Wild Atlantic Festival 2017

Date: 5 August 2017 - 12 August 2017
Where: Ardara
Email: glenardfish@eircom.net
Tel: +353 (0)87 2424590

Ardara is situated in South West Donegal and is popular with tourists for its friendly atmosphere, scenery, and thriving traditional Music scene. The lively Heritage Town is nestled in the bosom of the Bluestack Mountains. The area is also rich in folklore and archaelogy, home of handwoven tweed, angling, historical landmarks and a wide range of countryside and coastal walks to choose from and quiet roads throughout the area make sightseeing a pleasure for the motorist, cyclist or hiker. Narin and Portnoo is closeby which offers a 19 hole Golf Course, sandy beaches, canoeing and pitch and putt to name but a few.

2017 Programme of Events

Sat 5th AUGUST 2017


A colourful comedy performance “JEFF and ELVIS” will take place in the Tent in the Town Car Park. The show is great fun for the whole family. Performance times: 1.15pm , 2.0pm , 2.45pm. Admission 2euros per child accompanied by an adult. Great Summer Event for all the Children

3pm Street Music with Shane

Bart Whelan Photographic Exhibition in the Heritage Centre

Great selection of Music throughout the town nightly

Sun 6th AUGUST, 2017

Annual Blessing of the Graves at the Catholic Church Grounds at 2.30 pm

Bart Whelan Photographic Exhibition in the Heritage Centre all day

4pm Film on Packie Manus Bryne on the occasion of his hundreth birthday In the Heritage Centre (approx 30 mins)

10pm Great selection of music of free entertainment in a number of venues nightly

Mon 7th AUGUST 2017

2pm A wonderful walk “Come Back in Time” – Paula presents a walk about hour “A sense of our ancestry” includes a talk by Conor on Owenea Fishery , meet at Heritage Centre

3pm Street Music with Shane

8pm Dancing at the Crossroads with Ceili Time – Join Clement and friends as they take us back in time with ceili on the streets of Ardara

10.30pm Our great country star Shaun Mc Monagle puts together an all star country band for the night ,great event not to be missed. Admission free

Tues 8th AUGUST 2017

Our Weaving Industry

A visit to the weavers of Ardara ,great exhibitions of this wonderful art can be seen at Molloy’s on the Killybegs Road or Triona Design or Eddie Doherty on Front Street.Visit anytime during the day and see how clothing is manufactured

3pm Street Music with Shane

Bart Whelan Photographic Exhibition continues each day at the Heritage Centre

6pm Visit to Green Gate Estate – Join Paula as she takes you on a tour of the Green Gardens at the Green Gate. Enjoy scones and tea and enjoy the best view in Ireland

10.30pm Great entertainment in many venues in town nightly

Wed 9th AUGUST 2017

Bus Tour in Donegal

A tour of fun and laughter and craic as we take a trip somewhere in Donegal. Bus leaves from Heritage Centre sharp at 11am

Midday in Heritage Centre Film The Beauty of Donegal (Lasts 20 minutes)

Bart Whelan Photographic Exhibition in Heritage Centre continues all week

Great selection of music in town nightly in a number of venues

Thurs 10th AUGUST 2017

Town Trail around the Town at 12 Noon (approx 1 hour)
(Taking in Magumna, Kentucky and the Bog Road. Meet at the Catholic Church Grounds)

Bart Whelan Photographic Exhibition in the Heritage Centre all day

Street Music on the Diamond at 3.00 pm

Bart Whelan will give a talk on his wonderful new selection of photos on display this year the event takes place Heritage Centre at 4pm

Friday 11th AUGUST 2017

Film on Beauty of Donegal in Heritage Centre at midday – All Arts & Crafts Display at Shanaghan House at 2.00 pm (Come and enjoy the Crack at this display of Arts & Crafts to include Afternoon Tea)

Visit to Stephen Bennetts Art Gallery at Carn at 4.00 pm (Our most famous Artist Stephen Bennett is available at all times to show his large array of Artwork. Special rates are available this week)

Street Music on the Diamond at 3.00 pm with Shane

Duck Racing on the Owentocker at 7pm – Contact Teresa 087 9159351 – (The Loughross Point Rowing Club Fundraiser- Please support – A good cause)

Music in most venues in town

Sat 12th AUGUST 2017

Coffee at the Flower Pot at 12 noon – (Join Geraldine as she serves Coffee & Scones at the Flower Pot for a local Charity)

Street Music on the Diamond at 3.00 pm

Great Music in the Pubs in the town