The wild winds and driving rain weren’t the only forces of nature to visit Ardara over the holiday period. The rockabilly phenomenon that is Imelda May hit town between Christmas and New Year’s - and delighted locals with some impromptu sing-a-longs in local hostelries.
According to Stephen McCahill, this was the singer’s first visit to Ardara. A native of Dublin, she came up to see her brother Brendan and his partner Josephine who have a holiday home there. “They spend a lot of time here in Ardara and are a very popular couple,” he said. “Imelda’s parents also visit a lot and, when they do, they often spend evenings in the pub. As they are both good singers, they usually join in the sessions with a song or two.
“When she was here, Imelda visited a lot of the shops and spent time in both the Nesbitt Arms and The Corner House. She treated us all to a few songs, on her own and with her parents. She seemed very relaxed and told everyone she loved it here. I think she enjoyed the fact that people just let her get on with her holiday and didn’t make a fuss over her.
“It’s amazing when you think that just a few days before she was performing before 14,000 at a sold out concert in the 02 in Dublin, with Bono and Larry Mullen joining her onstage!”
“Everyone was very impressed by how down to earth she was, how warm and friendly, just like her parents.
“She said she’d be coming back and I wouldn’t be surprised if she became a regular visitor.”