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.

We are currently experiencing difficulties with the website being viewed on mobile devices, Phones, Tablets etc. We are trying to sort this problem out but its proving to take longer than we envisaged. Apologies to all for the inconvenience caused.

The wedding took place in the Church of the Holy Family.on Saturday 19th of July of Declan Gallagher of Glenties and Siobhan Heena from Crumlin. The reception afterwards took place in the Blue Haven Hotel.(John Mc Connell/jmac.ie)

  The scene after a catamaran capsized on Friday 18th July off Loughros Point.  Thankfully those on board managed to swim ashore and were uninjured.  Photo by Conor J. Whyte

Caroline and Bridget molloy enjoying the Garden Fete at the Rectory on Wednesday 16th of July.
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Fair play to the gang at the  Kilclooney Tavern, pictured with the jerseys of all 32 competing countries at this years World Cup ahead of Sunday evenings final..

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

Charlie and Ann Mc Hugh pictured at then opening of the Donegal Designer Makers launch of their Wild Atlantic Exhibition on Thursday 10th of July at their pop-up shop beside the bridge. More photos from the event can be viewed here

The main organisers of the fund raising coffee morning in nancys on Sunday 29th of June. Sarah Mc Hugh, Sarah O'Loughln, Tony Quinn, Jenny Mc Hugh, Laura Bennett and Suzi Mc Hugh. Tony wil cycle the Wild Atlantic Way to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation. More info from jenny_mchugh@yahoo.co.uk

Pictured on Sunday 29th of June at the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of St Conals Church Kilclooney were, Fr Philip Daly, Fr johnny Moore, Rev John Deane, Canon Austin Laverty PP, Fr Aodhan Cannon, Fr John Gallagher and Fr Dermot Mc Shane.
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Congratulations to Ronan Whyte, Cloughboy, who was part of the U14 Irish International team who defeated Wales in the 2014 ‘Celtic Junior Snooker Challenge’ on Saturday 21st June. Ronan (centre) is pictured with fellow North West Snooker Club players, Eamon Harkin and Sean Devenney. Photo courtesy of 147 Academy.


Crannogbuí NS celebrate their victory in both the Boys and Girls section in the Ardara GAA Minor Board Parish League finals recently
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The organisers of this years Ardarathon 10k hand over the proceeds of €2500 which was divided between the Donegal Cancer Bus (Accepted by Fergus Cleary), Tirconaill AC (accepted by David Doherty) and Ardara GAA Development Fund (accepted by Club treasurer Peter Mc Loughlin) Also in included are organising committee members, Stephen Mc Cahill, Dónal Haughey, Mary Mc Hugh and Siobhan Breslin

The Ardara Under-12 team who took part in the Annual Mick Herron Tournament on Saturday 14th of June in Pearse Memorial Park with their coaches John Mc Connell and Joe Boyle. Bellaghy from Derry were the overall winners in an excellent day of competition.
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Local Bus men James Watters and Johnny D Earley were honoured on Sunday 15th of June at a function in the Parish Centre to mark their retirement from driving the school runs. Pictured above are Johnny and James with current and former teachers, From left: Brid Herron, Eileen Curran, John MIchael,O'Donnell, Patricia Moran, Conor Conaghan and Nodlaig Clerkin (Brackey Parents Committee)

Eileen Maguire presents Ardara Under-14 Captain, Eoin Harkin with the Shield after his team defeated Letterkenny Gaels in the Tomas Maguire Tournament on Saturday 7th of June. Mac Cumhaills won the Tomas Maguire cup for the first time on the day. All the photos from the event can be viewed here

Tamara Payne is welcomed home on Monday 2nd of June after  qualifying for the grand final of the Rose of Tralee in August after successfully competing in the Regional Final in Portlaoise at the weekend. Congrats to her on her achievement.
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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 game on the big screen at Ardara Show
Donegal’s quarter-final game on Saturday August 9th will be screened live at the Ardara Show. The decision, ensuring that visitors would be able to see the game on the showfield, was taken ... Read on
Holy Family Newsletter 27 July 2014
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time 27th July 2014 Very Rev. Canon A. Laverty P.P., V.F.  074-9541135 Fr. Philip Daly C.C. Kilclooney  074-9545114 WEEKEND MASSES: ... Read on
Death of Mary Ellen Gallagher nee McNelis
The death has taken place peacefully at her residence of Mary Ellen Gallagher Crannog Buí Loughros Point, Ardara. Her remains are reposing at her late residence . ... Read on
Downstrands 24 July 2014
Mac Gill Summer School; Heritage Walk will be held on Saturday 26th July , Read on
Ardara News 24 July 2014
All Star Concert: There will be an All Star Concert in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel on Wednesday 31st July. Read on
Death of Margaret Foody (nee Breslin) Letterkenny and Ardara
At the Archview Nursing Home, Letterkenny Read on
Gerard O'Donnell wins National Athletics Title in 110 metre hurdles
Gerard won the Athletics Ireland Senior 110m Hurdles title on Sunday 20 July 2014 in a personal best time of 14.57 secs Read on
Holy Family Newsletter 20 July 2014
Ardara News 15 July 2014
A visit to the Home of Enya: As part of the Gathering Week a special tour is organised for Tuesday 5th August Read on
Downstrands News 14 July 2014
Cemetary Sunday; Prayers for the deceased relatives and friends will take place on Sunday 27th July at 6pm. Read on
Record prize money in Ardara Show livestock class.
The Ardara Show on Saturday August 9th highlights a cattle class offering a total of €1,000 in prize money. The key class for a Beef Type Heifer, showing no permanent teeth, has prize ... Read on
Holy Family Newsletter - 14-07-14
Host of country stars head for Ardara
Singer and television personality Lisa Stanley is to headline a host of country music stars at Owenea FM’s’ birthday bash’ Read on
Downstrands News 8 July 2014
DOWNSTRANDS FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE Don’t Forget The Reading Tree now ‘growing’ in Read on
Holy Family Newsletter - 05-07-14
The Gathering Ardara 2014
Events for the Ardara Gathering 2014 Read on



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