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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.

That was the festival that was…2018

Our closing press release for 2018 by James Scully:

BANAGHER FESTIVAL A HUGE SUCCESS

The Fifth That Beats Banagher Festival held recently, was by all accounts an enormous success. All through the weekend, the town was thronged with visitors and locals alike and all the events enjoyed unprecedented attendances as people took advantage of the really fine weather. Among the highlights of the festival a great fireworks display on the Shannon Bank on the Saturday evening which drew a record crowd.

Other successful events included a creative heritage walk from Johnny Hough’s iconic pub to the Martello Tower just west of Banagher Bridge. The walk involved a cast of twenty-five persons who performed as characters from Banagher’s Historic Past. William Mackenzie, the contractor for Banagher Bridge (1841-43) and James Collier Harter, the philanthropic landlord for Esker returned to grace the West End of the town with their considerable presences. Other remarkable personae to appear were the members of the Banagher Masonic Lodge, No. 306, who were attending a meeting which reconstituted the lodge in January 1821 and also Lieut. Colonel Benjamin Fisher, the engineer for Banagher’s Napoleonic Fortifications, who on Christmas Eve 1805 was busy finalising a report on the mid-Shannon defences against a strongly anticipated French invasion ; the Banagher train driver, Billy Phelan and his wife Gerty, the celebrated midwife of the town and members of the Donohue family who managed the Banagher Railway Station for decades also arrived on time. A large folder of archival material on the Clara to Banagher Railway was displayed at the Railway Bar and is available there on request for public perusal. Living legends Bobby Ryland and Thomas Nallen recalled the exploits of the 1953-54 Banagher Billiards team who won the Western League defeating the might of all the large towns in County Galway.

A crowd well in excess of one hundred ambled along to quiet corners and back alleys of the lower end of the town and thoroughly enjoyed the dramatic performances of the large cast. Many thanks to all who kindly allowed access to their private homes and gardens. For many of the participants, the highlight of the walk was gaining access to the Fanesker Martello Tower on the Galway side of the bridge with the kind permission of Wolfgang and Ursula Fisher, a genial Swiss couple who have resided in Banagher for a few years.

Other festival events included afternoon tea in Charlotte’s Way Guest House, (the home for forty-five years of Arthur Bell Nicholl, widower of Charlotte Brontë), willow-weaving and coppersmith demonstrations, stand-up paddle boarding and wakeboarding, art exhibition, food and craft market, foraging workshop and a host of other activities. The That Beats Banagher Festival is now truly well established and next year’s festivities are eagerly awaited. Well done to all concerned. Beannchar abú.

Pitch n Putt lessons

How about learning some new techniques or honing old ones in a fun atmosphere at our pitch and putt workshops with a qualified instructor.Booking essential. €5.00 For ages 8 – 15. There are two sessions two choose from. See below:

10:30AM


11:30AM


 

Shannonside Sub Aqua

We have lots of water activities taking place during the festival and water safety is paramount. This year Banagher Festival group are being supported by a privately operated team of professional water safety divers on a voluntary capacity. The group will be active during the water activities on both days and will also have a presence during the Fireworks display. We would like to thank the “Offaly search and recovery unit” of shannonside subaqua club Banagher especially to Eddie and his team for this support.

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An evening in Banagher to celebrate Anthony Trollope

ANTHONY TROLLOPE  IN  BANAGHER

An evening  to celebrate the life and times of the great  writer Anthony Trollope (1815 – 1882)  will be held in Crank House on Thursday the 11th June at 8 p.m. Following a short presentation on Trollope’s life, particularly his years spent in Banagher, a preview of the forthcoming  Anthony Trollope  Festival in Banagher will be made.

This event will be held from the 9th to the 12th July and is part of a series of events commemorating the bicentenary of the author’s birth. Refreshments  will be served and everybody is welcome. The festival is hosted  by Banagher Development Group, and supported by Offaly Local Development Company, Offaly County Council and Fáilte Ireland.

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