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Loughrea Virtual Medieval Festival Sunday 23rd August 2020

Loughrea Virtual Medieval Festival Sunday 23rd August 2020

Learn, Connect & Celebrate our Medieval Past

It is a family-focused heritage and educational fun day where all sectors of the community can gain a greater awareness, appreciation and knowledge of the medieval town walls and the town of Loughrea. Last year the festival attracted over 15,000 people to the three-day event.

Cllr. Michael Maher, Chairperson, Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee said “This year due to Covid19 Loughrea Medieval Festival has gone virtual and the theme of this year’s event is ‘Learn, Connect & Celebrate our Medieval Past’. He also said that this year’s virtual festival “has been designed to be inclusive, accessible, fun and free for all to view on our website and social media platforms.”

Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer, Galway County Council said “The programme reflects the medieval history of the town of Loughrea and the virtual festival is a platform to showcase art, craft, food, weaponry, music, the rich heritage assets of the town”. 

Harper Úna Ní Fhlannagáin has produced a series of videos on Ireland’s most celebrated composer, Turlough O’Carolan, who regularly visited and performed Loughrea in the 1700s. She gives a fascinating insight into his patrons, ranging from the quirky to the tragic, and accompanied by sample of the music he composed for them.

Garry Kelly, GK media has produced some wonderful videos on medieval swords and walking pilgrims with Dave Swift of Claíomh; charcoal drawings of a medieval window with Wolf Lorien; glass bead making with Dr Mags Mannion and an insight to St Mary’s Abbey with Dr Christy Cunniffe.

Loughrea Craft Club have two videos on how to make a medieval shield and sword and how to make a medieval helmet. Loughrea Medieval Times newspaper produced by Damien Goodfellow, Graphic Designer is a must-read for the Norman times we live in. He has also produced an excellent Loughrea Medieval activity book where children will learn about medieval Loughrea in a fun way.

There is also an online etching exhibition by Martina Passman of the main medieval features of the town.

Filmmaker Paul Murphy has produced excellent films on the art of Straw Craft with Melanie Lorien and the craft of the Blacksmith with Mark Wilson.

Listen to a podcast of a walking tour of Loughrea by Sally Ann Barrett, Galway Bay FM as she interviews Joe Loughnane on the wonderful treasures to be found as you walk around the town of Loughrea.

Gary Dempsey has created wonderful 3D models of Garrybreeda Knight Corbal, 15th century Kilcorban Madonna, Cross Slab, St Catherine and a medieval window detail. He also has excellent interviews with Dr Christy Cunniffe on Clonfert Diocesan Museum, Garrybreeda and St. Mary’s Abbey.

Community Archaeologist Bernie Doherty has produced a very informative and interesting presentation on a virtual tour of medieval Loughrea. She is also running a competition on re-imagining the castle of Loughrea.

Artist John Flynn has created excellent postcards on the 13th century Kilcorban Madonna, west window detail of St. Mary’s Abbey, 15th century corbel with knight head detail, St Bridget’s shoe shrine. Copies are available from the Heritage Office, Galway County Council.

The Festival has been developed by the Heritage Office, Galway County Council & Loughrea Medieval Festival Committee and is funded by Galway County Council and the Heritage Council. Loughrea is a member of the Irish Walled Towns Network of Ireland.

To experience Loughrea Virtual Medieval Festival log on to following website and social media channel:

Galway County Heritage Office Website

Facebook page

Live Streaming of Loughrea Virtual Medieval Festival will be on Sunday 23rd August at 1pm on:

Galway Beo Facebook 

Loughrea Virtual Medieval Festival Sunday 23rd August 2020

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