5k Fun Walk, Run or Jog!

Come along and join in this Fun Walk, Run Jog …. whatever your fitness level allows! A great family Fun morning – if running to hit a time is not your thing this is the perfect run for you.

All funds raised on the day will go towards Banagher Tidy Towns.

Registration at Crank House on the morning from 10.40.

If you’d like to register beforehand or if you have any queries please contact Carmel Rourke.

Cost €10 adult  €5 child

Heritage Walk

On Saturday, several notable locals will lead a short field trip to places associated with Anthony Trollope and Charlotte Brontë, the two great Victorian writers associated with Banagher.

The meeting point for this event is outside Charlotte’s Way Guesthouse at the top of the Hill, Banagher at 5.30p.m. After visiting St.Paul’s Church participants will move by car to look at the four Napoleonic fortifications built in the early Nineteenth Century to defend Banagher Bridge against the anticipated arrival of French invaders. These include Fort Eliza, the Bridge Barracks, the Martello Tower and Cromwell’s Castle.

World War One Exhibition and Talk

An exhibition entitled Banagher’s War Dead & Banagher in 1914 – 18, curated by Caitríona O’Meara and Doreen McGouran will be on display in the Long Room, in Crank House, over the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon at 3p.m. Steven Callaghan, local historian and authority on Birr’s military history and graveyards, will deliver an illustrated talk in Crank House. Steven’s talk will focus on Banagher’s experience in the First World War.

Edwardian Tea Party

Immediately after the Miscellany on Friday evening an Edwardian Tea party will be held in the Courtyard of Crank House, Lower Main Street where a lighter mood will be created by the acclaimed jazz musician Mr. Bob Batty.

Participants are strongly encouraged to dress in period costume be it Victorian, Edwardian or Military with prizes being awarded to those best attired.

Launch of the Inaugural That Beat’s Banagher Festival at Crank House, Banagher. Picture: Ger Rogers/HR Photo.

Aileen and Sean Corrigan with their daughters Rosey and Blaithin at the Launch of the Inaugural That Beat’s Banagher Festival at Crank House, Banagher. Picture: Ger Rogers/HR Photo.

Eddie Alford, Monica Kelly, Josephine Devery, Carmel Rourke and Patrick Kenny at the Launch of the Inaugural That Beat’s Banagher Festival at Crank House, Banagher. Picture: Ger Rogers/HR Photo.

Banagher Remembers World War One Miscellany

Banagher presents a World War One Miscellany

As part of this year’s That Beats Banagher Festival some events have been organised which will remember Banagher in the time of World War One, (1914 – 1918). On Friday 21st July a miscellany of short new writings and associated music entitled Banagher Remembers World War One, will be held in St. Paul’s Church on the Hill, commencing at 7p.m. Admission is free but booking is required and can be made on line at www.thatbeatsbanagher.com or by ringing 087 134 8779.

The readings will be delivered by Stephen Callaghan, Cora Stronge Smith, James Scully, Jim Madden, Caitriona O’Meara and Doreen McGouran. Musical pieces strongly associated with World War One will be performed by the Tullamore Town Band under the baton of Mr,Lorcan Daly. Among the tunes selected are familiar songs from the period such as A Long Way to Tipperary, Pack Up Your Troubles and Roses of Picardy. Other works by Thomas Moore, Ivor Novello and Kenneth J.Alford will be also be performed. The evening will conclude with a rendition of The Last Post and Réveillé.

While the event is free those in attendance will be invited to make a donation towards the festival’s funds as they leave the church.

Immediately afterwards an Edwardian Tea party will be held in the Courtyard of Crank House, Lower Main Street where a lighter mood will be created by the acclaimed jazz musician Mr. Bob Batty. Participants are strongly encouraged to dress in period costume be it Victorian, Edwardian or Military with prizes being awarded to those best attired.

 

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Sionn Mhara – Join the Crew

Banagher’s local long boat is back again this year offering you the opportunity to join the crew and take to the Shannon to enjoy the opportunity. The local long boat was launched at the time of the festival two years ago after being created by local community members. The option is now there to go out and be a part of the crew during the festival so utilise it while you can.

Creative Writing Workshop with Author Eileen Casey ‘Postcards to the Front’

Creative Writing Workshop with Eileen Casey

  • Date: Sunday 23rd July 2017
  • Times: 11.30pm to 2.00pm
  • Venue:  Charlotte’s Way, Banagher
  • Fee: €10.00 (To be paid on the day)

In an age where correspondence is chiefly characterised by text messaging, this workshop seeks to rediscover the joys of other forms of communication. During WWI, such forms were particularly significant as a means of keeping alive the memory of loved ones.

The Bamforth Song Series Postcards, for example, were a popular way for those at home to correspond with their loved ones at the Front. The workshop will feature a set of six such postcards which formed part of a correspondence between sweethearts in 1914 and although the messages are short, they are extremely poignant.

Participants are invited to explore the impact of such forms and how these little gems have an enduring resonance in contemporary times. Letters and diaries as valuable writing formats and inspirational treasures will also be included.

Facilitator Eileen Casey is a widely published poet, writer and journalist. A Hennessy Award winning Writer, she has published collections of poetry (New Island) and short fiction (Arlen House) and her work is anthologised by Faber & Faber, New Island, Arlen House, Dedalus Press, among others. She was a prize-winner with An Post Letter Writing Awards and Bealtaine’s Letter Writing Competition organised by the National Gallery, Dublin.