Festival Brochure now online

The Loughrea Medieval Festival 2017 brochure is now available online… view via

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Loughrea Medieval Festival – 25th-27th August, 2017. The festival is organised by Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee, in partnership with Irish Walled Towns Network, Galway County Council and The Heritage Council.

Events and times maybe subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.

Complimenting Heritage Week’s theme ‘It’s In Your Nature’, this year’s Loughrea Medieval Festival theme is “Forget-me-not” – a reminder of our natural heritage, but also, not to forget Loughrea’s medieval heritage. Loughrea Medieval Festival 25th-27th August is a unique, free and not-to-be missed commemorative weekend the whole family will enjoy.

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A taste of Loughrea Food Tours Loughrea Medieval Festival

Food Tours get support from Loughrea Chamber of Commerce

Food Tours get support from Loughrea Chamber of Commerce

Get a taste of Loughrea as you join Sheena Dignam of Galway Food Tours, on a food exploration walking tour around our medieval town, during Loughrea’s 4th Medieval Festival. ‘A taste of Loughrea’ food tours are sponsored by Loughrea Chamber of Commerce.

During the food tours, you will enjoy tastings from Loughrea’s culinary favourites and some hidden gems too. 

Date: Friday, 25th August, 2017 5pm – 7pm & two tours Saturday 26th August; 11am-1pm and 3pm-5pm
Location: Tour starts outside Taste Matters, Westbridge, Loughrea 
Places: Limited to 15 places per tour

Admission: Free, but BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. 
Phone: Sheena 086 7332885 or 
Email: sheenadignam10@gmail.com

Loughrea Medieval Festival – 25th-27th August, 2017. The festival is organised by Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee, in partnership with Irish Walled Towns Network, Galway County Council and The Heritage Council.

Events and times maybe subject to change. Children must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.

Complimenting Heritage Week’s theme ‘It’s In Your Nature’, this year’s Loughrea Medieval Festival theme is “Forget-me-not” – a reminder of our natural heritage, but also, not to forget Loughrea’s medieval heritage. Loughrea Medieval Festival 25th-27th August is a unique, free and not-to-be missed commemorative weekend the whole family will enjoy.

Loughrea Medieval Festival full program of events are now available on our web brochure – view here https://issuu.com/greylake/docs/loughreamedievalfestival2017webvers

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Brick Flick Loughrea Medieval Stop Motion Workshops

Brick Flick Medieval Stop Motion Workshops

Brick Flick Medieval Stop Motion Workshops

Loughrea Medieval Festival had a great response to our 2 Brick Flick: Medieval Stop Motion Workshops. Children aged 8-12 put the following together, with help from Create School.

10.30am – 1pm Morning Session
https://youtu.be/3TZvVeSF1dY

2pm – 4.30pm PM Session

https://youtu.be/BQcxI4kW2ho

This 3rd Annual Award Winning Loughrea Medieval Festival– ‘Loughrea 780’, 26-28 August, was 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.

Loughrea Medieval Festival 2016

2016 Loughrea Medieval Festival Brochure

2016 Loughrea Medieval Festival Brochure is now available a variety of formats.

The Loughrea Medieval Festival 2016 brochure can now be viewed online. Follow this link to expand the reader to a full-screen view.

Keep an eye out, the 2016 Loughrea Medieval Festival brochure, now available in various business throughout Loughrea town, as well as Loughrea Library, Temperance Hall and further afield.

Individual Events Online: http://loughreamedievalfestival.com/events/ and via https://www.facebook.com/events/1005850906168936/

The 3rd Annual Award Winning Loughrea Medieval Festival – ‘Loughrea 780’, 26th-28th August, 2016, 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, Department of the Taoiseach and Local Diaspora Engagement Fund.

Loughrea Medieval Festival 2016

An Introduction to the Sacred Art of County Galway

An Introduction to the Sacred Art of County Galway by Dr. Christy Cunniffe, Galway County Council.
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Wednesday, August 26th @ 8 p.m.

This presentation will present and discuss some of the great riches encountered as part of the Galway Ecclesiastical Heritage Audit. The audit has been ongoing for a number of years and has been completed for churches in the Connemara, Gort and Loughrea areas.

The Heritage Office of Galway County Council in conjunction with the various churches commissioned Zena Hoctor (Dare Ltd.) to conduct the audit. Christy Cunniffe, part of that audit team, will discuss some of the many treasures encountered.

Galway is fortunate to have many wonderful examples of Celtic Revival stained glass, and also many other forms
of Church Art executed by an array of important artists and sculptors which will also be discussed.

As part of this special Heritage Week event, Jarlath Canney will also conduct a tour of the beautiful St. Mary’s Cathedral before the lecture. An excellent opportunity to see some of Tuam’s great treasures in an under‐appreciated location.

August Lecture, 2015
Old Tuam Society

Medieval Busking Competition

Medieval Busking Competition

Medieval Busking Competition

The Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee is association will local taverns have announced that they will be adding a Medieval Busking Competition to this years festivities.

The search is on to find Loughrea’s best medieval busker. Forming part of Loughrea Medieval Festival ‘Gathering of the Clans’ 28th-30th August, the Medieval Busking Competition is open to all musicians.

The competition will take place around the medieval streets of Loughrea on Saturday 29th and Sunday, 30th August.

Finalists will perform in An Sibin, Dunkellin Street on Sunday, 30th August from 6pm. The short-listed acts will be competing for €750 cash prizes and the coveted prize of being crowned Loughrea’s Best Medieval Busker 2015.

Thanks to partnership with the Heritage Council, Irish Walled Towns Network, and Galway County Council, all events on Saturday and Sunday are free of charge. With events ranging from a medieval clan banquet at the Lough Rea Hotel on Friday, 28th August, engaging talks, a special commemorative coin and traditional games, there is something to keep the whole family entertained. Experience all that the middle ages has to offer at Loughrea Walled Towns Day on Sunday 30th, with the grand can parade, living history demonstrations, circus skills workshops, hands on crafts, falconry demonstrations, a food and craft market and lots more.

View the 2015 Loughreaa Medieval Festival Brochure

Loughrea Family Fun Day

Loughrea Family Fun Day

Loughrea Medieval Festival are hosting a Family Fun Day in the Temperance Hall, Barrack Street, Loughrea on Sunday, 14th June 2-6pm.

Enjoy giant Jenga, Skittles, Twister & Snakes & ladders, lots of Board Games, Children’s activity tables, Stalls, Cake Sale, Tea/Coffee & more.

Free entry. Your support is welcome. In aid of Loughrea Medieval Festival taking place 28th-30th August, 2015.

LOUGHREAFAMILYFUNDAY

Irish Walled Towns Conference

Irish Walled Towns Conference

Irish Walled Towns Conference

Irish Walled Towns Past, Present & Future Free Conference will take place on Thursday, June 18th, 2015 in Athenry, from 10am – 4.45pm.

This conference has been organised by the Heritage Office, Galway County Council, Athenry Walled Town Day Committee, Athenry Art and Heritage Centre, Galway County Heritage Forum & the Irish Walled Town Network, and has been funded by Galway County Council and the Heritage Council.

10.00am – 10:30am Registration tea/coffee
10.30am- 10.45am Welcome by Cllr. Peter Feeney, Chairperson, Athenry Walled Towns Committee and Official Opening of the Conference by Cllr Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council

10:45am – 12:00 noon Conservation & Management

  • ‘Athenry Town Walls: Conservation & Presentation’ by Fergal McNamara, Howley Hayes Architects
  • ‘Kilmallock Towns Walls: Protection and Consolidation’ by Sarah McCutcheon

12:00 noon – 12.15pm Tea/Coffee

12:15pm – 1:00pm Strategy
‘How Irish Tourism is Doing’ by Rory McCarthy, Fáilte Ireland.
This presentation will include:

  • International Tourism (numbers, profile and preferences)
  • Domestic tourism (numbers, profile and preferences)
  • The tourism Barometer
  • Update on the Wild Atlantic Way Project
  • Update on the Ireland’s Ancient East Project

1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch

2.00pm – 2:15pm Launch of Booklet ‘Athenry Town Walls: Past & Present’

2:15pm – 3:15pm Walled Town Days & Other Heritage Initiatives

  • ‘Good Cause for Civic Pride – the Medieval Heritage of Athenry &
    Loughrea’ by Dr. Jim McKeon
  • ‘Working With the Walls: A Living History Approach’ by Dave Swift
  • ‘Loughrea Medieval Festival’ by Cllr. Michael Maher, Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee
  • ‘Lismore, Where the Past is Always Present’ by Mealla Fahey

3.15pm – 3:30pm Tea/coffee

3.30pm – 4:30pm Interpretation

  • ‘Heritage interpretation for historic towns’ by Liam Mannix
  • ‘Sieges Great and Small – Martello’s Current Work in Derry and Valletta’ by Mark Leslie, Martello Media
  • ‘Bringing an Historical Map to Life – Building 3D Medieval Galway.’ Gavin Duffy (Real Sim)

4.30pm – 4.45pm Questions and Answers

Registration
To register for this free event please contact:
Grainne Smyth, Forward Planning, Galway County Council, Prospect Hill, Galway. Phone: 091 509121, or Email: gsmyth@galwaycoco.ie

Click on link to view full brochure, including biographies Irish Walled Towns Past, Present & Future

Irish Walled Towns Conference

The Medieval Defences of Loughrea

The Medieval Defences of Loughrea, a talk by Paul Gosling in the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Loughrea on Saturday, 11th October, 2014 from 10.20am – 11.00am.

Paul Gosling is a professional archaeologist working in third level education. He is a member of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland and lectures full-time on Built Heritage in the Department of Heritage & Tourism, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

The central theme in his research has been archaeological survey, both urban and rural. He is currently researching Loughrea, Co. Galway, for the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series.

His principal publications include the Archaeological Inventory of Co. Galway – Volume 1 (1993) and Volume 2 (1999), the latter as a joint editor. Paul was also joint editor and a major contributor to volumes 4 (2004) and volume 5 (2007) and of the New Survey of Clare Island publication series.

His latest paper – The Route of Táin Bó Cúailnge Revisited – is due for publication in Emania: Bulletin of the Navan Research group No. 22 (2014).

‘The Medieval Defences of Loughrea’ forms part of The Great War Roadshow on Friday, October 10th, and Millitary History: People, Places, and Records on Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Loughrea.
View The Great War Roadshow brochure

The event has been organised by Loughnane Memorial Group. For further information contact Ms. Marie Mannion Heritage Officer, Forward Planning, Áras an Chontae, Galway County Council, Prospect Hill, Galway. Tel: 00353 91 509198 or email mmannion@galwaycoco.ie; Mr. Colman Shaughnessy Loughrea Memorial Group Tel: 00353 862489319 or email shaughnessy@eircom.net; or Mr. Joe Loughnane Loughnane Memorial Group Tel: 00353 876754328 or email joeloughnane@gmail.com