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Johnny Doherty Festival Ardara 2013

Johnny Doherty Festival Ardara 2013

This year’s Johnny Doherty Festival takes place in Ardara on the weekend of September 27-29.

Following on from the huge success of last year’s festival which brought people from all over the world to the scenic town of Ardara, the organisers are confident of a successful weekend again this year. The organisers hope to provide something for everyone to enjoy, with Concerts, Ceilis, Barn Dances, Sean Nós, Set Dancing, Workshops, Pub and Street Sessions.

Celebrating its 5th anniversary, this festival is going from strength to strength. It all kicks off this year on Thursday the 26th September with the unveiling, at the Diamond, Main Street, Ardara, of a sculpture dedicated to the fiddle legend Johnny Doherty. This stunning sculpture was commissioned by the Ardara Comhaltas branch and was sculpted by Redmond Herrity.

Already confirmed for the weekend are the ever popular Irish/American group Cherish The Ladies who make a welcome return to the festival. Also appearing will be the very talented Friel sisters from Glasgow. The Campbell family, Denise Boyle, Martin McGinley, Derek McGinley, Tara Connaghan, Aidan O’Donnell, Jim Byrne, Fiona Heywood and Donna Harkin are just some of the musicians who will feature throughout the weekend.

The Emerald Ceilidh Band and Ceilidh Time will provide the music for the sets and ceilidh dances.
Set dancing workshops with Mick Mulkerrin and a ceilidh with Clement Gallagher will feature on Saturday the 28th along with master class workshops in fiddle, flute, accordion and piano – workshops must be booked in advance.

There will also be pub and street sessions throughout the weekend.

For full details of the programme, visit

Annual Patrick McGill Lecture 2012

Annual Patrick McGill Lecture 2012

Donegal Historical Society

The Heritage Centre, Ardara, Co. Donegal
Sat, 15th September

“The Early Medieval Kingdoms of Donegal” by Dr. Brian Lacey
Copies of his new book “Lug’s Donegal Kingdom” will be available.

Teach Ceann Tuí B&B

Teach Ceann Tui

Teach Ceann Tuí B&B

Situated on Loughros Point in Ardara on the south west coast of Donegal, Teach Ceann Tuí is a family run bed and breakfast with a difference.

Contact Paul and Samantha on +3537 495 37814


As the guest you will have exclusive use of the one hundred year old thatched cottage (sleeps maximum of four) with a cosy, stylish sitting room and a shower room. Plus use of the large secluded garden.

The locally sourced (free range and organic where possible) breakfast is made from the best possible produce and can be taken in the family kitchen in the connected extension or in your private sitting room.

Teach Ceann Tuí (pronounced choh-kee-un-tee), which is Irish for thatched cottage, aims to be an exclusive, quality bed and breakfast.

In our unique set up you get exclusive (separate from the family and no sharing with people you do not know) use of the thatched cottage and small extension. The thatched cottage contains the large double bedroom with it’s own fireplace and the stylish sitting room with a wood burning stove whilst the sympathetic extension houses the small double bedroom (which can be set up as a double or as bunk beds) and shower room with wc.

You have your own dedicated entrance, making it easy to come and go as you please and use of the large child friendly garden is shared with our small family.

The cottage is set on a small hill overlooking Loughros Bay and the town of Ardara which is a pleasant half hour walk or 2 minute drive along Loughros Point.

At breakfast only the best local produce is used (free range and organic where possible) in the full Irish, and vegetarians are easily catered for with the option of a veggie full Irish or continental breakfast. Also, you have the choice of having it in our family kitchen, in your private sitting room, or even taking it back to bed!

Tea and coffee making facilities are available in your private sitting room along with homemade biscuits on arrival.

As parents ourselves we want to promote affordable family holidays by having all under 16’s stay for free and helping out with equipment for younger children. Please feel free to ask and we’ll do our best to help out.

Needless to say we will be around to offer help and advice on getting the most from the surrounding area with secluded white sand beaches, hillwalking, cycling, golf, archaeology, surfing, scenic drives, restaurants, festivals, pubs and much more available.

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Visit Ardara

Visit Ardara

Ardara is located in South-West Donegal. The 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.

Guilty of Rhythm – The Show

Guilty of Rhythm – The Show

Guilty of Rhythm’s first recorded original, recorded, mixed and mastered at Bridge Studios, Ardara, Co Donegal, Ireland on 29th and 30th December 2011. All Rights Reserved. Song and Lyrics Copyright Protected – Guilty of Rhythm (Ireland) 2012.

Guilty of Rhythm are: Deirdre McGill, Rory Boyle, Kevin Herron, Alex Jackson, James O’Malley and Michael Stewart

Guilty of Rhythm – Youtube Comments

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Donegal Heritage Tweed

Filmmakers Jamie Delaney and Keith Nally’s beautiful short, made in collaboration with heritage enthusiast and Acne Paper Editor Charlotte Rey, profile one of the last surviving weaving mills, Molloy & Sons. Based in the windswept County Donegal, Ireland, current father and son duo Sean and Kieran Molloy have a pedigree dating back over six generations and weave premium tweed from the famous Donegal yarn. “I think that with old crafts which are indigenous to areas like this, it’s really hard to divorce them from their landscape,” says Delaney.

Over the course of three days’ filming, Delaney and Rey captured the family’s impressive artisanal skill and dedication to a dwindling industry. Amidst the bleak but beautiful scenery surrounding the mill, the textile masters explained how their authentic Donegal weaves were inspired by the muted tones and flecks of color in the local heather, bracken and wild flowers. “Tweed is part of the cultural DNA in a sense; it’s been there for generations and it’s a pillar of a fabric industry that is now disappearing,” says Rey. “What should really be shining through is the love and the passion of these people.”

Arthur’s Day at The Corner House Ardara

The Corner House, Ardara invites you to our Arthur’s Day event on 22nd September 2011 at 17.59

In 2001, the Corner House was purchased by the partnership of Peter Oliver, Eamon McNelis and Stephen McCahill. Peter Oliver is one of the great enigmas of Ardara. He owned and managed the Central Bar in the centre of Ardara for many years and was instrumental in the development of Ardara as a great tourist destination. Peter Oliver has brought all that experience and knowledge to the Corner House and is a key factor in making the Corner House what it is today, one of the main factors is the sustaining of Ardara as an important tourist attraction in Co. Donegal.

Corner House – Facebook Page

The Corner House Bar, Ardara is steeped in the history of the town. The older generation can recall F. X. Cannon as the landlord there and his unique and traditional Corner Shop and Bar. Later the premises came into the ownership of John Sharpe and his family when Francie Cannon passed on. John was the shophand all his life at the Corner House and was a popular and respected Landlord. In the 1990’s John handed over the reins of the business to his daughter Janet who completely refurbished the premises and made it one of the finest bars of its time in Ardara and surrounding area.

Throughout the summer and at weekends musicians from all over the world descend on the Corner House and some of the finest music can be heard at the Corner House. The Corner House is the perfect place to meet friends and visitors and have an enjoyable drink in peace and tranquillity. Many articles and stories have been written about the Corner House but only a visit to this unique establishment can one appreciate why it is regarded as one of Irelands pure most Pubs.

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