Community Notices 9th July 2019


The Bluegrass Festival

The Ardara Bluegrass Festival takes place from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July.Some of the best bluegrass acts from the USA will be in Ardara for the festival. One not to be missed!The highlight of the weekend will be The Gala Concert in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel where Alecia Nugent and her band from Nashville, Tennessee will perform together with The Henry Family and King Blue.This promises to be an excellent night and tickets are €15 in advance by contacting the Nesbitt Arms Hotel 074 9541103 or Pat McGill on 087 690714 or admission on the night is €18. The Concert begins at 8pmThe programme for the weekend is now on the Bluegrass Festival page.Keep updated on the Bluegrass Festival Facebook page

Ardara Garden Fete

Stalls, games and special attractions highlight the annual garden fete taking place at the Ardara Rectory, Killybegs Road, this Saturday July 13th.The Fete will have a number of games for children, including an opportunity to win teddy bears. There will be a draw, numerous stalls, cakes, jams and many other goodies.Afternoon tea will be served. 

Art Exhibition – Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery

The Summer Exhibition at the Stephen Bennett Studio Gallery is now open daily from 9.30am – 6pm and from 2pm – 6pm on Sundays.The exhibition features a mix of Landscapes and figurative paintings, all imbued with Stephen’s unique sense of colour. Most of the landscapes reflect Stephen’s view of the hinterland around Ardara and the wider Donegal area. The figurative paintings are also inspired by those around him, depicting people in their day to day activities.Internationally known, Stephen was this year shortlisted for the Royal Arts Prize at London’s prestigious Galleria Pall Mall.Included in this exhibition is a range of limited edition prints, both framed and unframed. All are welcome to come and view the exhibition.For more information contact Stephen on 0877923205 or see the website at 

Set Dancing Classes

Set Dancing Classes every Monday night from 8.30 to 10.30pm in the Heritage Centre.Clement Gallagher calls the sets.Tea and home bakes served. Admission €5 

Sets Céili

Set Céili next Monday night 15th July from 8.00pm to 10.30pm in the Heritage Centre.Clement Gallagher calls the sets.Tea and home bakes served. Admission €5 

Ardhill Coffee House

Ardhill Coffee House is now open on The Diamond.Enjoy a coffee and a scrumptious dessert with great views of the town and an al fresco seating area.Ardhill House Facebook page. 

Sliabh Tuaidh 3 Peaks Challenge

Sliabh Tuaidh 3 Peaks ChallengeA guided hill walk taking in the three summits of Sliabh Tuaidh.Registration will be at the Heritage Centre in Ardara at 9.00am on Saturday 20th July.Experienced walkers only with good fitness level.More information on our 3 Peaks page.Phone Kevin 087-6734875 with enquiries or message on Facebook. 

John Molloy’s (Ardara) Reunion

Tickets for the John Molloy Reunion are available now at the factory shop from Michael.Meeting at the factory at 6pm Saturday 27th July and on to the Hotel for 8.30pm.Anyone with photos from the old days at the Factory might let us know and send them to or or post on to Michael at the factory and they will be scanned in and returned.Spread the word everyone!€20 each for the Buffet/Dance. Proceeds to Woodhill Resource Centre. 

Tidy Towns

The Tidy Towns Judge will soon be visiting Ardara.We would really appreciate it if all property owners would make a special effort to ensure the facades of their buildings are looking as good as they possibly can. 

Councillor Molloy’s Report

Cllr. Anthony Molloy has made a number of representations to Donegal County Council and has made the replies available: 

Ardara GAA 10 Week Draw

The fifth draw in the Ardara GAA Development Draw took place on Monday 8th July. The winners were:
  • 1st prize €1000 – Ticket No 546 – Anton, Shay & Dearbhla Travers, Hillhead, Ardara
  • 2nd Prize €500 – Ticket No 987 – Donal Gallagher, New York
  • 3rd Prize €400 – Ticket No 556 – Declan Brennan, Bog Road, Ardara
  • 4th Prize €300 – Ticket No 945 – Stephen Roach, New York
  • 5th Prize €200 – Ticket No 694 – Harry Hennigan, Tullycleave, Ardara
  • 6th Prize €100 – Ticket No 519 – Charlie Breslin, Cloughboy, Ardara
The two winners of the €300 for being fully paid up by 7th July were: Ticket No: 794 Brian McGowan, Ballybofey Ticket No 579 Fidelma (Gallagher) McGroary USA & Meenlaharry. 

GAA Flotto Results 7th July

The numbers drawn were 3, 10, 19 and 27 and the two nearest were: Sue Watters, Meentinadea and Anne Sharpe, Kennaughty. 

Station to St Conal’s Well

The annual pilgrimage and station to St. Conal’s Well on Inniskeel Island will be taking place next Sunday 14th July beginning at 10.30am.  All are welcome. 

Goats Don’t Shave in The Nesbitt Arms

Celtic folk rock band Goats Don’t Shave will perform in The Nesbitt Arms Hotel on Friday 12th July as part of their 2019 tour.Doors open at 10pmAdmission is €15. 

Quiz Night in Annora’s

Start of the new summer of quiz nights! Wednesday 10th July 2019 at 9.30pm.In aid of Rosbeg & Portnoo Sailing & Watersports Club.Please support if you’re in the area! 

Walk in the footsteps of the Spanish Armada

Remembering those lost in 1588 on La Duquesa Santa Ana & La Girona.Walk in the footsteps of the Spanish Armada on Sat 3rd August, 2019. Departing from the Ardara Community centre at 9.30 am.The cost is €15 and booking is essential before Wednesday 31st July.Contact 

Duchas Calling

It’s the time of year to get started writing any articles for the Duchas magazine. Articles and photographs can be left in Diver’s Newsagents or West End House for collection. 

Anniversary Masses

For those viewing on the Church of the Holy Family webcamTuesday at 10.00am – Anniversaries of Philomena and Joseph Mulhern. Wednesday at 7.30pm – Months Mind Mass for Peter Maguire. Thursday at 7.30pm – Months Mind Mass for Teresa Shovlin. Saturday at 11.00am – Anniversary of Paddy Gallagher Cloughbois and deceased members of the Gallagher family. Saturday at 7.30pm – Anniversary of Joe Lough. ARDARA WEATHER   

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