8:00pm 8:00pm

Launch of Heritage Booklet

The Heritage Booklet relating to the Spanish Armada ships at Streedagh has recently been published, and will be launched as part of this year's Spanish Armada International Conference.

Commissioned by the National Monuments Service in partnership with Sligo County Council, this Heritage Booklet (Archaeology Ireland's guide number 79) explains the significance of the Streedagh wreck site, where three Spanish Armada galleons - The Santa María de Visón, The Lavia and The Juliana, sank during Winter storms in 1588.

The booklet will be launched by Michael McDonagh, recently appointed Chief Archaeologist, National Monuments Service, and also by Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Séamus Kilgannon.

The Heritage Booklet will be launched at 8pm during the welcome reception just before the keynote address and copies will be made available to the public at the event, and also at the headquarters of Sligo County Council at Riverside, Sligo.

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9:30am 9:30am

Guided hike of Benbulben

A guided walking hike to the top of Benbulben, Sligo's iconic table mountain. Join our guide from High Hopes Hiking for a unique experience, taking in views of Streedagh beach, Mullaghmore and (on clear days) with views as far away as Donegal, Leitrim and Mayo.

This walk will take up to 5 hours, and details regarding suitable walking gear and other information is available on the High Hopes Walking website.

Register at - early registration is advised as places are strictly limited.

COST: €20

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2:30pm 2:30pm

Bus Tour of De Cúellar Route through Dartry Mountains

Starting from the car park at Streedagh Beach and taking in the main locations mentioned by Captain Francisco de Cuéllar of the Spanish Armada in his memoir.

Follow in the footsteps of de Cuéllar as he makes his way from the ship wrecks at Streedagh, through Counties Sligo and Leitrim including stop-offs at magical locations like Staid Abbey, Glencar, O'Rourke's Castletown, the blacksmith's forge, Kinlough & McClancy's Rossclogher,

Your local Armada expert and GADA Chairperson Eddie O'Gorman will be your guide for the event.

Duration: 3.5 hours
COST: €40

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3:00pm 3:00pm

De Cúellar Trail - Guided Walk to Staid Abbey

Guided Walk from Streedagh Beach to Staid Abbey, one of the central locations described by Spanish Armada survivor Captain Francisco de Cúellar in his Adventures in Connaught memoir.

Streedagh locals Dr. Prannie Rhatigan, Councillor Marie Casserly and Declan Bruen lead this picturesque coast walk from Streedagh to Staid.

An area with a rich past, expect to be entertained by lore and legend, fact and fiction on this Saturday afternoon walk.

Comfortable walking shoes, layers of warm clothing, rain gear and sunscreen advised. 

Distance: approx 3 miles- Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness

Cost: free event - donations to GADA welcomed

 Start time- 3pm- Finish time 5.30pm



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7:30pm 7:30pm

Gala Reception, Dinner & Entertainment.Cost €60

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4 course Spanish Armada Conference Gala Dinner and drinks reception at Clayton Hotel
Musical interludes by Sligo based renowned musicians Michael Rooney and June McCormack


  • Starters (choice of 1)

Piri Piri Chicken Caesar Salad with Bacon Lardons, Croutons, Parmesan Shavings & Caesar Dressing / Baby Leaf Salad, Pickled Cucumber, Raisin & Caper Vinaigrette with a Parmesan Crostini / Baked Portobello Mushroom with Chorizo, Sun dried Tomatoes & Goats Cheese on Toasted Brioche, with Baby Spinach Puree / Fresh Tarragon Marinated Chicken with Chestnut Mushrooms in a Creamy White Wine Sauce, encased in a Light Puff Pastry with Micro Herbs and Roast Red Pepper / Oat Crusted Clonakilty Black Pudding with Red Onion Marmalade, Glazed Apple, Mixed Leaf Salad and Rosemary Jus

  • Soup Course (choice of 1)

Coconut Spiced Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup  

Marinated Tomato & Roast Red Pepper Soup with Basil Oil

Hearty Root Vegetable Soup with Honey & Chervil

Creamy Potato & Leek Soup, Crispy Smoked Bacon

Cream of Carrot & Coriander Soup

  • Main Course (choice of 1)

Slow Cooked 8oz Beef Rump Steak with Mixed Herb Roasted Potato, Smoked Bacon Stuffed Yorkshire Pudding, Rosemary Jus

Roast Breast of Chicken wrapped with Prosciutto and served with Wild Mushroom & Sausage Stuffing and a Tarragon Gravy

Traditional Turkey & Honey Baked Ham with Roast Garlic & Sage Stuffing, with a Cranberry Tartlet and Red Currant Jus

Pan Seared Fillet of Sea Bass on a Warm Salad of Crispy Potatoes, Chorizo, Fine Green Beans, Sun dried Tomatoes and Black Olive

Spinach & Ricotta Tortellini with Oven Roasted Vegetables, Sun dried Tomatoes, Olives and a Tomato & Basil Sauce

(All served with a selection of Vegetables and Creamy Mash)

  • Dessert (choose 1)

Meringue Nest filled with Fresh Fruit & Cream

Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake with a Toffee Caramel Sauce

Warm Apple Pie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Dark Chocolate covered Profiteroles filled with Vanilla Cream and Chocolate Sauce

Rhubarb Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Warm Chocolate Fudge Brownie with Cream & Raspberry Coulis

or select 3 of the above for your assiette plate



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Barbecue & Entertainment at Spanish Quarter

Stalls & market at the pop-up Spanish Quarter, located along the main street in Grange from 12pm throughout Sunday afternoon.

Barbecue & sangría provided by Lang's Bar & Restaurant in Grange.

A number of FREE events are included:
De Cuéllar Drama
Salsa Dance Tuition
Traditional Musical Instruments Workshop with Kerrie Herrity
Acoustic Music by local artists

Come along and bring the family for what should be a great afternoon of fun and food.

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1:30pm 1:30pm

Remembering the Armada - Beach Event

FREE EVENT: Beach Commemoration

An annual commemorative event taking place at the Armada Monument and on Streedagh Beach remembering the fallen of the Spanish Armada 1588. The wrecks of 3 Spanish Armada ships, La Juliana, Santa María de Visón and La Lavia lie under the sands at Streedagh.

Starting with a visit to Streedagh Strand wreck site, preceded by a parade from the Armada monument, and including a wreath laying event. Crosses of the Fallen, a commemoration at Streedagh Strand. Stones & Sand, a children's competition, Naval salute & ceremony at sea by Spanish Navy OPV Arnomendi.

Schedule of Events:
13:30-14:30 Walk from Grange to Armada Monument
14:30-14:45 Ceremony & wreath laying at Armada monument
14:45-15:15Parade & pageantry to shore
15:15-16:00Sand & Stones - children's beach event
15:15-16:00Sail by and salute by OPV Arnomendi

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