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In business for over a century, Kennedy’s helped establish Ardara’s reputation as a sweater mecca.
Set in the old town courthouse, this centre traces the story of Donegal tweed from sheep shearing to dye production and weaving...
This old-fashioned pub-restaurant, in the same family for seven generations, makes its guests feel as if they're sitting in Nancy's living room...
Handmade and machine-knitted woollies are available here at the flagship establishment and at the factory outlet in Glencolumbcille.
Dancing, storytelling and a school of music are part of the trad-music Cup of Tae Festival, held at the end of April or early May.
Don Byrne’s of Ardara, at the eastern edge of the town centre, rents bikes for €15/70 per day/week.
Behind Doherty’s bar, you can usually catch Eddie Doherty hand-weaving here on a traditional loom.
Handwoven Donegal tweed, and quality merino wool knitwear.
Attached to the heritage centre, this little cafe is a local favourite and serves a good selection of hot dishes such as quiche and lasagne as well as a luscious selection of desserts. Home-baked loaves to take away.
A good spot to listen to an Irish music session (Friday and Saturday year-round; nightly from June to September), it's the type of place where someone will spontaneously break out into song and, if the mood is right,...
The Foras Cultúir Uladh (Ulster Cultural Foundation), 1km west of the village centre, offers a range of 'cultural activity holidays' – adult courses in Irish language and traditional culture, including dancing, paint...
This is a great place to shop for Donegal tweed jackets, caps and ties, and lambswool scarves and shawls; you can sometimes see weavers in action. It's about 5km southwest of Glencolumbcille, in Malinmore.
Attached to the Oideas Gael cultural centre, this cafe/restaurant serves up surprisingly gourmet fare to a soundtrack of mellow jazz.
A museum with a mission, this folk centre was established by the forward-thinking Father James McDyer in 1967 to freeze-frame traditional folk life for posterity...
There are two sandy beaches with brisk waves in Doonalt , immediately west of the village; access from the car park opposite the folk museum...
The thatched Paddy’s Bar has been completely remodelled without detracting from its character, and attracts all ages, particularly for its regular traditional music sessions.
St Connell’s Museum & Heritage Centre , beside the old courthouse at the western end of town, has a ragbag of local artefacts. Call for (very limited) opening hours during the rest of the year.
A summer school is held in August in honour of plucky Patrick MacGill (1891–1963), the ‘navvy poet’ who was sold by his parents at a hiring fair, later escaped and eventually ended up writing for the English Daily E...
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