Paddy McGrath, a member of the 2012 All-Ireland winning inter-county team, currently plays for them. McGrath, along with Ardara teammates Conor Classon and Peter McNelis, was part of the Donegal U21 squad which qualified for the All-Ireland U21 Final.
In June 2012, one of the club's players, Thomas Maguire, was killed in a car crash in Australia.
In February 2013, their ladies' team famously quit Facebook in a dispute over online bullying.
^ abCraig, Frank. "Cadbury's Ulster Under-21 Football final". Ardara.ie. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Ardara trio Conor Classon, Paddy McGrath and Peter McNelis all played their part in helping Jim McGuinness' men secure a famous win over the Breffni blues. Both Classon and McGrath were again two of the side's most influential operators – with McNelis entering the fray late in the second half.
^Harkin, Greg (6 June 2012). "Donegal GAA star killed in Perth.."Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 6 June 2012. If he didn't emigrate he could have expected to make the Donegal senior GAA football squad soon.