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.

Country & Western Weekend

The Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh in Ardara

Zaira Breslin with the help of all the senior classes of Brackey N.S in Ardara holding a cheque for €664.18, which they raised for Crumlin Childrens Hospital by selling St. Bridgets crosses on the 1st and 2nd February. (Ciara/jmac.ie)

Ardara Senior Citizens at St Shanaghan House Day Centre

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.


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

Loughros Point Placenames
Meeting 27 Febri=uary 2015 Read on
Changes to Ardara.ie
A new committee has been elected to develop a new website. In the meantime Ardara.ie shall be updated on a limited basis Read on
Ardara Walking Weekend
14-15 March 2015 Read on
Downstrands News
24 Feb 2015 Read on
Scoil Naisiúnta Mhín Tine De Oíche Gaelach
Sunday 1st March 2015 Heritage Centre Read on
Holy Family Newsletter 22 Feb 2015
First Sunday of Lend 22nd February 2015 Very Rev. Canon A. Laverty P.P., V.F.  074-9541135 Fr. Liam Boyle  087 0562452 Fr. Philip Daly C.C. Kilclooney  074-9545114 Read on
Death of Phelim Gallagher Common Ardara
At his home. Read on
Death of Eileen Boyle Ardvalley and Castle Street Donegal Town
At Donegal Community Hospital. Read on
National Recruitment Service Manorhamilton
National Recruitment Service in Manorhamilton are taking on 35 temporary clerical officers Read on
Holy Family Newsletter 16 February 2015
6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 15th February 2015 Very Rev. Canon A. Laverty P.P., V.F.  074-9541135 Fr. Liam Boyle  087 0562452 Fr. Philip Daly C.C. Kilclooney  074-9545114 Read on
Holy Family Newsletter 8 February 2015
Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8th February 2015 Very Rev. Canon A. Laverty P.P., V.F.  074-9541135 Fr. Liam Boyle  087 0562452 Fr. Philip Daly C.C. Kilclooney  074-9545114 ... Read on
Downstrands News 1 February 2015
Climate Change: Tuesday 10th February 11.00 – 1.00 Read on
Holy Family Newsletter 1 February 2015
The Church of the Holy Family, Ardara, Co. Donegal Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Feast of St. Brigid) 1st February 2015 Very Rev. Canon A. Laverty P.P., V.F.  074-9541135 Fr.... Read on
Death of Bridie O'Keeney, Loughros Point and Ballykilduff
At Letterkenny General Hospital Read on
Change Makers Gardening Workshop
'BEES, SEEDS & WATER' 10.00 am to 1pm Read on
Placenames Meeting
A meeting to establish a group to collect and record the placenames of Loughros Point will take place in Crannógbuí N.S. Read on



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