Thursday, 15 March 2012

Ardara on St Patrick's Day

Yes, you are seeing treble but in Ardara, County Donegal on Sunday the 18th of March this year, St. Patrick’s Weekend, you will see a lot more than three St. Patricks. Incidentally, the date of the Ardara parade is the 18th as Ardara’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is always held on the first Sunday after St. Patrick’s Day so as not to clash with other local parades.
Ardara, County Donegal
The heritage town of Ardara is a busy little town in south Donegal, surrounded by beautiful scenery.  The place will be buzzing on St. Patrick's weekend with record breaking attempt which coincides with the Ardara Walking Festival.  
Ardara is surrounded by beautiful scenery
Ardara is attempting the first world record of the largest number of St. Patrick’s gathered in one place at the one time.   
The late Hugh Diver as St. Patrick
(photograph by Jason McGarrigle)
The record attempt is to make the day more craic for those attending but more importantly it is in memory of a local man, Hugh Diver who until his untimely death, lead the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ardara for many years. Hugh would dress as St. Patrick ~ with his own long white beard, was an important fixture of the Ardara St. Patrick’s Day Parade and last year, the first following his death, he was sorely missed. So this year the people of Ardara commemorate his memory by having a record breaking number of St. Patrick’s in their parade.
St. Patrick's costume
If you are visiting Donegal, Ardara is the perfect spot to visit.

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