Category: Children & Families

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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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

Pop- Up Book Shop

A pop-up bookshop called MARTELLO TOWER BOOKSHOP will be open all day Saturday & Sunday, 9.30 to 5.30, opposite the Crank House, (the large pink Georgian house) on Lower Main Street, Banagher.
Most books on sale are from a private collection, some are new but all are competitively priced. Books relating to Irish  Literature, Art, Architecture & Heritage will make up the bulk of the stock.
Local history publications,  maps and collectibles will also be available.This event is part of the That Beats Banagher festival and is organised by Jas. Scully & Sons Co.Ltd.

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

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.

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.

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.