Category: Festival

Galway Community Circus Workshops 2019

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Learn to juggle with balls, dance with a hula hoop, balance flower sticks and manipulate clubs. Three workshops:
** Tight-wire / balance workshop
** Juggling and manipulation workshop (balls, rings,…)
** Pick n Mix – Try a selection of circus skills (diabolo, plate balancing, flower stick)
1:00pm to 2:00pm
2:00pm to 3:00pm
3:00pm to 4:00pm
€5 per person. For all ages. On Shannon Bank

This event is sponsored by Banagher Precast Concrete

That Beats Banagher Festival 2019 Launch

THAT BEATS BANAGHER FESTIVAL takes place on
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of July. It is an annual
festival focused around the River Shannon and the rich
history of the town of Banagher. Each year the festival
includes events of historical and cultural significance,
workshops and demonstrations, and leisure events on
the Shannon.
This year activities include a local food and craft market,
the reopening of the popular Martello Tower Bookshop,
afternoon tea, sporting events, and an eclectic range of
workshops and courses including a stilt walking workshop,
childrens and teenagers illustration workshops, pottery
workshops and CPR training.
Following an evening of live music alongside the river,
Saturday evening concludes with a fireworks display.
Sunday is packed with events on the Shannon, including
Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Zorbing, and Open Canadian
Canoeing. The big highlight though is the Galway
Community Circus on Sunday, with workshops for all
ages and if you’re lucky you may glimpse ‘Monsieur Les
Pompadu’ around the town. You can’t miss him though,
he’s very very very tall and will be giving some kids stilt
walking workshops on Sunday morning!
Come along and enjoy a fun weekend on the Shannon.
Please note that some events require advance booking.
Further details can be found on our website
thatbeatsbanagher.com.

That Beats Banagher Festival 2019 Teaser

THAT BEATS BANAGHER FESTIVAL takes place on
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of July. It is an annual
festival focused around the River Shannon and the rich
history of the town of Banagher. Each year the festival
includes events of historical and cultural significance,
workshops and demonstrations, and leisure events on
the Shannon.
This year activities include a local food and craft market,
the reopening of the popular Martello Tower Bookshop,
afternoon tea, sporting events, and an eclectic range of
workshops and courses including a stilt walking workshop,
childrens and teenagers illustration workshops, pottery
workshops and CPR training.
Following an evening of live music alongside the river,
Saturday evening concludes with a fireworks display.
Sunday is packed with events on the Shannon, including
Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Zorbing, and Open Canadian
Canoeing. The big highlight though is the Galway
Community Circus on Sunday, with workshops for all
ages and if you’re lucky you may glimpse ‘Monsieur Les
Pompadu’ around the town. You can’t miss him though,
he’s very very very tall and will be giving some kids stilt
walking workshops on Sunday morning!
Come along and enjoy a fun weekend on the Shannon.
Please note that some events require advance booking.
Further details can be found on our website
thatbeatsbanagher.com.

Introduction to Open Canadian Canoeing

The Shannon is such a luxury to have available to us in Banagher that we try to have as many activities as possible on or near the water.

This year Shannon Adventure Canoeing are holding an introduction to Open Canadian Canoeing.

This is a great opportunity to not only learn a new skill but also perhaps discover something that you might enjoy and like to do more of.

After this course, there’s so much more you can do. If you like you can do some of the follow-up courses at Shannon Adventure Canoeing, and after that, you’ll be eligible to take part in organized canoe trails on the River Shannon, River Suck, River Brosna and River Barrow.

Book right now and see where this adventure takes you! Don’t forget we were the ones that told you to start though!

Participants MUST be able to swim.

 


 

 

Wild Food Mary at That Beats Banagher Festival 2018

They all say it “We’ve got something for everyone”, but do they though, do they really? Well, we do!

In case you’re doubting our claim, check out one of the coolest additions to our 2018 Festival schedule. Mary Bulfin AKA Wild Food Mary has a background in science, food and natural medicine but her speciality is wild food.  She holds foraging workshops, guided school forages and nature walks throughout Ireland.  She also hosts individuals and small groups at her venue for fully immersive experiences over two days with accommodation included.

This year she will be taking small groups on foraging trips as part of the That Beats Banagher festival. This is a great opportunity to get a better understanding of what’s naturally available all around us and to see what we can do with it, all while on an enjoyable trek through nature.

Make sure to sign up as places are limited.

 

This workshop will include:

  • A guided foraging walk at an easily accessible site.
  • See and discus at least 20 different plants, flowers and fungi. Learn of their heritage, folklore and herbal uses.
  • Demonstration on making something simple from wild finds (syrup or pesto).
  • Tastings and recipe swop.

Meeting point is at Shannon Bank Park


That Beats Banagher – What does it mean?

If you announce a connection with the town of Banagher almost anywhere English speaking in the world, you’ll be likely to get the response “Well, that Beats Banagher”.

It’s history is a strange one. The phrase in it’s best known form is “That beats Banagher” but that’s not it’s only form. Some say “Well, that beats Banagher”. Then others claim that the complete phrase is “That beats Banagher, and Banagher beats the band”, while others claim it to be “That beats Banagher and Banagher beats the devil”. Another variation is “and Banagher beats the world”. Then there are some that say “That bangs Banagher.

It’s not even universally agreed that the phrase pertains to Banagher in Co. Offaly. This Irish Times article from 2001, claims the phrase to be from a town in Co. Derry and references the use of sand from a grave to “beat the devil”. Ironically, this Irish Times article from 2016 seems to link the phrase to Banagher in Co. Offaly and even credits the That Beats Banagher festival with prolonging the life of the phrase. That article though uses the “and beats the band variation”.

The Wikipedia entry on Banagher posits various explanations for the phrase including that it may refer to a wandering minstrel named Bannagher. A number of writers, even one of Banagher’s most famous literary residents (Yes Banagher has more than one) Anthony Trollope mentioned it in his writings. Also it apparently was used in the House of Lords in response to a particularly difficult to win borough. It’s unclear what Banagher this borough is referencing though. Eric Partridge’s “Dictionary of Catch Phrases” dates the phrase to before 1850.

How long will it be before people write that the phrase comes from the events of a lively festival in a town in the Irish midlands?

Come along to the festival and be a part of future history!