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The Spanish Armada and its close ties to Sligo will be remembered once again this September 21st-23rd with an annual series of commemorative events including music, drama, lectures, tours and other events, all with an Armada theme and which focus on the incredible ties Sligo has with the Armada story.

In September 1588, three great ships of the Spanish Armada were wrecked at Streedagh Beach near Grange in County Sligo, with the loss of over 1,000 Spanish lives. One of the very few survivors, Captain Francisco de Cuéllar, described in detail his escape in a letter written to the Spanish military authorities.

Centuries later, the people of Sligo pay tribute to the Spanish Armada dead with an annual series of events which highlight a momentous chapter in Irish and Spanish history and which serve to underline the close ties which bind both countries.

Previously known as the Celtic Fringe Festival, this year the commemorations have been rebranded as ‘Remembering the Armada’, underpinning the many diverse strands that make up this unique festival.

Highlights include ‘Cannon in Sea‘ a specially commissioned performance which will take place at the old Coastguard Station which overlooks Streedagh Beach itself. Another will feature a twilight candlelit parade from the wreck site to the Armada monument, which will involve members of both the Spanish and Irish navy, and which will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony.

And you can take in the De Cuéllar Trail, following in the footsteps of the Armada sailors themselves. You can also find out the many stories that continue to fascinate historians in a series of lectures which will take place at the recently refurbished Spanish Armada Interpretive & Visitor Centre in Grange.

Here’s the video of last year’s Remembering the Armada commemoration.

For details on the full programme of weekend events, visit and online booking is advisable in advance. You will also find information on where to stay and what else you can do in one of Ireland’s most scenic locations, as we Remember the Armada of 1588.