Ardara, County Donegal

Ardara (English: /ˈɑːrdrə/ ard-RAH; Irish: Ard an Rátha, meaning "height of the fort"[3]) 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.[2] The population of 731 at the 2011 Census represented an increase of about 30% since 2006.[4] In 2012, The Irish Times named it the best village in which to live in Ireland.[5]


Ard an Rátha
Front Street, Ardara
Front Street, Ardara
Ardara is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°46′00″N 8°24′00″W / 54.766667°N 8.4°W / 54.766667; -8.4Coordinates: 54°46′00″N 8°24′00″W / 54.766667°N 8.4°W / 54.766667; -8.4
CountyCounty Donegal
 • Dáil ÉireannDonegal
Elevation45 m (148 ft)
Irish Grid ReferenceG731906
Looking down south at Front Street in Ardara
Kilclooney dolmen near Ardara
Glengesh Pass looking NE through glacial valley into Ardara


The Donegal County Directory for 1862 shows the administrative positions that were held in the county in that year, including several in Ardara.[6] There is a photograph of Brendan Behan in Ardara with a glass of tomato juice while visiting Gildea's (now the Beehive) in 1960.[7]

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  1. ^ Maps, Weather, and Airports for Ardara, Ireland Archived March 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Ardara". CSO. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Apr 2012. p. 53. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  5. ^ "'Best place is where you and your family flourish'". The Irish Times. June 18, 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
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  7. ^ MacSuibhne, Breandan (2 August 2020). "The summer Brendan Behan staycationed in Donegal". Sunday Independent. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  8. ^ 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.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Ardara, County Donegal at Wikimedia Commons