Welcome to Ardara.ie, The official website for the beautiful Parish of Ardara in South-West Donegal. We hope that you can find anything you need to know about our area on this site, and if not, do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to put you on the right road. Our area is famous for its spectacular scenery, beautiful unspoilt beaches, and the hospitality of its people.  Ardara is a designated Heritage Town and also a well known centre for the manufacture of Donegal homespun tweeds. The area boasts a thriving tourist trade and social scene, and has been dubbed "The Festival Capital of Donegal" as well as being a designated Heritage Town. If you are hoping to visit the area, we offer you a hearty welcome. If you are from Ardara and are living elsewhere, we hope we can keep you up to date with the goings on from your home parish as often as possible. If you have any complaints or comments on our site, please forward them to us at info@ardara.ie. You can also post them on our guestbook or forums. If you have photograph(s) you would like us to include on the site. Forward them to us at the same address and we will upload them on our photo gallery  If you have a news item or event you want publicised, please forward the details to the above email and we will include it in our local news section. Thank you for logging on to www.ardara.ie and enjoy your visit.

ohn Mc Connell (Chairman) and Shane Mulreany (Treasurer) of the Ardara GAA Minor Board present cheques of €1,250 to Rosaleen Breslin (Ardara Community Playgroup) and Geraldine and John Shovlin (Donegal Down Syndrome) towards their work with Special Needs children. The money was raised at their Annual Family Day in August. A sincere thanks to all sponsors who contributed to the event and those who attended on the day.

Aidan Mc Kelvey receives the Michael McNelis cup for the Ardara Under-10 Parish League from Shaun Mc Nelis and County Star Michael Murphy after his team won the final on Saturday 8th of November in Pearse Memorial Park. Also included is Ardara Minor Board Chairman John McConnell.

Pictured are recipients of Golden Pins at the Ardara PTAA Social on Sunday evening in the Parish Centre. Back : Packie Maguire (President), Patsy Gildea, John Whyte, and Patsy McHugh. Seated: Anne Byrne, Bridget O'Gara, Canon Laverty and Sally McHugh. Missing is Fr John
Susie and Vincent McConnell pictured after receiving their 60 year Fr Cullen Pins from Canon Laverty on Sunday evening at the Ardara PTAA social.

Congrats to Cliona Heena and Barry McDermott of Glenfin, who were married on Saturday 25th of October in the Church of the Holy Family. Cliona is the daughter of John and Mary Heena, Ardconall. The reception took place in the silver Tassie Hotel, Ramelton.

Rebecca Watters  and Robert Hollingsworth of Wicklow who were married on Saturday 18th of October in the Church of the Holy Family. Rebecca is the daughter of Leo and Tracy Watters of Monargan.

Well done to everyone who took part in the Divers Centra Walk for Breast Cancer on Sunday 12th of October. As the photo shows, it was very well supported. Take a bow everyone..!

A packed Nesbitt Arms Hotel on Saturday 27th of September as the Irish/American Trad group 'Cherish The Ladies' made their annual visit to the Town for the Johnny Doherty Festival.
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Pictured after the Paddy McGill memorial  lecture on Saturday 13th of September were Fr Pádraig Ó'Baoill (President Donegal Historical Society) Lochlann McGill, Dr Daragh Curran, Carmel McGill, Maria and Conal Kennedy.(John/jmac.ie)


View Ardara Tourism's promo video featuring music from our own Emily Whelan, and the many delights the area has to offer!

Ardara has also just been named as one of the 7 best villages and towns in Ireland to visit by the highly regarded 'Frommers' website See the review on this link



Ardara - Voted the Best Village in Ireland to live in by the Irish Times in 2012

The new website on the

nature, wildlife and environmental life of the Sheskinmore area can be found on


Website for the Donegal Traditional School of Music based in Ardara is www.dstim.ie 

View live events from the Church of the Holy Family here

Listen to Owenea FM, Ardara's Local Community Radio Station here



Latest Updates

Donegal County Council Broadband Sruvey
Your help is required please Read on
Death of Nellie Mc Loone Rosbeg
The death has taken place in her 94th year of Nellie Mc Loone, Rosbeg Portnoo . Her remains will arrive at St Conals Church Kilclooney tomorrow [Friday ]evening at 7p.m to repose ... Read on
Death of Mary Conlon, Leabgarrow, Aranmore Island
The death has occurred at her late residence of Mary Conlon, Leabgarrow, Aranmore Island. (Wife of Derek Conlon - Formerly Tullycleave) Remains are reposing at her late residence. ... Read on
Death of Hilda Hanlon
The Death has taken place at Donegal Community Hospital of Hilda Hanlon [nee Wilson] Hillhead ,Ardara . Funeral service in St Conal Parish Church, Ardara at 1p.m on Monday with burial afterwards in Inver graveyard House private please .Family flowers Read on
Dolmen Centre on Irish TV
Dolmen Centre featuring on Irish TV Read on
Death of Cormick Ward (Formerly Roughra)
The death has taken place peacefully at Donegal Community Hospital of Cormick (Commy) Ward, Brookfield, Donegal Town. His Remains will repose at his residence from 10am tomorrow[Thursday] ... Read on
Holy Family Newsletter - 26-10-14
Death of Mary Gallagher, Rosbeg Portnoo
The death has taken place of Mary Gallagher Rosbeg Portnoo . Her remains will arrive at St Conals Church Kilclooney this evening at 6p.m to repose both tonight and tomorrow night . ... Read on
Seirbhís Caradais Néaltrú / Dementia Befriending Service
Daoine a lorg do obair dheonach Read on
Death of Ursula Craig-Gormley Ardara and Canberra Australia
In Canberra Australia Read on
Death of Dr Phyliss Fleury
The death has taken place at The Harbour Lights Nursing Home Killybegs of Dr Phyllis Fleury Inishree House, Portnoo . Her remains will repose at Shovlins Funeral Home Sandfield Ardara ... Read on
Holy Family Newsletter 19 October 2014
The Church of the Holy Family, Ardara, Co. Donegal 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time Mission Sunday 19th October 2014 Very Rev. Canon A. Laverty P.P., V.F.  074-9541135 Fr. Liam ... Read on
Death of Mamie Kennedy
The death has taken place at Donegal Community Hospital of Mamie Kennedy Ard Conal, Ardara. Her remains will leave Shovlins Funeral Home Sandfield today [Friday] at 12noon going to her ... Read on
‘The Story of the Currach’-
An illustrated historical talk by the author of ‘The Donegal Currachs’, Dónal Mac Polín Read on
Holy Family Newsletter 5 Oct 2014
The Church of the Holy Family, Ardara, Co. Donegal 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 5th October 2014 Very Rev. Canon A. Laverty P.P., V.F.  074-9541135 Fr. Liam Boyle  087 ... Read on
Death of Owen McConnell, Kilclooneymore
Son of Vincent and Eimear McConnell Read on



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