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The Warp and Weft of Heritage Weekend

14th – 16th October 2016, Ardara

Facebook: Ardara GAP Heritage and History Group

The community group the Ardara GAP Heritage and History Group are organising their inaugural ‘Warp and Weft of Heritage’ Weekend under the theme of ‘Celebrating Heritage’ from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th October. The programme for the weekend commences on Friday night at 7:00pm with Registration and Welcome at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel. At 7:30pm Conor Newman, chairperson of The Heritage Council will speak about ‘The importance of heritage to communities – The Irish Nation’. Bringing the evening to a close will be an Oíche Coís Tine incorporating traditional Irish music and song, at the Céilí House Bar from 9:00pm.

The programme for Saturday begins with registration at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel at 9:30am. From 10:00am onwards a number lively and engaging talks will take place. These include; 10:00am – 10:45am, Michael Gibbons, author and director of Michael Gibbons Archaeology Travel, ‘Little known sea weed farms which are common from Ardara to the Inishowen Peninsula’,  10:50am – 11:35am, Karl Brady, author and underwater archaeologist , ‘Shipwrecks near Donegal and their national significance’, 11:35am – 12:00pm, Tea/coffee, 12:00pm – 12.45pm, Judith Hoad, author and herbalist, ‘Drawing in the warp for a nation’s future – the revolutionising of the textile industry’, 12:50pm – 1:35pm, Lunch, 1:35 – 2:20pm, Crístóir Mac Cárthaigh, director of the National Folklore Collection, U.C.D., ‘Work of the Irish Folklore Commission of Donegal’, and from 2:25pm – 3:10pm, Breandán MacSuibhne, historian and author, ‘Charlie McGuinness, the Ardara bank raid and the Rosbeg ambush, 16 June 1921’. From about 3:30pm – 5:00pm there will be a series of workshops, demonstrations, field trips and a ‘Bring Your Own Sod of Turf’ storytelling afternoon! Some of the workshops have limited capacity, so booking is essential. At 7:00pm dinner will be served in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel and will be followed by entertainment by The Last Chance. Please contact the Nesbitt Arms Hotel as soon as possible to avail of this very special dinner rate.

On Sunday morning the talks will be held in The Dolmen Centre, Kilclooney. Registration begins at 9.00am. Conor Curran, author and lecturer at DCU will speak about ‘The Role of sport in nationalism in Donegal’ from 9.30 – 10.15am and this will be followed by a talk on ‘Doon Fort and its cultural significance’ by Paula Harvey from 10.00 – 10.40am. A brisk walk across Narin Strand follows at 11.15am so as to reach Iniskeel Island at low tide will mark the end of the first Heritage Weekend organised by this voluntary community group. We hope as many people as possible will come and enjoy the event and that we will get lots of conversations going about our precious heritage and culture!

For further information on the weekend programme check out the brochure below. Some of the workshops have limited capacity, so booking is essential.  Online booking for conference registration is now open and you can contact: or 087 921 4206 for full details.  Otherwise you can leave completed booking form and appropriate fees in the Nesbitt Arms Hotel. Other drop off points can be obtained by contacting 087 921 4206.

The Nesbitt Arms Hotel are offering a special weekend rate that includes two night’s B&B, dinner and registration fee of €110 per person sharing and 140 single. Contact the Nesbitt Arms directly on (074) 9541103 ( to avail of the heritage weekend offer, quoting ‘The Warp and Weft of Heritage Weekend’. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please note: some of the workshops have limited capacity so booking is essential.

Heritage Weekend 2016 Ardara-2

Heritage Weekend 2016 Ardara


Tá Grúpa Oidhreachta Ard an Rátha ag eagrú ‘Deireadh Seachtaine an Dlúth agua an t-Inneach’ ag comóradh oidhreacht na háite ón Aoine 14ú go dtí an Domhnach 16ú de mhí Dheireadh Fómhair.  Beidh sraith de octht gcaint suimiúil ar ábhair mar longbhriseadh, feirmeacha feamainne, béaloideas, fíodóireacht, spórt, seandálaíocht agus stair oidhreachta cheantar Ard an Rátha.  Ar an chlár chomh maith beidh ceardlanna scéalaíochta, taispeántais agus siúlóidí.  Ar ndóigh beidh siamsaíocht mar chuid den deireadh seachtaine chomh maith.

Tá Ostán Nesbitt ag ofráil ráta speisialta don deireadh seachtaine: dhá oíche leaba agus bricfeasta, dinnéar agus an táille clárúchán ar €110 an duine do bheirt le chéile; €140 don duine singil.

Beidh clár eolais ar fáil agus is féidir lóistín a chur in áirithe an tseachtain seo chugainn.  Glaoch ar Ostán Nesbitt ag +74 9541103 ( le áit  a chur in áirithe ag lua “Deireadh Seachtaine an Dluth agus an t-Inneach”.


Paula Harvey


T:+353 (0)87 9214206

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