Festivals Donegal Ardara

Festivals Ardara Co. Donegal


Country Music Weekend.

Well known Top Country Bands in the Country come to Ardara for this weekend long festival. This event includes Country Music in all the local pubs. It also features Jiving and Line Dancing Workshops on the Saturday. The Country Music Weekend will be held on last weekend in January - Contact Tomas 087 2463505


Ardara International Walking Festival

Ardara's renowned Walking Festival with Short, Medium & Strenuous Walks. Contact Donal 086 234 1061 for more information on the events and dates.


"Cup of Tae" Festival

Ardara is home to the famous Cup of Tae Festival ("The Sweet Cup of Tae" is a favourite reel played by traditional Irish musicians and alludes to the addition of a drop of potin or whiskey to a cup of tea). This festival is held annually and celebrates traditional Irish music which brings musicians from all over Ireland and abroad to both play their music and join in the teaching sessions for those who attend the festival. The festival started in 2001 and was inspired by local musician John "The Tae" Gallagher (1923 - 24 January 2012) of whom the Irish broadcaster, Ciaran Mathuna (26 Nov 1925 – 11 Dec 2009), said was “probably the best fiddle player of all time”.
The Festival has been in existence since 2000 and is regarded as one of the most popular festivals on the calander of events. Many of Ireland’s and Scotland’s top traditional musicans have attended the Festival at some stage so if you have not been there, it is the place to go. This is a festival honouring the best musicians in Traditional Music with Workshops & Schools of Music.
Contact Stephen 00353 (0)87 2424590 for more details.



Rás Dun na nGall

The event which is promoted by Four Masters Cycling Club and supported by the Nesbitt Arms Hotel and the Ardara Traders is one of the most popular stage events on the calendar for A2 and A3 riders. On the June Bank Holiday Up to 200 Cyclists and 100 Backup Staff visit Ardara for this cycle race stage. Contact John on 086 391 2949 for more details.


The Melting Pot

June Bank Holiday festival which features multicultural events of Ethnic Music, Dance & Food. An eclectic mix of Music, Song, Dance, Food, Workshops, Exhibitions and Displays will be celebrated over four days in the village of Ardara. Contact Martin McGuinness 087 677 4069 or Clare Molloy 087 284 2012 for events & dates


Bluegrass Festival

The Ardara Jazz & Bluegrass Festival was established in 2008 and is now held in July each year. The festival includes Schools of Music, Lectures & Educational workshops as well as performances from some of the top names in Irish Jazz & Bluegrass.


Ardara Show

Ardara South West Donegal Agricultural & Industrial Show run by the Ardara Show Society. One of the top Agricultural Shows in Ireland with livestock judging of cattle, ponies, horses and sheep. The giant marquee features 120 classes with everything from horticulture, craft, wine making, photography, floral arrangement and baked goods. Entertainment for all the family on the day from vintage vehicles, motorcycle display, dog show, magic shows, Pedro Soltani and his birds of prey, children’s sports, ladies penalty kick, Tossing the Sheaf and Tug-of- War. The day is packed with activities along with promotion stalls, gifts/ toy stalls and refreshement stands. A day not to be missed Contact Tracey McGill 087-2393460 or E-mail: ardarashow@gmail.com for more details.