Ardara Notes June 28, 2012

Ardara is officially the Best Village To Live in Ireland : But the title of Best Place has gone to the Co Mayo town of Westport in the Irish Times selection. One of the judges said that Westport was chosen because it is a community of people working together to make the best of the town’s many advantages. Edel Morgan, another of the judges, spoke for Ardara: “They have done everything in their power to make the very best of what they have . . . That has to count .....”. Morgan described the community spirit of the people and the stunning beauty of Ardara; the 12 festivals, the pre-school and creche facilities set up by a woman who worked without pay for the first year, the active GAA presence. She also spoke of the 30 per cent unemployment rate. But above all came the message that this is a place where people look out for each other. Brian Forrest, a “blow-in” from Scotland, who now runs North West Sea Kayaking in the village, would not be “lured away by a better income elsewhere. Ardara is rich in a lot of other ways”. ( This information is by courtesy of www.donegaldaily.com )

Ardara is officially the Best Village To Live in Ireland : But the title of Best Place has gone to the Co Mayo town of Westport in the Irish Times selection. One of the judges said that Westport was chosen because it is a community of people working together to make the best of the town’s many advantages. Edel Morgan, another of the judges, spoke for Ardara: “They have done everything in their power to make the very best of what they have . . . That has to count .....”. Morgan described the community spirit of the people and the stunning beauty of Ardara; the 12 festivals, the pre-school and creche facilities set up by a woman who worked without pay for the first year, the active GAA presence. She also spoke of the 30 per cent unemployment rate. But above all came the message that this is a place where people look out for each other. Brian Forrest, a “blow-in” from Scotland, who now runs North West Sea Kayaking in the village, would not be “lured away by a better income elsewhere. Ardara is rich in a lot of other ways”. ( This information is by courtesy of www.donegaldaily.com )

Fundraising Dance : A dance in aid of the Irish Kidney Association hasbeen organised by the Mid-West Donegal Vintage Club, to take place ion the Highlands Hotel, Glenties, on saturday, june 30th. Music will be by Lisa McHugh and her band with dancig from 11pm till 2am. There will be a jiving competition and refreshments will be served. All are welcome and all support will be appreciated.

Golden Jubilee Celebration : A huge crowd of parishioners attended last weeks comemoration of Canon A. Laverty’s fifty years in the priesthood. After Mass, refreshments were provided in the Parish Hall and in a marquee erected for the purpose in the church grounds. A very friendly and happy atmosphere prevailed.

Congratulations : Congratulations to Declan Gavigan of Doohill, who has won a prestigious International Engineering Award as part of his studies at N.U.I.G. Declan was awarded the prize for a paper he presented on ‘Strength and Durability Performance of Stabilised Soil Block Masonry Units’ at the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) Conference in Egypt recently. This conference attracted 120 delegates from around 30 countries and included sessions on Sustainable Development and Structural Engineering; Structural Engineering and Renewable Energy Sources; Smart Structures, New Materials and Construction Techniques.

Sympathy : Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Philomena Maguire, whose funeral took place last week. Also to the family and friends of Seamus McGinley, Croagh, whose funeral was in Bruckless last Saturday.

Loughros Point Rowing Club : This club held a very successful and enjoyable Funday at Shanaghan Lough last Sunday afternoon. Rowers from Donegal, Killybegs, and the Rosses participated in mixed teams, their efforts drawing much appreciative applause from the spectators. Conditions were perfect for both the spectators and the rowers - warm temperatures and a calm surface on the lough.

Sheep Dog Trials : Sheep Dog Trials will be held down the Church Road, Glenties, beside the GAA field, on the 25th and 26th of August 2012. This will also be a family fun weekend with stalls, bouncy castles etc.. Booking for stalls will be essential. Ring 074-9557880 (10am to 2pm) or 087-9695053 . For more information email glentiescommunitycentre@yahoo.

Glenties Community Centre : Bingo in the Glenties community centre every Tuesday night at 9pm. Every line €50, every house €100. If not won Snowball jackpot €1900 on Tuesday 26th June on 45 numbers if not won €300 paid out. Inhouse draws. Snooker every night from 6pm except Tuesday.Any enquires contact 0872679321.