Official Festival Brochure

After weeks, and months of organising, The Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee are delighted to present Loughrea’s 1st Medieval Festival program of events. 29th – 31st August is going to be an exciting one right here in Loughrea.

View the pdf version here: Loughrea Medieval Festival Brochure

Loughrea Medieval Festival Program of Events

Loughrea Medieval Festival Program of Events

Loughrea Medieval Festival is funded by the the Irish Walled Towns Network and Galway County Council.

Best Dressed Medieval Window Display Competition

Best Dressed Medieval Window Display Competition

Best Dressed Medieval Window Display Competition

To celebrate the run up to the Loughrea Medieval Festival, 29th-31st August, 2014, the festival committee are running a Best Dressed Medieval Window Display Competition.

This competition is open to all the businesses in the town, and free to enter, so whether you are a shop, a hotel, bars, hairdressers, beauticians, an office, a restaurant, or a café – if you decorate your window with a Medieval theme, and submit your details, you are in the competition and have the opportunity to win the Festival Perpetual Shield Trophy.

The lucky winner will be announced at the Loughrea Medieval Banquet, and Festival Opening Cermoney at the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa on Friday night, 29th August.

Businesses wishing to take part must submit their entry forms to Rose Fahy-Hays at Digiphoto, Bride Street, Loughrea (091 841 287) in order to be officially entered and judged by the panel.

Contact Name:
Contact Number:
Business Name:
Business Address

Attached a photo of your window display if possible.

Loughrea Medieval Festival Table Quiz

Table Quiz to aid Medieval Festival

Table Quiz to aid Medieval Festival

The Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee will host a fundraising table quiz Thursday, August 21st at 8pm in Dawdy Kenny’s Bar, Loughrea.

Come and join us for an evening of fun on Thursday, August 21st at the Quiz Night in Dawdy Kenny’s Bar Loughrea, with lots of questions to test your skill.

A table of 4 for €40. All welcome.

The proceeds from the night will go towards Loughrea’s 1st Medieval Festival, 29th-31st August.

Contact Rose Fahy Hays 087 9683281 / Michael Maher 086 9109185

Loughrea Medieval Banquet

Medieval Banquet fit for any Lord or Lady

Medieval Banquet fit for any Lord or Lady

Take a step back in time, and partake in an evening of Medieval inspired food and wines, merriment, music, and entertainment at the Medieval Banquet and Festival Opening Ceremony on Friday, 29th August at the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa.

  • Enjoy a drinks reception, and music with Harpist Aisling Costello.
  • View Medieval Themed Photographic Exhibition by Loughrea Camera Club.
  • Talk with Galway Hooker Brewery
  • The winning ‘Best Dressed Medieval Shop Front’ will be announced on the night.
  • A 20 minute choreographed fun combat show by Freelancing Knights of Redemption.
  • Music following the four course meal by The Kings Of Connaught.

Costumes are very welcome, with prizes for best dressed.

Tickets for all the above are €49, and are available to purchase from the Lough Rea Hotel reception.

Special overnight accommodation rates are available at the hotel from €99, Bed and Breakfast. Contact the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa at 091 880080.

Nora Novar the de Burghs and the Medieval Park at Earlspark Loughrea

Nora Novar the de Burghs and the Medieval Park at Earlspark Loughrea

Nora Novar the de Burghs and the Medieval Park at Earlspark Loughrea is the title of a talk by Dr Fiona Beglane, taking place on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 as part of the Loughrea Medieval Festival.

This talk examines the archaeological and historical evidence for a 13th-century park at Earlspark, Loughrea. This is the first detailed study of an Irish Anglo-Norman-period park, and the site, which lies c 2 km south-east of the town of Loughrea, is exceptionally well preserved. It is documented in 1333, along with its deer, and field survey in the area has identified the park, which is defined by a mortared-stone wall extending for 7.4 km and standing up to 2.6 m in height. This is known locally as Nora Novar’s wall and is an important feature in the folklore of the area.

Dr Fiona Beglane is a lecturer of archaeology at the Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland. Her research interests focus on zooarchaeology, hunting, medieval archaeology, medieval landscape and settlement and the use of scientific techniques in archaeology. She has a particular interest in integrating scientific, and social/cultural interpretations of archaeology, and in examining the interaction of humans and animals.

Claíomh to feature at Loughrea Medieval Festival

Claíomh features on TV3 Tales of Irish Castles

Claíomh features on TV3 Tales of Irish Castles

Loughrea Medieval Festival committee are delighted to have Claíomh’s Dave Swift, and Niamh O’Rourke among others form part of our towns Irish Walled Towns festivities at ‪Loughrea‬’s Medieval Family Fun Day on Sunday, August 31st 2014,.

CLAÍOMH (meaning ‘sword’ in the Gaelic) is a ‘living history’ group based in Ireland which re-creates a live and authentic image of medieval Ireland’s past.

Members of Claíomh featured on TV3 ‘Tales of Irish Castles’ Episode 1 on Sunday evening, August 22nd. Did you watch it? Tales of Irish Castles is a documentary series presented by Simon Delaney. The opening episode examines the state of Ireland in the 12th century, and explores some of the earliest Norman castles in the country, including Dublin, Trim, Carrickfergus, Limerick and Ashford Castle in Mayo.

Check them out on 3Player www.tv3.ie/3player/show/626/81302/1/Tales-of-Irish-Castles

Find out more about at www.claiomh.ie

Loughrea Medieval Food Trail

So Good Restaurant joins Loughrea Medieval Food Trail

Forming part of the Loughrea Medieval Festival weekend, locals and visitors are invited to sample Medieval inspired food at local eating houses throughout the weekend of 30th & 31st August 2014.

The festival committee are excited to announce that So Good Restaurant has joined the Loughrea Medieval Food Trail. Based at Dunkellin Street, Loughrea, So Good Restaurant serves European dishes, “modern, healthy, nicely presented and very delicious, prepared only with fresh and top quality products”.

So Good Restaurant on Facebook: www.facebook.com/sogoodrestaurant

Email the Loughrea Medieval Festival committee, loughreamedievalfestival@gmail.com if you would like your eatery to form part of the Loughrea Medieval Festival Food Trail, 30th & 31st August, 2014.

Heritage Council

Loughrea Medieval Festival future boosted by heritage grant

This August, thanks to funding from The Heritage Council, Loughrea’s 1st Medieval Festival will take place on the weekend of the 30th & 31st. A wide range of free events will take place over the course of the weekend.

“This is fantastic news from the Heritage Council and great news for Loughrea,” said a committee organiser.

The festival committee will post information relating to events closer to the date.

The Heritage Council: www.heritagecouncil.ie