A Short Hisory of Athenry & Loughrea Walled Towns

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

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

‘A Short History of Athenry & Loughrea Walled Towns’, a Medieval Comic Book involving 6th Class pupils from St. Brendan’s Boys N.S. Loughrea, along with our Medieval neighbours, 5th Class pupils from Lisheenkyle N.S. Athenry is now available to view online, and download for free, thanks to Alan Burgess and team at Athenry Heritage Centre.

The comic includes super detailed illustrations by Damien Goodfellow, activity pages, as well as the students artwork.

Assisted by Archaeologist Dr. Christy Cunniffe, and Graphic Designer Damien Goodfelllow, Galway County Council Heritage Officer Marie Mannion, Alan Burgess Athenry Heritage Centre, and Loughrea Medieval Festival committee member Michelle Mitchell, the students were given an insight into the people, places, and buildings of each Medieval town, and how they are connected. The resulting comic was launched during National Heritage Week, as part of Loughrea’s 1st Medieval Festival.

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

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.

Loughrea Medieval Festival shortlisted for Best Contribution to Heritage Award

Loughrea Medieval Festival shortlisted for Best Contribution to Heritage Award

Loughrea Medieval Festival has been selected as one of the five finalists for the Cathaoirleach’s Community Awards 2014 for ‘Best Contribution to Heritage Award’.

Previously known as the County Mayors Awards, the Awards recognise and celebrate the work that individuals, groups, organisations and schools in County Galway contribute to their communities. There are 12 categories:

  1. Community Economic Initiative Award
  2. Environmental Award
  3. Sports Award
  4. Arts & Culture Award
  5. Heritage Publication Award
  6. Schools Contribution to Heritage or Irish Language Award
  7. Best Contribution to Heritage Award
  8. Best Contribution to the Irish Language (Gaeltacht)
  9. Best Contribution to the Irish Language (non- Gaeltacht)
  10. Age Friendly Award
  11. Social Inclusion Award
  12. Volunteer of the Year Award

The Best Contribution to Heritage Award recognises the efforts that community groups have made to the heritage of their area.

Loughrea Medieval Festival and Athenry Walled Towns have also been shortlisted for the ‘Heritage Publication Award’ for our joint project, the Medieval Comic Book, ‘A Short History of Athenry & Loughrea Walled Towns’.

An Awards Ceremony will take place in the Claregalway Hotel November 27th. Fingers crossed!

Yu Me Yu Me Scoops Best Dressed Medieval Window Display

Yu Me Yu Me Scoops Best Dressed Medieval Window Display

The Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee was pleased to announce the winner of its 2014 Best Dressed Medieval Window Competition as Yu Me Yu Me on Dunkellin Street.

 Loughrea Medieval Festival  Best Dressed Window Competition

The Best Dressed Competition formed part of Loughrea’s 1st Medieval Festival, 29th-31st August. A small town cafe, Yu Me Yu Me offer Crepes, Mauds scoop Ice Cream, All Day Breakfast, and lots more. Winners, Mary Carmel Hession, and Uschi Daberkow were presented with a Perpetual Shield to mark their success.

Loughrea’s First Medieval Festival a Great Success

Loughrea’s First Medieval Festival a Great Success

Loughrea’s First Medieval Festival a Great Success

Over 8000 people attended the various events held in the town of Loughrea last weekend as part of Loughrea’s first ever Medieval Festival.

Cllr. Michael Maher, Chairperson Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee said that ‘The partnership between local businesses, local communities, Galway County Council and the Heritage Council in developing the Medieval Festival is very welcome and much needed to promote and sustain our community, our heritage and be a driver for tourism for the town and hinterland.’

The weekend commenced with a wonderful Medieval Banquet in the Loughrea Hotel and Spa. Over 300 people attend this night of fun and merriment and several dressed up in very impressive medieval costumes.

The launch of the very impressive comic book entitled ‘A Short History of Athenry and Loughrea Walled Towns’ by 6th Class, St. Brendan’s National School, Loughrea and 5th Class, Lisheenkyle National School, Athenry took place in Loughrea Library on the Saturday morning. The comic book is really a collector’s item and several hundred copies were picked up by both children and adults in a matter of hours.

Fiona Beglane, lecturer of archaeology at the Institute of Technology, Sligo, gave a superb lecture to a packed audience in Loughrea Library on ‘Nora Novar, the de Burghs, and the Medieval Park at Earlspark Loughrea’. She examined the archaeological and historical evidence for a 13th-century park at Earlspark, Loughrea. Many people from the townland of Earlspark attend the lecture.

It was great to see the U16s hurling match take place between arch-rivals Athenry and Loughrea. The match was fought fast and hard and the victors on the day was the Athenry team, with a score of 3 13 to 3 9.
The Loughrea Hotel and Spa was the venue for an outstanding puppet show by Carmel Balfe. Carmel and her puppet show was a great hit with all the children and the adults on the day.

The Hungry Bookworm played host to a very insightful lecture by Dr. Christy Cunniffe on the Ecclesiastical Heritage of Medieval County Galway.

Several restaurants, pubs, bakeries and businesses offer medieval fine dining over the weekend and a number of shops decorated their windows with various medieval themes.

In excess of 240 people attended a wonderful Latin mass in the ruins of the Carmelite Abbey. It was a very moving and atmospheric event with mass commencing at dusk. There mellifluous singing of the choir added to the ambience of the mass. Many of those in attendance had never been in the ruined abbey previously.

Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer, Galway County Council said ‘Galway County Council, the Heritage Council and the Irish Walled Town Networks are very pleased to work with and assist Loughrea Medieval Festival in developing this excellent new festival for the Medieval town of Loughrea’. She added that ‘it was important to raise awareness, understanding and knowledge of the incredible medieval asset the town possesses and to use this potential for educational, tourism and economic benefits’.

Sunday saw a group of 60 people start the day off with a medieval fun run around the streets of Loughrea. This was followed by a medieval parade and Loughrea Walled Town Day at the Fairgreen. There were an exciting and varied number of displays and events held during the day such as a medieval dance workshop, a medieval weapons talk and demonstration, butter making, straw craft and an amazing falconry display.

Michelle Mitchell, Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee said ‘the Festival was designed to appeal to people of all ages and was very much inter-generational and family focused. It was also programmed to be interactive and to have a strong medieval educational and awareness building theme’. She added that ‘the committee is very pleased with the number of people attending the event’ and commended all the local people who gave so much of their time in a voluntary capacity to make the weekend an amazing free festival for all. ‘

McInerneys SuperValu Sponsors Best Dressed at Medieval Banquet

McInerneys SuperValu Sponsors Best Dressed at Medieval Banquet

The 1st Loughrea Medieval Festival will be launched at the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa in less than two hours. Forming part of the festivities the hotel are running a ‘Best Dressed’ Competition.

The festival committee would like to thank McInerneys SuperValu for sponsoring this great hamper for the Best Dressed Ladies Competition.

Tonights Medeival Banquet and Festival Opening Ceremony include

Drinks reception, and music by Harpist Aisling Costello
Combat show by Freelancing Knights of Redemption
Talk with Galway Hooker Brewery
Music following the meal by The Kings Of Connaught
View Medieval Themed Photographic Exhibition by Loughrea Camera Club
The winning Best Dressed Medieval Window Display will be announced on the night
and, the Best Dressed competition.

So Good Restaurant Loughrea

Medieval Plate for Two at So Good Restaurant

Medieval Plate for Two at So Good Restaurant

Known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with a passion for flavour and sourcing fresh, top quality products, So Good Restaurant is taking a step back in time this Loughrea Medieval Festival weekend, 29th-31st August 2014.

Waitresses will be dressed in medieval costumes, the restaurant is decorated, and will play medieval music, and the restaurant will serve a “Special Medieval Plate for Two” for €45. The price includes:

Starter: mix of smoked, dried sausages and homemade medieval bread
Main dish: roast chicken; slow roasted pork ribs; baked potatoes with garlic and herbs; rustic roasted vegetables
Dessert: apple pie with custard

Where: So Good Restaurant, Dunkellin Street, Loughrea, County Galway
When: Friday, 29th August, Saturday, 30th August & Sunday, 31st August, 2014
Times: Lunch 12 – 4pm, Dinner 5 – 9pm

Web: www.facebook.com/sogoodrestaurant
Email: restaurantsogood@gmail.com
Telephone: (091) 841031

Medieval Plate for Two at So Good Restaurant

Loughrea celebrates National Heritage Week

Candlelit Medieval Latin Mass and hymns

Loughrea celebrates National Heritage Week

Clonfert Diocesan Museum will also be open to the public on Saturday, 30th August from 12-4pm | Grounds of St. Brendan’s Cathedral, Barrack Street, Loughrea. View the unique collection of chalices, carved wooden figures and vestments, including the Kilcorban Madonna (c. 1180 AD), the oldest surviving wooden statue in the country.

Medieval Talk 2pm | Loughrea Library, Church Street , Loughrea

“Nora Novar, the de Burghs, and the Medieval Park at Earlspark Loughrea”, a talk by Dr Fiona Beglane, a lecturer of archaeology at the Institute of Technology, Sligo, which examines the archaeological and historical evidence for a 13th-century park at Earlspark, Loughrea. Free event, all are welcome.

Medieval lecture 5pm | The Hungry Bookworm, Abbey Street, Loughrea
Lecture on “The Ecclesiastical Heritage of Medieval County Galway” by Dr. Christy Cunniffe, Field Monument Advisor for Galway County Council. Free event, all are welcome.

You can also enjoy Candlelit Medieval Latin Mass and Hymns on Saturday, 30th August at 9pm in the ruins of the Old Carmelite Abbey, Abbey Street Built in 1300, the Carmelite Order have played a big part in the life of our town.

Other events include a Medieval Banquet, launch of a Medieval Comic Book  ‘A Short History of Athenry & Loughrea Walled Towns’, Walled Towns Day Parade, and Loughrea Walled Towns Day Free Family Fun.

The above events are part of the Loughrea Medieval Festival, 29th-31st August, and funded by the Heritage Council, Irish Walled Towns Network and Galway County Council.

National Heritage Week 2014 will run from August 23rd to 31st.