Celtic Fringe Festival 2016 Programme

Further details on all events to follow


Date Time Event Venue Details



22nd Of Sept

10.30 am - 12.30 pm Walk Streedagh

Join Eddie O’Gorman on a walk from Streedagh Beach to Stáid on the first part of the revived De Cuellar Trail.

The 1588 Armada discussed, the landscape explored, the letter explained.

Free Event: Donations to Armada Interpretive & Visitor Centre welcomed.

Booking for walks essential @ 086 0802623 

Sponsor: Eithna's by The Sea, Mullaghmore  

2.30 - 6.00 pm

The De Cuellar Trek

Walk, Talk, and Bus Tour

Streedagh Strand

The historical background and landscape of 16th Century Ireland explained while tracing the De Cuellar escape route through the scenic Dartry countryside. Stops include Streedagh, Stáid, Glencar, O’Rourke’s Castletown, Glenade, McClancy’s Rossclogher.

Booking by phone (086 0802623) or on line essential as places are limited. Itinerary details and advice on web site.

€25 (includes Bus)

Sponsor: Mullaney's Super Valu 

8.00 - 11.00 pm Festival Club Lang's Bar & Restaurant, Grange

The best of Irish Traditional music in the historic and atmospheric front bar of Lang's with Kerrie and Friends.

Sponsor: Lang's Bar and Resturant   

Friday 23rd of Sept 10.00 am - 3.00 pm Armada Elektrek Picnic Streedagh

Guided Electric Bike Tour & Picnic hosted by Wild Atlantic Ways.

€35 (including electric bike hire, helmets, locks, panniers & picnic).

Contact Jarlath at 085 8888 181 or book online at www.wildatlanticways.ie

On this first Celtic Fringe Festival electric bike tour, you will travel
to Glencar Lake and Waterfall, through some of Yeats Country’s
most beautiful locations including Streedagh Beach, Lissadell, and
Benbulben to name but a few.

6.00 - 8.00 pm Drama at Streedagh Streedagh

Armada Players present an open-air performance of: Captain Francisco De Cuellar, Lost and Found!

Free Event: Donations to Armada Interpretive & Visitor Centre welcomed.

Sponsor: Irish Seaweed Kitchen


The thrilling story of the most famous Armada survivor and his life and adventures among the natives of the Sixteenth Century North West. Set in the iconic landscape of Streedagh Beach and in the shadow of Benbulben, the play unfolds in six scenes as the audience follows in the footsteps of the tenacious adventurer from Streedagh Beach to the Armada monument and finishing at the courtyard of the former Coastguards’ Station at Streedagh. 
8.00 - 10.00pm An evening with Classical
Guitarist Keith O’Donnell
Coastguards’ Station at Streedagh

Free Event: Donations to Armada Interpretive & Visitor Centre welcomed.

Whilst you relax with friends within the unique 250 year old setting of the courtyard of the former Coastguards’ Station at Streedagh, enjoy a performance of specially selected classical guitar recitals by Keith O Donnell, multiple award winning
guitarist and Sligo native. Barbecue and refreshments will be available. 

Sponsor:Londis/Topaz, Grange         

10.30 pm Festival Club Lang's Bar & Restaurant, Grange

Special gathering of Grange’s celebrated fireside sessions.

Free event

Saturday 24th of Sept 9.30 am - 1.00 pm Lecture Series: The Armada Trail on the Wild Atlantic Way Glasshouse, Sligo

WAW Conference: Armada Trail on the Wild Atlantic Way

A series of informed talks and presentations that will look to explore Armada sites, stories, folklore, and influences on our landscape and people that range from the Atlantic coast of Kerry through Clare, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal and onwards to the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland. Talks by eminent Armada experts: Fionnbarr Moore, Dr Connie KelleherKarl Brady, Dr Bob CurranDr John Tracey, Mícheál de Mórdha and Dr Declan M. Downey.

€15 on the door or secure your seat by booking online

2.00 - 5.00 pm
6.00 - 9.00 pm Gala Reception  City Hall, Sligo

Hosted by Sligo Mayor Marie Casserly.
Guests of Honour: Deputy Head of Mission Mr Rafael Soriano, Spanish Embassy to Ireland; Vice Admiral Fernando Zumalacárregui, Director of Naval History and Culture and Director of the Naval Museum; Lieutenant Commander Miguel Adolfo Romero Contreras and Officers of OPV Centinela, Spanish Navy (Armada).

Due to the limited number of guests that can be accommodated at Sligo Town Hall attendance at this event is by written invitation only.

Spanish themed local artisan food supplied by the following specialist producers and culinary experts from the Sligo Food Trail: Eala Bhan, Eithna’s by the Sea, Irish Seaweed Kitchen, Lyons Cafe, Mullaghmore Sea Farm, My Strandhill Bakery, Neantog Kitchen Garden School, Osta Cafe and Wine Bar, Tatie Hoaker Organic Farm.

Sponsor: Sligo County Council

9.00 - 11.00 pm  Festival Club  Glasshouse, Sligo

Seisiún Mór with the Fred Finn Comhaltas group providing a
show of the best in traditional music, song and dance.

Free Event

Sponsor: Glasshouse Hotel 

Sunday 25th of Sept 10.00 am - 4.00 pm Remembering the Armada


The Spanish Navy (Armada) vessel OPV Centinela will lead out a Parade of Sail at Streedagh Beach, Sligo to remember the 1,100 souls who perished on that beach in 1588. Centinela will be accompanied by a flotilla of local boats.

10 am -11 am Walk from Grange Village to Streedagh Beach via
Rinroe (optional)
11 am - Ceremony of wreath laying at Armada monument
11.30 am - Parade to shore led by Cos Cos Pageantry
12.00 noon – Parade of Sail at Streedagh Beach / Wreath laying
on wreck site.
1 pm - Last boat departs Streedagh for Mullaghmore
2 pm - Small craft briefing at Mullaghmore Sailing Club
3 pm – 4 pm - Armada Crescent Formation at Mullaghmore

Open Air Recital by Army Band 2 Brigade at Mullaghmore. Maritime events will run subject to weather conditions, please check website for update.

Sponsors: SF Engineering/Pier Head Hotel 

1.00 - 5.00 pm Food stalls and music  Mullaghmore

Mullaghmore will be lined with activities and entertainment for all ages from 1pm onwards, while there will also be a large variety of food stalls that will convey the best local produce that Sligo has to offer.

Army Band 2 Brigade from Custume Barracks Athlone will perform a programme of specially selected pieces to honour the presence of their comrades from the Spanish Naval Forces.

Sponsor: Sligo Farmers Market

5.00 - 7.00 pm Festival Club Moran's Bar, Grange

Benbulben Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann is the newest Comhaltas branch in North Sligo. A beautiful evening of traditional music, song, story and craic! All are welcome to join in with a song, poem, story or recitation or just bring a instrument and join in.

Free event: Donations to Armada Interpretive & Visitor Centre welcomed.

Sponsor: Moran’s Public House

Download the 2016 programme here

This programme may be subject to change or additional information. Please check our Facebook or Twitter feeds for updates.

For booking please contact:

Eddie on 0860802623 or edogorman1@gmail.com

Tom on 0868153097 or tom.hayes21@gmail.com 

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