Cartoon Capers with Alan Nolan – Kids Comic Workshop

Ever wanted to learn how to make your very own COMIC?

Join Alan for Cartoon Capers to learn how he became a cartoonist and create your own cartoon with him. We have two workshops designed to suit boys and girls from 5yrs of age. (booking essential)
Date – 21st July 2017
Time – 11.30am – 1.00pm Ages 5yrs to 9yrs
Time – 2.00pm – 3.30pm Ages 10yrs to 13yrs

Location – Crank House
Fee – €5.00pp (to be paid on the day)

To Book

Alan Nolan is the author and illustrator of The Big Break Detectives Casebook, the Murder Can Be Fatal Mysteries series of graphic novels and the humorous hurling novel Fintan’s Fifteen. His latest children’s illustrated novel, Conor’s Caveman is about a boy and girl who find a caveman frozen in a glacier in the Wicklow mountains, and is available now!

His next novel Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week, about a girl who accidentally becomes brain-swapped with a dog, will be released in August. Alan lives in Bray, County Wicklow with his wife and three sons and a cat called Chewie. Chewie is the only member of the family who doesn’t regularly steal any of Alan’s pencils.

“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.”

Food & Craft market – Banagher square Saturday 14th May

Come along and sample the finest food and craft from the Banagher area and beyond. Following on from the hugely successful Christmas food and craft fair “That Beats Banagher” are delighted to see the return of this wonderful event! There will be something for everyone including local food, craft and a boat building exhibition.

From 12.00pm to 5.00pm in Banagher square.

Some of the talented makers are:

Cole Ceramics

Shannon Pens 

Mosiacs by Aodhán Ó’Broin

Photography by David Boylan

– Home Baking
– Preserves & Jams
– Slate Art
– Knitting
– Crocheting
– Jewellery
– Hand Painted Craft
– Timber Craft
– Home decor.
– Cards
– Gift Sets

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Live Music in the Square, Banagher – Friday 13th

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Michaela Keenaghan preforming ‘Wuthering Heights’

There will be a treat of homegrown live music in the square, Banagher on Friday 13th May.

Come along and join the fun from 7pm to 10pm.

All Welcome!



Performers include:

Little White Lies
1st & 2nd years Coláiste Na Sionna, Banagher
Michaela Keenaghan
Emmet Cox

MC for the evening:  Tadhg Cox

Aine Cox accompanied by Tadhg Cox

Aine Cox accompanied by Tadhg Cox

Make a book Workshop with Author Dolores Keaveney

Make a Book Workshop with Dolores Keaveney – Children over 6 (families also welcome)

Duration – 1 1/2  hour workshop

During the workshop each child would make their own little book. It would be a picture book with words and images with about 8/10 pages.

Workshop based on the work of Charlotte Bronte where you will read and made a cartoon strip based on it.

Date: Saturday 14th May 2016

Duration – 1 1/2  hour workshop

Times: 11.00am to 1.00pm

Venue: Crank House, Banagher, Co Offaly

Fee: €5.00pp (to be paid on the day)


Illustrator and Author Dolores Keaveney

About Dolores

I am a self published author/illustrator of children’s picture books. I am an artist and have been painting for the best part of 40 years and have had many exhibitions. My art is vibrant, colourful, loose and uplifting. I get my inspiration from my garden when in summertime it is packed full of beautiful flowers. I decided to self publish because I had read up and researched a lot about self publishing over the previous year and I felt it was a route which I would like to take as it was a challenging way to go about publishing a book. I realised from the start that it would be a daunting journey but I felt I still wanted to go this route. In 2009 I launched my first picture book ‘If I were a bee’… This book was a great success for me and spurred me on to write and illustrate more.

For more information on Dolores you can visit her website here 

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Crossbar Challenge

A challenge that requires upmost skill, technique and possibly some good luck!  That Beats Banagher are calling out for sporting enthusiasts of ages to come along to St Rynagh’s GAA on Saturday 14th May and compete in the inaugural That Beats Banagher – Crossbar Hurling Challenge.

Boys and girls, mums and dads, young and old take on an Offaly hurl and join our crossbar challenge. He or she who dares wins!

We are now inviting teams to register for this event which will take place from 2pm to 3pm on Saturday 14th May.

  • Teams –  3 per team
  • Cost – €10

There will be a prize giving at 3.15pm so don’t miss your opportunity to become That Beats Banagher – Inaugural Crossbar Challenge Winner 2016!
To book, register or find out more information please contact John Troy (087-7671273) or Paddy Scales (087-6228795) or register you teams HERE.  Alternatively you can come early of the day and register your team.  

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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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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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