! 

Great Day at the Garden Fete

The Garden Fete took place at the Rectory recently. A great crowd attended and everyone enjoyed the many genius and recreational activities organised for the day. This is always a special day in the life of the Parish and congratulations to all involved. 

11th Annual Bluegrass Festival a Huge Success

The ever popular Bluegrass Festival which took place last weekend was a huge success.Congrats to Pat McGill on having organised another great Bluegrass Festival. Crowds from far and near came to enjoy the best in Bluegrass music with Jeff Scroggins & Colorado and the McLain Family being outstanding and capitaviting the hearts of all. 

Wild Atlantic Festival

Brochures detailing all the events for the week are now available in the Heritage Centre for anyone who wishes to collect them, or visit the festival page.The Wild Atlantic Festival will take place on 4th to 11th August and will include many activities, tours and walks to name but a few. Some of the highlights of the week will be:
  • Saturday 4th: The En-enactment walk from Rosbeg to Killybegs (see above)
  • Monday 6th: A local walk, dancing at the Crossroads, a country dance with all star band
  • Tuesday 7th: Weaving & Craft display in St. Shanaghan House
  • Thursday 8th: Weaving Display in Molloy’s Factory Shop on the Killybegs Road
  • Friday 10th: Weaving & Craft display in the heritage Centre, visit to Stephen Bennett Art Gallery, Duck race on the Owenea River
  • Saturday 11th is Show Day and also a Coffee morning at the Flower Pot to name but a few
Other events are Bart Whelan’s Photographic Exhibition in the Heritage Centre, Street Music and various films. 

Spanish Armada Anniversary

La Duquesa Santa Ana Re-Enactment Walk commemorating the 430th Anniversary of the Spanish Armada: 1588-2018.Come walk with historic re-enactors in the footsteps of the 900 survivors of the Duquesa Santa Ana from Kiltoorish (Rosbeg) to Killybegs. Family friendly event. Walk duration and length approximately 30 KM (8 hours or walk what you can). Registration will take place at the Ardara Community Centre [map] 8.30 to 9.00am, Saturday 4th August. Bus transfers to/from start/finish.Adult (over 16 years): €20.00 Children freeAll walkers meet at the Commons School, Killybegs at 6pm for the final walk into Killybegs and the closing ceremony. Find out more on

25 years since ‘Secret of Roan Inish’ filming

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the filming locally of the ‘Secret of Roan Inish’, Downstrands Family Resource Centre are offering a ‘one night only’ screening opportunity to see this lovely film.Come along and view this wonderful story, see who you can recognise from the local characters that took part, and the landscapes around Rosbeg.Admission is by donation, and all funds raised will go to the Counselling Service organised through the Downstrands FRC.A lovely evening of family entertainment is guaranteed.Venue: Dolmen Centre, Thursday 2nd August @ 7pm 

Family Fun Day! *Change of Date*

The Dolmen Centre are hosting a Family Fun Day on Narin Strand on Saturday 4th of August starting at 1pm.Lots of family activities to be had, including Egg & Spoon and 3-legged races, Tug of War, Stalls, BBQ’s, Music and much more! For the artistic among you, there will be a Sandcastle/Sand Art competition on the beach itself.Entry for this event is €10, with prizes to be had for various categories.Join us for what promises to be ‘A good day out’! All funds go towards the running of the Dolmen Centre.Volunteers needed to help organise on the day. Please call or drop into the Dolmen Centre to register.

Duchas Calling

The committee of the Duchas are asking for articles and stories for this years edition which will be on sale in December. Send articles to, or 

Basket Weaving Classes

Eugene Byrne, famous basket-weaver from Teelin, will be making and teaching basket weaving in the Heritage Centre on Friday 10th August, 11am-4pm. Free drop spindle classes will also take place.Booking essential. €40 for the day including rods which will be supplied.For more information phone Colm: 087 3222910 

Annual Blessing of the Graves

The Blessing of the Graves will take place at 2.30pm on Sunday August 5th at the graveyard adjacent to the Church of the Holy Family, Ardara

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