About – What is Loughrea Medieval Festival?

Date: Friday, 26th – Sunday, 28th August, 2016
Location: Various locations in Loughrea town, County Galway, Ireland
Theme: ‘Loughrea 780’

Celebrating 780 years since the foundation of our medieval town (1236-2016) – Loughrea Medieval Festival is a fun and educational free family event, which will take place from Friday, 26th August to Sunday 28th August, 2016 in Loughrea, County Galway.

Now in its 3rd year, experience the biggest and best medieval festival in Ireland, as thousands come together to celebrate Loughrea’s 780 years.

Loughrea Medieval Festival – ‘Loughrea 780’, 26th-28th August is organised during National Heritage Week, by Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee, in partnership with Irish Walled Towns Network and Galway County Council and with support from The Heritage Council, IPB Insurance, Fáilte Ireland and Local Diaspora Engagement Fund.

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This three-day festival will complement Loughrea‘s Irish Walled Towns status with an exciting and varied programme of free events, designed to appeal to people of all ages, and run at various times throughout the weekend. The inter-generational, family focused, fun and interactive weekend also has a strong medieval educational and awareness building theme.

View 2015 Loughrea Medieval Festival Brochure

View 2014 Loughrea Medieval Festival Brochure

Winner of the Cathaoirleach’s Community Awards 2014 for ‘Best Contribution to Heritage Award’

Listed in the independent.ie Travel Independent as 1 of ‘7 free things to do in Ireland this Heritage Week’ 2015.

‘A Short History of Athenry & Loughrea Walled Towns’

A Medieval Comic Book, involving 6th Class pupils from St. Brendan’s Boys N.S. Loughrea, & 5th Class pupils from Lisheenkyle N.S. Athenry.

This exciting project was funded by The Heritage Council, Galway County Council and Irish Walled Towns Network, and developed by Galway County Council, Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee, Athenry Walled Town Committee, and Athenry Heritage Centre.

Launched in Loughrea at Loughrea Medieval Festival 2014.

View online: http://goo.gl/t0WABq

A short history of Loughrea and Athenry Walled Towns now available Online

A Digital 3D Reconstruction of Medieval Loughrea

Loughrea Medieval Festival in partnership with The Heritage Council, Irish Walled Towns Network and Galway County Council. Work carried out by RealSim Galway.

Phase 1 Complete.
Launched as part of Loughrea Medieval Festival 2015.