Category: Historical

Culture Night – Banagher

Banagher celebrates Culture Night

Military Manoeuvres Projected is an open-air screening of a short film created by artist, Patricia Hurl, local school children, parents and the wider community of Banagher. In 1891 artist, Richard Moynan created the painting “Military Manoeuvres” – illustrating a crowded street-scene depicting a group of children amusing themselves by pretending to be a regimental band. On Culture Night 2016, a re-imagined version of the original painting was created and documented. On Fri 22 Sept, for Culture Night 2017, a public screening of this re-enactment will take place in Banagher Town from 8-10pm.

Free event.

J.J. Houghs invites you to join them for an evening of moving image with a very special screening of Patrick Hough’s And in a Thousand Years narrated by Lisa Dwan, which was commissioned by the Jerwood/FVU Awards 2017. Also on the bill is an extract of a screenplay The Barman’s Lament written and directed by Gerald Hough. And a reel of films by video artist Stephanie Hough. Screenings begin at 8.30pm on Fri 22 Sept as part of Culture Night Offaly. Free event.

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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.

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.

 

JOHNNIE BRIGGS TO VISIT BANAGHER

An exciting extra event will be added to the forthcoming That Beats Banagher Festival when renowned Bronte expert and Yorkshire guide  Mr. Johnnie Briggs will deliver a talk entitled The Story of the Bronte Family in Crank House at 6 p.m. on Sunday 15th May. This promises to be a colourful and entertaining presentation which will be embellished with extracts from letters, poems and novels written by the famous family. Everybody is welcome to this event which will conclude the festival weekend.

 

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BRONTE READINGS AT BANAGHER LIBRARY

As part of the second That Beats Banagher Festival a  selection of readings by and about the remarkable Bronte family, will take place in Banagher Library on Friday 13th May at 5.30 p.m. Booking is essential and can be made by calling to the library when the librarian is on duty or by phoning  Birr  Library 05791 24950. Anybody wishing to join the growing list of readers should contact James Scully at 085 710 7569.  Everybody welcome and the session should last for about 75 minutes. Admission is free.

Guest Readers Include:

Olivia Murray
Aideen Madden
Annette Hamill
Vinnie Fennell
Billy Coffey
James Scully
Bryn Coldrick
Cora Stronge Smith

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