Jimmy Kennedy’s mother Anna Baskin was an Ardara lady. Born and bred here, she married the local constable Joseph Kennedy in the church of Ireland in 1901. Subsequently, her husband was transferred to Omagh, where Jimmy Kennedy was born in 1902.

Jimmy was a world famous composer of music and one of the most successful songwriters of all time. He had more hits in the USA than anyone until Lennon and McCartney. His hits included ‘South of the Border‘, ‘Red Sail in the Sunset‘, ‘Isle of Capri‘, ‘The Prayer‘ and ‘The Hokey Pokey’.

The date of the festival coincides with St. Valentine’s Weekend.

We will also celebrate the great poet, storyteller and general character Packie Manus Byrne. He would be celebrating his 101st birthday on the 18th but sadly he passed away a couple of years ago and as a community we want to keep his memory alive.