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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

Loughrea Medieval Festival Poster 2016

Loughrea Medieval Festival Poster 2016

Official poster of the 3rd annual Loughrea Medieval Festival has just been unveiled. The image, designed by artist Damien Goodfellow incorporates this years festival theme ‘Loughrea 780’, recognising 780 years since the foundation of the medieval town of Loughrea.

Loughrea Medieval Festival runs from Friday, August 26 – Sunday, August 28, 2016. The festival weekend in Loughrea, County Galway is free for the public to attend, thanks to partnership with The Heritage Council, Irish Walled Towns Network, Galway County Council and support from Fáilte Ireland and IPB Insurance.

Loughrea Medieval Festival 2016 Poster

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Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative 2016

Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative offered to Loughrea Medieval Festival

Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative offered to Loughrea Medieval Festival

It’s grant funding season and Loughrea Medieval Festival are delighted to receive news, via Galway County Council Evaluation panel for the Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative, that the Loughrea Medieval Festival (26th – 28th August, 2016) has been approved for the maximum sum of €1000.

The Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative 2016 is a joint partnership between Galway County Council (galway.ie), IPB Insurance (ipb.ie) and Fáilte Ireland (failteireland.ie).

The amount awarded will be based on the number of overseas visitors attending the Loughrea Medieval Festival weekend. The minimum offered under this initiative is €500 and the maximum €3,000.

Galway County Council support Loughrea Medieval Festival under Community Support Scheme 2016

Support from Galway County Council under the Community Support Scheme 2016

Support from Galway County Council under the Community Support Scheme 2016

Great start to the grant application process – on Friday last, April 8, 2016 Loughrea Medieval Festival committee received written confirmation that the Loughrea Medieval Festival been approved heritage support funding by Galway County Council under the Community Support Scheme 2016.

This funding will make a healthy difference to the free events planned for the public on the last weekend of August, Friday 26th – Sunday 28th August.

Loughrea Medieval Festival is set to return for a third year and would like to thank and acknowledge the support of Galway County Council.

Loughrea’s Second Medieval Festival a Great Success

Loughrea’s Second Medieval Festival a Great Success

Loughrea’s Second Medieval Festival a Great Success

Loughrea was packed to capacity last weekend with 14858 people from at home and abroad attending the various events held in the town of Loughrea as part of Loughrea’s Medieval Festival.

Cllr. Michael Maher, Chairperson Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee said that ‘The partnership between local businesses, local communities, Galway County Council, The Irish Walled Towns Network 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 250 people attend this night of fun and merriment and several dressed up in very impressive medieval costumes.
The Temperance Hall was the centre of medieval creativity for over 450 children where they part-took in medieval games and archaeologist Anne Carey introduced a number of them to the skills of medieval calligraphy and investigated the amazing gold works of the period. Over 400 people attended the jousting picnic at the ‘Walks’ where medieval Knights battled it out on horse-back.

The Temperance Hall was also the venue for an outstanding puppet shows and paper bag puppet making by Carmel Balfe. Carmel and her puppet show was a great hit with all the children and the adults on the day.

Loughrea Library hosted two packed to capacity heritage lectures one was a fascinating lecture by Clodagh Doyle from the National Museum about early hair hurling balls, while Dr. Jim McKeon gave a very insightful talk on the archaeology of medieval Loughrea. This was followed by genealogical workshops from Western Family History Association, East Galway Genealogical Centre and Ireland Reaching Out.

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

Over 100 people took the opportunity to visit Clonfert Diocesan museum and view their wonderful medieval collection that includes the Kilcorban Madonna that dates from c1180AD and the ‘Matheus Macraith’ chalice that is over 500 years old.

New additions to the weekend this year was the medieval tavern trail, the tug-o-war and the medieval busking competition that drew large crowds.

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.

People had the opportunity to travel back in time to medieval Loughrea where they could see a 3D model of the town with its moat, earthen banks, the priory, castle and see the inhabitants who lived in the town. This project is being developed by Realsim, a gaming company and is being funded by Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee, Galway County Council and the Heritage Council.

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 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 over 100 people start the day off with heritage walks around the town with Colman Shaughnessy and Joe Loughnane. This was followed by a Grand Clan Parade and then by a Walled Towns Family Fun Day. There was an exciting and varied number of displays and events held during the day such as a medieval weapons talk and demonstration, butter making, spinning, basket making, leather works, archers, potters, blacksmiths, woodturning, traditional crafts workshops, archaeological dig, bee keeping, circus skills workshops, traditional games, bubble blowing with fairy stilt walkers, the medieval photo booth, medieval Olympics, boat trips on the lake and an amazing falconry display.

It also saw the launch a special commemorative Loughrea Medieval Coin by Cllr. Peter Roche, Cathaoirleach, Galway County Council. This was followed by the launch of Dr. Fiona Beglane’s magnificent book on ‘Anglo-Norman Parks in Ireland’. The publication includes Earlspark townland near Loughrea which is the best preserved example of a deerpark from this period.

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.’

Digital 3D Reconstruction of Medieval Loughrea

Digital 3D Reconstruction of Medieval Loughrea

Digital 3D Reconstruction of Medieval Loughrea

Few buildings in Loughrea survive from the medieval period and so Loughrea Medieval Festival committee, with support from Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer with Galway County Council set about providing a 3D vision on the town’s heritage. Thanks to funded by The Heritage Council and Galway County Council, RealSim Galway created a Digital 3D Reconstruction of Medieval Loughrea.

The PhD thesis of Dr. Jim McKeon, ‘Anglo-Norman Frontier Urban Settlement in the Plantagent Realm: Studies from South Connacht’ was used as the main reference document, with Dr Jim McKeon himself acting as advisor on the project.

The use of digitally recreated models not only provides an historical interpretation of Loughrea, but also allows for an interactive educational experience.

Phase 1 of this project gives an overview of Loughrea town and its surrounding landscape and places focus upon St. Mary’s Medieval Carmelite Abbey.

This project was officially launched as part of Loughrea Medieval Festival, on Saturday, 29th August, following Medieval Mass at St. Mary’s Carmelite Abbey. The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words”, a Visual Presentation of the project was viewed on the night by 240 people. A preview was shown to 250 people at the festival Medieval Banquet on Friday, 28th August.

View Phase 1 of Digital 3D Reconstruction of Medieval Loughrea online

Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative 2016

Loughrea Medieval Festival approved for Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative

Loughrea Medieval Festival approved for Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative

Loughrea Medieval Festival are delighted to receive news, via Galway County Council Evaluation panel for the Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative, that the Loughrea Medieval Festival (28th – 30th August, 2015) has been approved for the maximum sum of €1500.

The Community Tourism Diaspora Initiative 2015 is a joint partnership between Galway County Council (galway.ie), IPB Insurance (ipb.ie) and Fáilte Ireland (failteireland.ie).

The amount awarded will be based on the number of overseas visitors attending the Loughrea Medieval Festival weekend. The minimum offered under this initiative is €500 and the maximum €3,000.

Galway County Council support Loughrea Medieval Festival under Community Support Scheme 2016

Galway County Council support Loughrea Medieval Festival under Community Support Scheme 2015

Galway County Council support Loughrea Medieval Festival under Community Support Scheme 2015

A small voluntary committee formed in February 2014, and following a meeting with Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer with Galway County Council – Loughrea Medieval Festival was born. A few months later over 8,000 people attended a range of heritage and cultural events here in the town of Loughrea County Galway.

You quickly start to realise how much time and effort goes in to planning and bringing the festival to fruition – of which would not be possible with the sponsors and many partners and supporters of the event.

Loughrea Medieval Festival is set to return for a second year and would like to acknowledge the support of Galway County Council.

Great news for Loughrea Medieval Festival, and the town of Loughrea this morning, as the festival committee received written confirmation that the Loughrea Medieval Festival 28th-30th August, 2015 have been approved heritage support funding by Galway County Council under the Community Support Scheme 2015. This funding will make a healthy difference to the free events planned for the public on Saturday 29th & Loughrea Walled Towns Day on Sunday 30th August.

Big thank you to Galway County Council.

Galway County Council support Loughrea Medieval Festival under Community Support Scheme 2015

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.

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