Food and craft market:There will be a food and craft market held in the highlands hotel 13 th February 11am-5pm. Anyone wishing to book a table to sell their goods should contact the following number. 0860744489.

Food and craft market:There will be a food and craft market held in the highlands hotel 13 th February 11am-5pm. Anyone wishing to book a table to sell their goods should contact the following number. 0860744489.

Parents: If you would like support in helping your child with their homework, there will be a Maths for Parents and an Irish for Parents course starting soon in Glenties. Part-time for two hours a week, running for six weeks. Informal and relaxed atmosphere. For more information, text or phone Adele McElhinney on 0868207338 or the Adult Education Centre on 0749721705.

Country and Western Weekend : Ardaras popular country and western music weekend takes place this weekend, January 28th - 30th, in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel. Friday 28th, Dee Reilly and special guests will feature in a night of music and dancing. Saturday 29th Dave Lawlor and La Bamba will be the musical entertainment of the evening. Rambling Fever are on the programme for the afternoon show on Sunday 30th. Forget all troubles this weekend and enjoy the music and dancing in Ardara, town of the festivals.

Irish Classes and St Bridgets Crosses : Anyone wanting to learn conversational Irish is invited to a registration evening in the Heritage Centre on Monday 31st January at 7.00 pm. This course is free and a great opportunity to pick up on your Irish. Also St Bridgets Crosses will be made in the Heritage Centre as part of this cultural evening. Everyone welcome.

Thank You & Farewell : On Saturday 5th February 2011, at 8.30 pm in the Hotel, everyone in the Parish is invited to come along and say farewell and thank you to a lady who has served this Parish in a truly professional manner for over 30 years. As she departs from her job we all owe her a great depth of gratitude for all she has done. Please support.

The Late James Boyle : The death occurred of James Boyle, in Letterkenny General Hospital, on December 19th 2010, after a long illness. The funeral was at the Church of the Holy Family on December 22nd, the Very Rev. Canon A. Laverty officiating. James was born in 1928 in Meentin, Leconnell. He was one of a family of fourteen and his parents were Cathy and John Boyle. He attended Leconnell school and after leaving school, he worked at farming and weaving. He married Sarah Boyle from Tullymore and they made their home in Leconnell. James loved dancing and socialising and was proud of being a life-long pioneer. In late life, despite having lost his sight, he was a lively member of the senior citizens’ groups in Ardara and Killybegs. He was a kind and considerate person. Pre-deceased by his wife Sarah, his sons, John Martin and baby Gerard, James is mourned by his daughter, Anne, his son-in-law, John Melly, his two grandchildren, Mathew and Christian, his two sisters, Rose Soady (Birmingham) and Maggie Molloy (Harbour Lights, Killybegs) and by his many nieces and nephews. The community extend sympathy to the family in their loss.

Parish Schools Indoor Football : This will styart next Friday from 6-8pm. teams and draws will be available from the national Schools from Monday, or by contacting 087-2262872. All funds raised will be divided between local schools and the Resource Centre. Parents and children will be taking part and all are welcome.

I.C.A.: The February Meeting of the Ardara Guild of the I.C.A will be held in the Community Centre on Weds 2nd Feb at 8.30pm. New members always welcome!!

Blue Grass Concert : A highly successful night of Blue Grass music with the Foxhunt (Virginia, U.S.A.) and the Henry Girls was enjoyed by a large crowd in the Nesbitt Arms last Saturday. Enthusiasts of Blue Grass music will be glad to know that more of these concerts are in the planning.

Children’s Swimming Course : A ten week course will start in Ballyshannon on Friday, February 4th. Phone Patsy at 087-2452979.

FAS Training : Opportunities for training or re-training with FAS are available in Killybegs during 2011. Contact FAS 074-9120539 or 074-9741863.

Sympathy : Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mollie Gallagher, Woodenbridge, whose funeral took place last Saturday. Sympathy is also extended to the family and friends of Brian Gallagher, who died in England last week.

Ardara Community Library: The library in the Community Centre opened earlier this month, and will be open from 7pm to 8.30pm every Wednesday evening. With over 5,000 books available, there is something for all ages and covering all interests. Please support this facility.

Country Music Weekend : As part of the Country Music weekend in Ardara, a special night of music and dancing will take place on Friday 28th January in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel. It will feature Dee Reilly and her band from Nashville, U.S.A. Also appearing will be Glor Tire star, Joe Moore, and Derek Ryan and Caitlin. It will start at 10:30 pm.

Large Scale Carnival Prop Making : Inishowen Carnival in association with Earagail Arts Festival, are organising a Carnival Skills Training Project on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th February 10am – 4pm each day, at The Old Fire Station, Bridge Street, Killybegs. Participants will learn key techniques in the design and making of large scale mechanical carnival props for street parades and festival events looking at examples of large scale work by international groups, exploring design ideas and discussing issues regarding building, performance and long term maintenance, and creating the basic structures of at least two large carnival props by the end of the weekend. Tutors for the weekend will be John Quinn and Paddy Bloomer from the BEAT Initiative Belfast. John is a skilled metalworker, professional street performer and lead designer and maker with the Beat with over 15 years experience in the field. Paddy is an artist with a wide range of experience making mechanical sculpture using found objects and scrap metal. Participation is open to anyone aged 16+ resident in Donegal Local Development Company catchment area (excludes Inishowen, Gaeltacht and Letterkenny Urban area) and we are keen to attract participants with trades skills such as welding, joinery, as well as anyone with an interest in sculpture and community arts. Participation is FREE OF CHARGE but BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL as places are limited. CONTACT KEVIN O’NEILL, Inishowen Carnival Group, Tel. 0876836478, 0749373375 email: This project has been funded by Donegal Local Development Company Ltd, under the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2007-2013.

Downstrands Family Resource Centre : Judo for Adults: It is hoped to start an adults Judo class for men and women in February. If you are interested please contact FRC on 074 9545879

Basic Maths and English for Adults: Tuesday evenings starting 8th February 7.00 – 10.00pm.

Pilates with Ros : This started on Monday 17th Jan. You can still join the Monday morning class 11.00 – 12.00

Healthy Eating & Fitness with Ros.: This takes place on Thursdays 7.30 – 9.00. for 6 weeks. It started Thursday 20th Jan. (There are still some places). For further information contact 074 9545879.

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