Author: Hugh

SUP – Stand up Paddle boarding on the Shannon

If you have an interest in water sports and want to try something new, then look no further. On the 22nd of July, Mid Ireland Adventure will host a stand up paddle boarding event. The event will begin at 10am and end at 1pm, will cost €10.00pp that can be paid on the day and will be available for everyone over the age of ten.


  • Safari 1 leaving at 10:15am
  • Safari 2 leaving 11:30am


  • Safari 1 leaving at 11:15am
  • Safari 2 leaving 12:30am

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 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.


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.

“That Beats Banagher 2017” Announcement

To say that the festival for “”That Beats Banagher 2017” has something for everybody is no idle boast. If you’re interested in activities in crafts, sports or history we have something for you.

That Beats Banagher is a festival designed to celebrate all things Banagher. Banagher will host a special Miscellany and Edwardian Tea Party to commemorate and remember Banagher families involved in WW1. Come and dress in your best period outfit to be in with a chance to be awarded with a prize for the best dressed guest!

Those coming to Banagher to explore the majestic Shannon can enjoy a taster of open canadian canoeing, wake boarding or SUP – standup paddleboarding. There will also be an opportunity to join the crew on the local long boat “The Sionn Mara”. If dry land suits you more then we also have blitzes and games at St Rynaghs GAA, craft workshops and demonstrations and zorbing by the Shannon.

If you’d prefer something more relaxing we have writing workshops, comic-book classes, readings and recitals. There will also be live music every day.

And what festival is complete without a blast of fireworks. On Saturday night the skies over the town will be ablaze with light and colour.


Yes there’s all of that and more from Friday, July 21st  to Sunday, July 23rd  at “That Beats Banagher 2017.”