Ardara, County Donegal

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For the Italian commune, see Ardara, Sardinia.
Ard an Rátha
Front Street, Ardara
Front Street, Ardara
Ardara is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°46′00″N 8°24′00″W / 54.766667°N 8.4°W / 54.766667; -8.4Coordinates: 54°46′00″N 8°24′00″W / 54.766667°N 8.4°W / 54.766667; -8.4
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
 • Dáil Éireann Donegal South–West
Elevation[1] 45 m (148 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Urban 731
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference G731906
Looking down south at Front Street in Ardara
Glengesh Pass looking NE through glacial valley into Ardara.
Kilclooney dolmen near Ardara

Ardara (Irish: Ard an Rátha, meaning "Height of the Fort") is a small town in County Donegal, Ireland, located along the N56 road. The community has a population of 731 (per the 2011 Census). Over recent years[when?] the town has seen some great growth with a lot of the pubs and shops being renovated. Some of the main scenic points near the town are the Glengesh Pass, the Maghera Falls and the views out over the Atlantic from Loughros Point.[citation needed]


In March for the last 10 years the area has hosted a very successful Walking Festival with walkers coming from all over the world, USA, Europe and all over Ireland. All the information on the Festivals of Ardara are available on the town website.[2] The town hosts the annual Cup of Tae Festival, a traditional music festival, each May. Ardara is a popular destination in Ireland with holiday makers.

Buildings of note[edit]

  • "The Mart", built in 1908[citation needed], the current home of Donegal Tweed specialists, Triona Design.
  • The Nesbitt Arms Hotel, located on The Diamond, is another large building of note in the locality. The hotel was founded in the 1830s.

Notable natives[edit]

  • Anthony Molloy, captained Donegal in their first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title-winning season in 1992
  • Pat Shovlin, Donegal goalkeeping coach in their second ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title-winning season in 2012
  • John Doherty, musician
  • Bibi Baskin, television personality in Ireland and UK

Donegal County Directory for 1862[edit]

The Donegal County Directory for 1862 [3] shows the governmental positions that were held in this county in 1862.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Maps, Weather, and Airports for Ardara, Ireland
  2. ^ Ardara website
  3. ^ [2]

External links[edit]

Media related to Ardara, County Donegal at Wikimedia Commons