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.