Ardara, County Donegal
Ard an Rátha
Front Street, Ardara
|• Dáil Éireann||Donegal|
|Elevation||45 m (148 ft)|
|Irish Grid Reference|
Ardara (English: // ard-RAH; Irish: Ard an Rátha, meaning "height of the fort") is a small town in County Donegal, Ireland. It is located on the N56 and R261 roads. The population as of the 2016 census was 732. The population of 731 at the 2011 Census represented an increase of about 30% since 2006. In 2012, The Irish Times named it the best village in which to live in Ireland.
The Donegal County Directory for 1862 shows the administrative positions that were held in the county in that year, including several in Ardara. There is a photograph of Brendan Behan in Ardara with a glass of tomato juice while visiting Gildea's (now the Beehive) in 1960.
- Anthony Molloy, captained Donegal in their first All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title-winning season in 1992
- Martin Gavigan, Gaelic footballer who also played in 1992
- Pat Shovelin, Donegal goalkeeping coach in their second All-Ireland Senior Football Championship title-winning season in 2012
- Paddy McGrath, Gaelic footballer who played in 2012
- Damian Diver, another Gaelic footballer with less success than the others
- John Doherty (musician)
- Bibi Baskin (Television personality)
- Charlie Bennett (Councillor)
- Eileen Flynn (Traveller activist and Senator)
- Maps, Weather, and Airports for Ardara, Ireland Archived March 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Ardara". CSO. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
- "Ard an Rátha/Ardara". Placenames Database of Ireland. Government of Ireland - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Dublin City University. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
- "Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Apr 2012. p. 53. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
- "'Best place is where you and your family flourish'". The Irish Times. June 18, 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
- MacSuibhne, Breandan (2 August 2020). "The summer Brendan Behan staycationed in Donegal". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
- McNulty, Chris (27 September 2013). "Meet the new backroom boys". Donegal News. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
McGuinness had hoped to bring him in as a defensive coach, but the Ardara native ultimately couldn't commit at the time.
Media related to Ardara, County Donegal at Wikimedia Commons