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.

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.

Action from the Ardara v Naomh Conaill Championship quarter final on Saturday 18th of October in Donegal Town which ended in a draw on a 1-9 (Ardara) to 0-12 scoreline. The replay takes place on Weds 22nd of October in Ballybofey.
The game will be broadcast live on Owenea FM on  www.donegalsounds.com

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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The Ardara Senior Reserve team who defeated Four Masters 1-13 to 1-9 in the Championship on Sunday 28th of September in Donegal Town.

Kieran Breslin goes flying in Tirconaill Park on Sunday 28th of September in the Senior Championship clash with Four Masters. The match ended in a 0-9 each draw. Next match is on Sunday 5th of October at home to Glenfin at 1.30.pm and 3.pm.

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)

Tony Quinn pictured outside Nancys Bar with his partner Jenny Mc Hugh and friends on Saturday 6th of September after he finished his Cycle trip of the Wild Atlantic Way for the Irish Heart Foundation.
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Members of the Ardara Mens Sheds association with County Arts Officer Traolach O'Fionain and Michael Molloy of John Molloy Ardara Ltd pictured at the launch of the new loom on Friday 29th of August at John Molloy Ardara Ltd.
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Eddie Ward, Myles Sweeney, Mary and Bartley Haughey pictured at Doon Fort on Saturday 23rd of August at the National heritage Week event which drew big crowds to the Historical Site at Lough Doon. 
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Donegal Rose, Tamara Payne from Garrowart pictured on stage with Daithi O'Sé on Tuesday 19th of August at the Final of the Rose of Tralee. Tamara done a great job on the night and has been a great ambassador for Ardara and Donegal. All the photos from the night can be viewed here

Breege Haughey formerly of Leaconnell, Ardara  with her son Elijah who graduated recently with distinction from Kings University Hospital, London.

Another fantastic day at the Shows in Sandfield on Saturday 9th of August. Photo shows the crowd who watched Donegal's victory over Armagh on the Big screen. All the photos from the shows can be viewed here


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

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
Holy Family Newsletter 28 Sept 2014
The Church of the Holy Family, Ardara, Co. Donegal 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time 28th August 2014 Very Rev. Canon A. Laverty P.P., V.F.  074-9541135 Rev. Liam Boyle, C.C. ... Read on
The Friends of Letterkenny Hospital
An Information evening on The Friends of Letterkenny Hospital will be held in St Shanaghan House on Weds 1st of October at 8.30.pm.The Chairman of the Committee Mr Donal Kelly will attend ... Read on
Downstrands News 25 September 2014
Ciorcal Cainte
The Irish language conversation hour resumes next Wednesday, Oct. 1st, in The Parish Centre at 8.30 p.m. This year we will have two groups; one for those who are fluent and another for ... Read on
Ardara Methodist’s Harvest Thanksgiving Service
Ardara Methodist’s Harvest Thanksgiving service Read on
Death of Bridget Teresa McLoone nee McHugh
USA and Ardara Read on
Tir Chonaill Athletics Club
Tir Chonaill Athletics Club will resume training on Tues 9th Sept Read on
Death of Margaret O'Donnell 173 Ard Connell Ardara
At St Luke's Hospital Dublin Read on
Downstrands News 2 Sept 2014
All the news from Downstrands Read on
Holy Family Newsletter - 31-08-14



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