Ardara Community Notices Monday 14th August, 2017

Annual Agricultural Show in Ardara

The annual Ardara show took place in Sandfield on Saturday 12th August, and again it was a great success. There were great crowds in attendance and the quality of livestock on display was superb in all categories. The display in the marque again was massive and a joy to behold. There was a great selection of activities on offer in the field and it was a great day’s entertainment for all the family. The evening finished off with a great night’s entertainment in the GAA grounds with dancing well into the night.

Wild Atlantic Festival

The Annual Wild Atlantic Festival came to an end on Saturday 12th August, and we hope everyone who attended the various events took away special memories, whether it was Dancing at the Crossroads, the various Walks, the Mystery Bus Tour, the Visit to Green Gate, The Bart Whelan Photographic Exhibition or Lecture, the Blessing of the Graves, the Visit to St. Shanaghan House, or Stephen Bennett’s Art Gallery, the various films in the Heritage Centre, The Duck Race, or listening to the tender tones of Shane on the Diamond or having a cup of tea with Geraldine in the Flower Pot, visiting our Weaving Houses and Shops or the Ardara Shows, or just meeting people home on holiday because that is what this festival was about, meeting our friends as they came home.

Slowey Family Barbecue

Every year since the death of Margaret Slowey in 2009, her husband Gerard organised a barbecue in her memory to raise money for cancer care and local charities.  Sadly Gerard left us on December 17th last year, but the family Aine, Mairead and Anthony wish to continue the Barbecue in both their memories with proceeds going to Cancer Care West and two local charities.  Friends and family are helping out to make this a special event this year. A great selection of music has been organised and things kick off at 5.30pm on Sunday August 20th in the Corner House, and everyone is most welcome. Amongst the entertainers attending will be Hazemize, Red Alert, Scarlet Rose, Jimmy Kavanagh, Brendan and Paddy, Peter Miller, Gerard McTaggart, Josephine Breslin, The Duck Street Band, Black “Magic” Stuff, The Dee Tees, and many others. Also at this event The Donegal Association in Dublin will be in attendance to make a presentation to Grainne McGettigan of Cancer Care West, proceeds from the highly successful Donegal Person of the Year held in Dublin in March. Everyone is very welcome to come along and join in the fun.

Duchas Calling

Keep getting the articles in for this year’s annual Duchas Magazine. The deadline for entries is coming closer, so please get writing and send entries to or deliver to Westend House, Ardara.

Gary Gamble in Town 

Popular Highland Radio Host Gary Gamble brings his show live from Ardara this Friday 18th August, from 1.45pm to 3.30pm. the show will broadcast from the Nesbitt Arms Hotel and will talk to various members of the community about Ardara and what happens here.

Heritage Week in Ardara Area

Sunday 20th August: Ardara GAP Heritage & History Group, The Invasive nature of Nature. Guided bus tour of the archaeological sites of the Kilclooney area. Includes talks and a display on the Doon Fort ‘Adopt a Monument’ project. Bus tour departs the Dolmen Centre at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm. Booking and admission: adults: €10, children €5, family (2 adults & 2 children): €25. To book, contact: or phone 087 – 9214206.Thursday, 24th August: National Parks & Wildlife Service, Nature Walk in Sheskinmore, 11am – 2pm. A fun and educational guided walk through Sheskinmore Nature Reserve. For further information, phone 087 – 6468439, or email or http://sheskinmore.wordpress.comSaturday, 26th August: Loughros Heritage Group, ‘From The Screig to The Meal Chest’, 1.30pn – 4.30 pm. A guided moderate shoreline placenames trail along Loughros More Bay, followed by refreshments served in Crannogbui National School. Donations will gratefully be accepted. To book, contact: 087 – 6301654 or 087 – 7852520, or http://loughrosheritage.wordpress.comFurther details available in the free County Donegal Heritage Week Event Guide, which is available locally, or on

Quiz Night

Clare Molloy is organising quizzes every Wednesday night in the Annora Bar, Narin, commencing at 9.30 pm.  The quiz this Wednesday 16th August is for Doon Fort.   Everyone is very welcome to come along and join in the fun.


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