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Highlights of The Warp and Weft of Heritage Weekend



Friday 11th October

Exhibitions on throughout the day at the Heritage Centre Ardara


12:00 – 18:00: Exhibition “From Ireland to Hollywood: Darby O’Gill & the Little People – The World Premiere” & The Wee Paddy McGill Antiquity Collection. Conor Doyle, Lochlann McGill at the Heritage Centre, Ardara.


Official Opening of the Warp & Weft 2019

18:30 – 19:00: Official Opening of the Warp & Weft Weekend 2019 Acclaimed Irish playwright, screenwriter, film director and six-time academy award nominee, Jim Sheridan, will officially open the weekend. Dress code: Vintage. Methodist Hall, Ardara.

19:00 – 20:30: Talk “The Story Behind the Story: Wee Paddy McGill, Larry Watkin & Jimmy O’Rourke” Lochlann McGill, Adrienne Watkin, Jack Maguire, Bart Whelan at the Methodist Hall, Ardara

20:30 – close: Evening event “A fine night in 1947” at Nancy’s Bar Vintage 1947 party in Nancy’s. Live music by The Swingtime Starlets, readings by Carmel McGill, opening of Art Exhibition, post-war gin cocktails and prize for best dressed on the night.

21:00: Art Exhibition “The Wee Wild Folk” Alarnagh Barrett McGinley at Nancy’s Bar


Saturday 12th October

Scheduled Talks: 3 sessions covering Folklore, Fact and Fiction at the Methodist Hall, Ardara

09:30 – 10:00: Registration, Tea/Coffee

10:00 – 10:15: Welcome & Introduction GAP Team


Session 1: Myth & folklore: Ireland to Donegal

10:15 – 10:30: Introduction to Session Dr. Breandán Mac Suibhne

10:30 – 11:00: Land, Sea, Sky, Story: Mythologies of Donegal from Past to Present Mary MacKenna

11:00 – 11:30: A Place Apart: the early years of the Irish Folklore Commission in Donegal and Seamus Delargy Dr. Kelly Fitzgerald

11:30 – 12:00: Donegal Fiddle Music, the Filí & Finding your Genius in a Fairy Fort Dr. Caomhín Mac Aoidh

12:00 – 12:15: Q & A with panel Dr. Breandán Mac Suibhne


Session 2: Local folklorists

13:15 – 13:30: Introduction to Session Dr. Breandán Mac Suibhne

13:30 – 14:00: Donegal Folklore Collectors Aisling Ní Churraighín

14:00 – 14:30: ‘Bí ag gconaí ag éisteacht’ (Be always listening) – Seán Bán Mac Meanman Seamus McElwee

14:30 – 14:45: Q & A with panel Dr. Breandán Mac Suibhne


Session 3: Film and faeries

15:00 – 15:15: Introduction to session Professor Ruth Barton

15:15 – 15:45: The Making of Darby O’Gill & the Little People Dr. Brian McManus

15:45 – 16:15: From the Liberties to Hollywood: How Jimmy O’Dea became “King Brian” Conor Doyle

16:15 – 16:30: Q & A with panel Professor Ruth Barton

16:30 – 16:40: Close GAP Team


Saturday Evening Schedule

18.00 – 20:00: Film Screening of Darby O’Gill & the Little People The Methodist Hall, Ardara.

20.30 – 22:00: Stories with the Seanchaí with light refreshments served. Must prebook on Saturday morning as space is limited. Keith Corcoran & Bart Whelan at St. Shanaghan House, Ardara

20:00 – close: Traditional Irish Music at the Beehive The Beehive Bar, Ardara.


Sunday 13th October

Field Trip by bus

‘Watkin’s Finding Ardara: Forts, Fairies, Folklore, Fantasies and Fiddles’ Led by Paula Harvey & Brian Lacy Departing from the Nesbitt Arms Hotel at 10.30am (Duration approximately 4 hours)

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Opening Event and all screenings of the film are free of charge


Weekend Ticket (includes all Saturday Talks and the Sunday Field Trip) Full Price: €25 Concession: €20 For single admission Saturday Talks: 1/2 day: €10 Saturday Talks: Full day: €20 Sunday Field Trip: €10

Contact:  087-9214206  ardaraheritagehistory@gmail.com


20 years Gift of Life Celebration Dance

Teresa Keeney from Crumlin is having a 20 Years Celebration Fundraising Dance this Friday 11th of October in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel with music by Hard 2 Beat and local singers.The fundraiser is for the Donegal Branch of the Irish Kidney Association, the Charlie Bennett Memorial Fund and St. Luke’s Cancer Lodge in Dublin.Teresa is 20 years over her liver transplant on this date, and she will be going door to door in the coming weeks.Tickets are €10 and there will be a raffle on the night. This promises to be a great night of entertainment for worthy causes. 

Exercise Classes

An exercise class called Piloxing (shadow boxing, standing pilates and dance) is starting Wednesday 16th October 6:45 – 7:45pm in The Heritage Centre, Ardara.6 Weeks Block of Classes: €40Contact: 086-4073941 

Adams & Staats Concert in the Beehive

Adams and StaatsThere will be a Concert in the Beehive this Saturday 12th October with a performance by a group direct from Nashville called Adams & Staats, namely Brandon Lee Adams and Johnny Staats, featuring a combination of flatpicking guitar and mandolin mastery.A gifted, musically agile and versatile duo, Adams & Staats are excited to be coming to Ireland to perform for an Irish audience. The 9-gig nationwide tour, in association with UPS & IBMA, kicks off in The Beehive Bar in Ardara.The Concert begins at 8pm.A night not to be missed! 

Official Opening of Ardara Credit Union

The official opening of the Ardara Credit Union takes place this Saturday 12th October from 3pm to 6pm. Everyone welcome. Refreshments will be served and loads of prizes on offer.   

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