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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

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.


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.

Introduction to Open Canadian Canoeing

Introduction to Open Canadian Canoeing

‘Shannon Adventure Canoeing are holding an introduction to Open Canadian Canoeing on Sunday 23rd July from 2pm to 4pm at the Marina, Banagher. All participants must be able to swim.

  • Location – Marina, Banagher
  • Time – 2pm to 4pm
  • Cost – €5 per person.(To be paid on the day)


Places can be reserved here but if you have any queries please contact Brendina O’ Meara.

Phone Number: (087) 125-0731

Pottery Workshops with Damian O Brien

We are delighted to have Damian O Brien back with us this year – you will have the opportunity to explore the basics of this traditional craft. The workshop will cover basic techniques of pottery and the participants will be encouraged to work on a small piece of work.

Duration – 2 hour workshop

  • Date: Saturday 22nd July 2017
  • Adults & Children over 8
  • Times:  12.30 – 2.30 & 3.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Venue:  Banagher, Co Offaly
  • Fee: €10.00 (to be paid on the day)


  • Date: Sunday 23rd July 2017
  • Ages: Children over 5
  • Times:  12.30 – 2.30 & 3.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Venue: Banagher, Co Offaly
  • Fee: €10.00 (to be paid on the day)

(includes materials) No previous pottery skills required.


Damian has been involved with the making of functional ware for the last twenty years. He has travelled extensively throughout the Middle East and Europe and experienced many different cultures. He is now based near the historic site of Clonmacnoise. His deep connection with the history and landscape of Westmeath influences the earthy, organic, physical shapes, of the mainly salt glazed, woodfired wares. Damian’s main interest lies in the physical process of the woodfire kiln. This, combined with the unpredictability of the finish lends his pots a highly individual and distinctive look.

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.

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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Charlotte Brontë 200 Celebrations

As part of the second That Beats Banagher Festival  an evening to celebrate Charlotte Bronte’s 200th birthday will be held on Thursday 21st April.

The evening commences at 7p.m. with ‘A Miscellany for Charlotte‘ in St. Paul’s Church. This will be a selection of readings, music and song related to the great novelist and her husband Arthur Bell Nicholls of Banagher.  Immediately afterwards ‘Charlotte’s Birthday Celebrations’, will be held on the grounds of Charlotte’s Way, (formerly Hill House).

Admission to this event is strictly limited and by ticket only. Tickets are free.
Bookings can be made online at HERE or by calling to the Offaly Local Development  Company offices upstairs in Crank House on Main Street.
For further information contact  Aileen at 087 943 0489  or Roisin at 087 812 4986.
An opportunity to make a donation supporting That Beats Banagher Festival will arise during the evening. The main festival will take place from Friday to Sunday,  13th – 15th May.
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