Fun on the Shannon

That Beats Banagher Festival 2019

JULY 20TH & 21ST, 2019

That Beats Banagher festival takes place on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of July. It is an annual festival focused around the river Shannon and the rich history of the town of Banagher. Each year the festival includes events of historical and cultural significance, workshops and demonstrations, and leisure events on the Shannon.

This year activities include a local food and craft market, the reopening of the popular Martello Tower Bookshop, afternoon tea, sporting events, and an eclectic range of workshops and courses.

Following an evening of live music alongside the river, Saturday evening concludes with a fireworks display. Sunday is packed with events on the Shannon, including Zorbing, and open Canadian Canoeing. The big highlight though is the Galway Community circus on Sunday, and if you’re lucky you may glimpse ‘Monsieur Les Pompadu’ around the town. You can’t miss him though, he’s very very very tall.

Come along and enjoy a fun weekend on the Shannon.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

SUN JULY 21st, 2019 /
1:00PM - 4:00PM

Galway Community Circus Workshop

Come and learn circus skills with open workshops by Galway Community Circus! Our tutors can show you how to juggle with balls, dance with a hula hoop, balance flower sticks and manipulate clubs. You will learn at your own pace alongside our tutors who will also show you some cool tricks!

JULY 20th, 2019 /
SUNSET
Fireworks Display
JULY 21st, 2019 /
1.00PM - 4.00PM
'Monsieur Les Pompadu' - Stilt Walker
ALL WEEKEND
Activities & Workshops

Activities for everyone

20JULY

All Day
Martello Tower Bookshop

The Martello Tower Bookshop draws it’s stock mainly from a privately owned collection which includes books relating to Irish Literature, Art, Architecture & Heritage, and also some local history publications, maps and collectibles. The collection is curated by by Jas. Scully & Sons Co.Ltd. Open Sat - Sun during festival in Crank House.

All Day
Zorbing

Come on down to the Marina and get into a big plastic ball and roll around for a while!

All Day
Banagher and District CFR group

Demonstrations of how to give CPR and use a defibrillator and the chance for the public to try out their skills. Booking not required. Free event for all ages at various locations.

10:00AM - 1:00PM
GAA

Series of matches and blitzes at St. Rynagh's GAA Grounds.

11:00AM - 5:00PM
Face painting

Makeup as it should be. Get a bit of the old 'slap'on and run around looking like your favorite animal, superhero, or cartoon character! Free for all ages.

11:00AM - 4:00PM
Alan Nolan Drawing Drop-in Workshop

Dippy about dogs? Nutty for narwhales? Crackers for koalas? Join Summer Stars illustrator Alan Nolan for a fun Brain Swap 3000 workshop where you can draw yourself as your very favourite animal! Alan Nolan is the author and illustrator of the popular novels Fintan's Fifteen and Conor's Caveman for the O’Brien Press. His latest book, Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week, about a girl who gets brain-swapped with a dog, is out now! Drop in workshop. Free event for all ages at Crank House.
This event is sponsored by Inland and Coastal Marina Systems.

11:00AM - 4:30PM
Mark Wilson - Copper Smith

Coppersmith Demonstration with drop in workshops for kids Booking not required. Free event for all ages at Crank House & Marina.This event is sponsored by Banagher Credit Union

Times Below
Pottery Workshops

11:00am to 12:00pm
12:30pm to 1:30pm
2:00pm to 3:00pm
€10 per person. In Crank House Courtyard

This event is sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Times Veloq
Stand up Paddle boarding

A fantastic opportunity to have a taster of SUP – Stand Up Paddle boarding on the River Shannon during ‘That Beats Banagher’ Festival 2019. Booking essential. For ages 10+. €15 per person. 11:30AM - 12:15PM and 12:45PM - 1:30PM.

12:00AM - 5:00PM
Afternoon Tea at Charlotte's Way

How about a delightful afternoon tea in this 17th. century refurbished Georgian townhouse which counts among its previous residents the Reverend Arthur Bell Nicholls husband of renowned author Charlotte Bronte. Booking essential. For all ages. All proceeds go to festival.

Times Below
Midlands Science Shows with Declan Holmes

Science Workshops (3 x 40 minute workshops) Launch rockets and helicopters. Make waves and explore the science behind musical instruments with Declan Holmes of Science Ireland.

12:00pm to 12:40pm
1:00pm to 1:40pm
2:00pm to 2:40pm
Free event, Booking recommended. In Crank House Courtyard. For Ages 7+

12:00PM to 5:00PM
Local Food & Craft Market

Dip in for a taste or pick up a unique gift from our local and artisan market. In Library Square.

Times Below
Archery Workshops

(4 x 30 minute workshops) Take a step back into the past and experience the world of Robin Hood.  Celebrate a sport that has shaped the human history of hunting, sport and competition..

4:00pm to 4:30pm
4:30pm to 5:00pm
5:00pm to 5:30pm
5:30pm to 6:00pm
€10 per person. Booking essential For Ages 10+

6:00 - 7:30pm
An Encounter with Banagher's Faithful Departed

An encounter with prominent citizens that lived in Banagher and environs in bygone days. Guides: James Scully, Kieran Keenaghan and more interesting characters Meeting point Entrance gate to St. Rynagh's Old Church and Graveyard Market Square, Banagher. Booking Advised. Free Event. All Welcome..

8.30PM
Live Music on Shannon Bank Park

  • Local band Just Chilllin
  • Offaly Musician Luz Corrigan
Come on down to the Shannon bank and relax, listen to music, bring a picnic, whatever!

9.30PM (Sunset)
Fireworks Display

The big highlight of our festival every year is the fireworks display across the Shannon. After an evening of food and music on the Shannon back the Fireworks will light up the sky just after sunset. Not to be missed.

20JULY

All Day
Martello Tower Bookshop

The Martello Tower Bookshop draws it’s stock mainly from a privately owned collection which includes books relating to Irish Literature, Art, Architecture & Heritage, and also some local history publications, maps and collectibles. The collection is curated by by Jas. Scully & Sons Co.Ltd. Open Sat - Sun during festival in Crank House.

All Day
Zorbing

Come on down to the Marina and get into a big plastic ball and roll around for a while!

All Day
Banagher and District CFR group

Demonstrations of how to give CPR and use a defibrillator and the chance for the public to try out their skills. Booking not required. Free event for all ages at various locations.

10:00AM - 1:00PM
GAA

Series of matches and blitzes at St. Rynagh's GAA Grounds.

11:00AM - 5:00PM
Face painting

Makeup as it should be. Get a bit of the old 'slap'on and run around looking like your favorite animal, superhero, or cartoon character! Free for all ages.

11:00AM - 4:00PM
Alan Nolan Drawing Drop-in Workshop

Dippy about dogs? Nutty for narwhales? Crackers for koalas? Join Summer Stars illustrator Alan Nolan for a fun Brain Swap 3000 workshop where you can draw yourself as your very favourite animal! Alan Nolan is the author and illustrator of the popular novels Fintan's Fifteen and Conor's Caveman for the O’Brien Press. His latest book, Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week, about a girl who gets brain-swapped with a dog, is out now! Drop in workshop. Free event for all ages at Crank House.
This event is sponsored by Inland and Coastal Marina Systems.

11:00AM - 4:30PM
Mark Wilson - Copper Smith

Coppersmith Demonstration with drop in workshops for kids Booking not required. Free event for all ages at Crank House & Marina.This event is sponsored by Banagher Credit Union

Times Below
Pottery Workshops

11:00am to 12:00pm
12:30pm to 1:30pm
2:00pm to 3:00pm
€10 per person. In Crank House Courtyard

This event is sponsored by Bank of Ireland

Times Veloq
Stand up Paddle boarding

A fantastic opportunity to have a taster of SUP – Stand Up Paddle boarding on the River Shannon during ‘That Beats Banagher’ Festival 2019. Booking essential. For ages 10+. €15 per person. 11:30AM - 12:15PM and 12:45PM - 1:30PM.

12:00AM - 5:00PM
Afternoon Tea at Charlotte's Way

How about a delightful afternoon tea in this 17th. century refurbished Georgian townhouse which counts among its previous residents the Reverend Arthur Bell Nicholls husband of renowned author Charlotte Bronte. Booking essential. For all ages. All proceeds go to festival.

Times Below
Midlands Science Shows with Declan Holmes

Science Workshops (3 x 40 minute workshops) Launch rockets and helicopters. Make waves and explore the science behind musical instruments with Declan Holmes of Science Ireland.

12:00pm to 12:40pm
1:00pm to 1:40pm
2:00pm to 2:40pm
Free event, Booking recommended. In Crank House Courtyard. For Ages 7+

12:00PM to 5:00PM
Local Food & Craft Market

Dip in for a taste or pick up a unique gift from our local and artisan market. In Library Square.

Times Below
Archery Workshops

Science Workshops (4 x 30 minute workshops) Take a step back into the past and experience the world of Robin Hood.  Celebrate a sport that has shaped the human history of hunting, sport and competition..

4:00pm to 4:30pm
4:30pm to 5:00pm
5:00pm to 5:30pm
5:30pm to 6:00pm
€10 per person. Booking essential For Ages 10+

6:00 - 7:30pm
An Encounter with Banagher's Faithful Departed

An encounter with prominent citizens that lived in Banagher and environs in bygone days. Guides: James Scully, Kieran Keenaghan and more interesting characters Meeting point Entrance gate to St. Rynagh's Old Church and Graveyard Market Square, Banagher. Booking Advised. Free Event. All Welcome..

8.30PM
Live Music on Shannon Bank Park

  • Local band Just Chilllin
  • Offaly Musician Luz Corrigan
Come on down to the Shannon bank and relax, listen to music, bring a picnic, whatever!

9.30PM (Sunset)
Fireworks Display

The big highlight of our festival every year is the fireworks display across the Shannon. After an evening of food and music on the Shannon back the Fireworks will light up the sky just after sunset. Not to be missed.

21JULY

All Day
Martello Tower Bookshop

The Martello Tower Bookshop draws it’s stock mainly from a privately owned collection which includes books relating to Irish Literature, Art, Architecture & Heritage, and also some local history publications, maps and collectibles. The collection is curated by by Jas. Scully & Sons Co.Ltd. Open Sat - Sun during festival in Crank House.

All Day
Zorbing

Come on down to the Marina and get into a big plastic ball and roll around for a while! Booking not required. Free event.

All Day
Banagher and District CFR group

Demonstrations of how to give CPR and use a defibrillator and the chance for the public to try out their skills. Booking not required. Free event for all ages at various locations.

Times Veloq
Stand up Paddle boarding

A fantastic opportunity to have a taster of SUP – Stand Up Paddle boarding on the River Shannon during ‘That Beats Banagher’ Festival 2019. Booking essential. For ages 10+. €15 per person. 11:30AM - 12:15PM and 12:45PM - 1:30PM.

10:30AM – 12:00PM
Stilt Walking Workshop

Booking essential. €15.00 For kids over 10.

This event is sponsored by Silverline Cruisers

Times Below
Pottery Workshops

11:00am to 12:00pm
12:30pm to 1:30pm
2:00pm to 3:00pm
€10 per person. In Crank House Courtyard

This event is sponsored by Bank of Ireland

11.00AM - 4.30PM
Mark Wilson - Copper Smith

Coppersmith Demonstration with drop in workshops for kids Booking not required. Free event for all ages at Crank House & Marina.This event is sponsored by Banagher Credit Union

11.00AM - 3.00PM
Foraging field trip

Foraging field trip with Wild Food Mary -Wild Food Forager & Educator Connecting people to their places and heritage through exploration, observation and use of wild plants. Booking essential. Adult €10.00. Child €5.00. Start at Crank House.

This event is sponsored by Supervalu Banagher

11:00AM - 4:00PM
Alan Nolan Drawing Drop-in Workshop

Dippy about dogs? Nutty for narwhales? Crackers for koalas? Join Summer Stars illustrator Alan Nolan for a fun Brain Swap 3000 workshop where you can draw yourself as your very favourite animal! Alan Nolan is the author and illustrator of the popular novels Fintan's Fifteen and Conor's Caveman for the O’Brien Press. His latest book, Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week, about a girl who gets brain-swapped with a dog, is out now! Drop in workshop. Free event for all ages at Crank House.
This event is sponsored by Inland and Coastal Marina Systems.

12:00PM - 3:00PM
Sionn Mhara Bantry Bay Longboat

Come along and join the crew for a leisurely row on the Shannon

12:00PM – 3.00PM
Pitch & Putt workshops

How about learning some new techniques or honing old ones in a fun atmosphere at our pitch and putt workshops with a qualified instructor.Booking essential. €5.00 For ages 8 - 15.

Times Below
Art & Craft Workshops

12:00pm to 1:00pm
1:00pm to 2:00pm
2:00pm to 3:00pm
3:00pm to 4:00pm
€5 per person. For all ages. At Banagher Marina

This event is sponsored by Liffey Mills

12.00PM - 5:00PM
Face painting

Makeup as it should be. Get a bit of the old 'slap'on and run around looking like your favorite animal, superhero, or cartoon character! Free for all ages.

Times Below
Galway Community Circus - Learn circus skills

Learn to juggle with balls, dance with a hula hoop, balance flower sticks and manipulate clubs. Three workshops: ** Tight-wire / balance workshop ** Juggling and manipulation workshop (balls, rings,...) ** Pick n Mix - Try a selection of circus skills (diabolo, plate balancing, flower stick)
1:00pm to 2:00pm
2:00pm to 3:00pm
3:00pm to 4:00pm
€5 per person. For all ages. On Shannon Bank

This event is sponsored by Banagher Precast Concrete

1:00PM - 4:00PM
'Monsieur Les Pompadu' Stilt Walker

Réatla Presents Stilt Walker - 'Monsieur Les Pompadu' is a French tourist from another era. He's a bit posh and a bit lost! Colorful, bright and very high up, he'll engage everyone from tall to small in his hilarious frenchy style. Booking not required. Free for all ages.

Times Below
Introduction to Open Canadian Canoeing

Shannon Adventure Canoeing are holding an introduction to Open Canadian Canoeing. All participants must be able to swim. There will be two 1-hour sessions to choose from (book below).
2:00pm to 3:00pm
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Booking essential. For all ages.

COUNTDOWN TO THAT BEATS BANAGHER 2018

Banagher Festival Map 2019

Banagher Festival Map 2019

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