Ardara Cup of Tae goes international for Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh this weekend

Tom Comack


Tom Comack


Donegal fiddle player Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh

Fiddle player Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh

Up to sixteen different nationalities are expected to descend on Ardara from today (Friday) for the town’s annual Cup of Tae festival.

The festival is in it’s 18 th year and has grown in popularity over the years and attracts visitors from literally all over the world.
“We’ve people coming from England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany and all over Europe, the US and from as faraway as China and Australia,” said Stephen McCahill of the Cup of Tae festival committee.
“I was looking at it the other day and we have up to 16 nationalities who have booked for this year’s festival.
It has really grown in recent years and is now known as biggest small festival in the country.”
The star attraction at this year’s festival is renowned fidler Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh, from Gaoth Dobhair and her band Altan.
Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh is being honoured at a special concert in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel, on Friday night. The concert is timed to start at 8.30 pm.

Festival weekend
The festival runs from Friday May 4th to Bank Holiday Monday May 7th.
“Obviously, the concert on Friday night is a huge event and we are looking forward to having Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh and we feel it is fitting that we honour her.
“She is one of the leading fiddle players in the country and we feel it is only right that we honour one of our own and especially a fiddle player