Loughrea Medieval Festival 2022 to take place this weekend

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Loughrea Medieval Festival 2022 will place this weekend from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 August with many interesting and entertaining events organised across the three days.

The events range from video shorts in Loughrea Library on Friday at 2pm, to a family fun filled day of arts, crafts, food and music in the Temperance Hall on Saturday from 1pm to 8pm.

Crafts will include basket making, spinning, strawcraft and beadmaking, while Custard Pie (Lambert Puppets) will have two puppet shows – one at 2pm and another at 4pm.

Returning to Loughrea Medieval Festival this year will be Loughrea Craft Club, the Flea Circus, cookery demonstration with Noel Loughnane and guests, Tralee Medieval Society.

There will be an official launch of the ‘Loughrea Heritage Trail Brochure and Loughrea Childrens’ Medieval Activity book at 2pm by Cllr Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher, Cathaoirleach of the County of Galway.

From 6pm to 8pm, ‘Eat, drink and be merry’ will allow people to try Irish and Hungarian foods and be entertained by Carmel Dempsey and guests.

Clonfert Diocesan Museum will be open to the public, free of charge from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday.

Music Generation have free children’s workshops – Music in Nature from 9.30am to 10.30am; a songwriting workshop from 10.30am to 11.30am; 10.30am to 12.30pm SENergy – a fun, engaging and varied musical session, tailored to the needs and interests of young people with special educational.

All of these events will take place in the Temperance Hall, Loughrea. Music Generation will also have an ‘Introduction to Junk Percussion’ from 1pm to 2pm in the Fairgreen, Loughrea where kids will make instruments from a number of household items.

Animated short films, Three Tales of Irish Walled Towns, will be shown in Loughrea Library on Saturday from 2pm to 3pm, with free admission.

These animations were a final year project for the BA Design Game and Animation students at the Centre for Creative Arts and Media, Atlantic Technological University (Galway City).

They tell the story of life in a fictional town of Ballynamauilinn through the eyes of the children who lived there. 

On Sunday, activities will move to the Loughrea Hotel and Spa, where there will be a free conference entitled ‘Discovering our Medieval Past’ which will begin at 9.30am.

For more events taking place over the weekend, visit https://heritage.galwaycommunityheritage.org/content/category/topics/loughrea-virtual-medieval-festival