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THANK YOU FROM REMEMBERING THE ARMADA

The Remembering the Armada Parade at Streedagh Beach - photo Charlie Brady

The Remembering the Armada Parade at Streedagh Beach - photo Charlie Brady

As the curtain is drawn on Remembering the Armada 2019, Chair of Spanish Armada Ireland Eddie O’Gorman has said that the festival “will go down as the most memorable of all, both for the local community and for our visitors.”

Remembering the Armada was attended by greater numbers of visitors than ever before, including many Spanish people, some of whom travelled from Spain to Grange just to experience a unique festival which commemorates the events of the Spanish Armada.

On September 21st 1588, 3 ships from the Spanish Armada, La Lavia, Santa María de Visón and La Juliana, were wrecked at Streedagh Beach in Sligo, with the loss of over 1,100 lives. Every year the people of Grange and Streedagh commemorate the tragedy through a weekend of cultural events.

Spanish Ambassador to ireland Mr. Indefonso Castro and Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Mr. Tom McSharry lay a wreath in memory of the Spanish Armada of 1588 - photo Charlie Brady

Spanish Ambassador to ireland Mr. Indefonso Castro and Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council Mr. Tom McSharry lay a wreath in memory of the Spanish Armada of 1588 - photo Charlie Brady

The new Spanish Ambassador to Ireland, Sñr Ildefonso Castro, who was attending his first Remembering the Armada, said that it would not be the last time he would attend, and he looks forward to returning again next year. Speaking at the Armada monument that overlooks Streedagh beach, he said: “Thank you for your enthusiasm, for your commitment and for your creativity. Every year the community of Grange does it’s best to make this event grow, and you always succeed. More and more people in Ireland and Spain know about the commemoration and come here to remember the Armada together. The Spanish Embassy will gladly and proudly continue to support your wonderful work.”

Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Mr. Tom McSharry, who also attended the weekend’s Remembering the Armada Parade, thanked the people of Grange for their ongoing work to build on the area’s strong Armada legacy, and he added: “It is the aim of Spanish Armada Ireland to build a full Interpretive Centre so that many more people can come to this part of the world, located along the fantastic Wild Atlantic Way, to find out more about our history, heritage and culture, and this incredible Spanish Armada story. Sligo County Council will support you in realizing this great ambition.”

A significant part of this year’s events was the presence of many more Spanish people than ever before. They came to the festival from Sligo, from elsewhere in Ireland, and indeed from Spain itself. It is estimated that of the hundreds who attended the Parade, a very significant amount, up to 50%, were Spanish.

The De Cuéllar Suite in Grange Church - photo Charlie Brady

The De Cuéllar Suite in Grange Church - photo Charlie Brady

Another important step was the presence of the Spanish Naval vessel ESPS Centinela, and the LÉ James Joyce for the weekend. While the Spanish Navy has attended Remembering the Armada for several years, this was the first time that ships from both naval services were present together, again underlining the growth and importance of this weekend for the naval services of both countries.

“This is a huge community event, which the people of Grange support in greater numbers every year,” said Eddie O’Gorman of the work that went on for months in planning and producing the events. “We had some superb innovations this year, like the acclaimed De Cuéllar Suite concerts and the Armada 8km run and walk. Every year we try to plan something new, and it’s wonderful to have such a positive response from the Spanish and Irish public.”

As a final word he added: “I know our hard working committee will now get a well deserved rest, but i want to point out that next year will be the 10th Remembering the Armada event, so I don’t want anyone resting for too long, and I look forward to getting everybody involved in planning even bigger and greater things for next year!”

Spanish Ambassador to Ireland Mr. Ildefonso Castro presents a sponsorship cheque to Eddie O’Gorman of Spanish Armada Ireland - photo Micheál Ó Domhnaill

Spanish Ambassador to Ireland Mr. Ildefonso Castro presents a sponsorship cheque to Eddie O’Gorman of Spanish Armada Ireland - photo Micheál Ó Domhnaill

The inaugural Armada 8km Run - photo Charlie Brady

The inaugural Armada 8km Run - photo Charlie Brady

Armada Sailors on the Beach - photo Charlie Brady

Armada Sailors on the Beach - photo Charlie Brady

Spanish Naval personnel on Streedagh Beach - photo Charlie Brady

Spanish Naval personnel on Streedagh Beach - photo Charlie Brady

Naval vessels in Sligo Bay - photo Charlie Brady

Naval vessels in Sligo Bay - photo Charlie Brady

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Tickets for the upcoming De Cuéllar Suite - Michael Rooney’s acclaimed musical composition based on the Spanish Armada events at Streedagh in 1588 are now on sale.

Book now by clicking on the link below.

This performance will feature superb musicians including Joss & Ted Kelly - members of the traditional supergroup Moxie, acclaimed violinist Niamh Crowley, and other wonderful musicians, singers and actors - all of whom will create an unforgettable experience. Michael Rooney himself will feature on harp, June McCormack on flute, Anna Houston on cello, Alex Kelly on concertina, Marie O’Byrne on fiddle - are also key members of this ensemble.

Not to be missed, get your tickets for the De Cuéllar Suite at a fantastic €15 (early bird price) plus €10 for children and concessions.

Remembering the Armada 2019 Programme Announced

Remembering the Armada - September 20-22 2019 at Streedagh & Grange, Co. Sligo

Remembering the Armada - September 20-22 2019 at Streedagh & Grange, Co. Sligo

An exciting and innovative programme for Remembering the Armada 2019 has just been announced. Featuring the wonderful De Cuéllar Suite - a composition written by Michael Rooney and featuring some of the region’s finest traditional and classical musicians - will be a main part of this year’s festival.

In addition, the Armada 8km race will follow the route taken by the Spanish captain Francisco de Cuéllar as he escaped from the Spanish Armada wrecks at Streedagh Beach in 1588.

Remembering the Armada will take place between 20-22 September 2019.

We will also have many of the usual favourites - Armada lectures, the Remembering the Armada parade, and more.

For full details on this year’s Remembering the Armada, click here.

 
 
 

Spanish Armada Visitor Centre

 
 
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Spanish Armada
Visitor centre

The Courthouse in Grange, Co. Sligo opens as the Spanish Armada Interpretive and Visitor Centre every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Summer. Find out about Sligo’s Spanish Armada past. It’s free!

The Courthouse, Grange, Sligo, Ireland
info@spanisharmadaireland.com

Opening HOURS

12-2pm Tuesday to Friday

12-4pm Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays

Outside these hours by appointment

Upcoming Events

The Spanish Armada Festival will be held
Fri 20th Sept - Sun 22nd Sept. 2019

Tickets now on sale

 
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