6:00 PM18:00

Sunday Night Traditional Music Session

The Celtic Fringe Festival are delighted to announce that the Benbulben Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann will be holding their monthly session in Moran's Bar on September 24th from 6-8pm.

Benbulben Comhaltas is Sligo’s newest Comhaltas group and musicians of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in.

The first half of the evening will feature tunes at a slower pace moving to the more advanced in the latter half of the evening.

Musicians, singers, dancers are all very welcome to join us as we bring the curtain down on this year's Celtic Fringe Festival and Spanish Armada Conference..

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1:30 PM13:30

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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1:00 PM13:00

Barbecue & Entertainment at Spanish Quarter

Stalls & market at the pop-up Spanish Quarter, located at Rosyhill, on Main Street in Grange from 1pm throughout Sunday afternoon.

1pm • De Cuéllar drama & parade arriving from Grange Church led by Galleon to Spanish Quarter

1pm-1:30pm • Kerrie Herrity & Friends traditional Irish music group

1:45pm-2:30pm • Sligo Latin Dance

2:30pm-4pm • Latin Soul sounds with DJ José Luis in the marquee lounge, playing Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Reggaeton

3pm-4pm • Kerrie Herrity traditional music workshop in Rooney's shop beside the Spanish Quarter - full details here

4pm-5pm • Sligo Latin Dance

4pm-6pm • Viewing of artefacts in Rooney's shop beside Spanish Quarter

5pm-6pm • Flamenco Sligo

20 stalls & traders from the Sligo Farmers Market will be involved. Food & sangría via pop-up restaurant by Langs. Armada themed face painting for the kids (and adults!). Great afternoon of FREE fun for all the family.

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3:00 PM15:00

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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2:30 PM14:30

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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9:30 AM09:30

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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8:00 PM20:00

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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