Remembering the Armada 19-22 September 2024

FULL EVENT PROGRAMME

Thursday 19th September

Armada to Slieve League
Boat Trip (inc. bus)

Date: Thursday 19th September 2024 Time: 10.30 – 18:00 Location: Killybegs

Join us as we visit Killybegs for the official opening of Remembering the Armada. Bus from Grange to Killybegs, followed by official welcome of Spanish Naval Vessel and Crew. A guided tour of the ship followed by a boat trip to the famous Slieve League cliffs, the highest sea cliffs in Europe, where we’ll have lunch on board (included in price). Also a book launch of a new Armada book by author Michael Barry.
Meeting point: Spanish Armada Visitor centre (formerly Old Courthouse), Grange, Co. Sligo (Eircode F91 HC60) from 9:30am for registration.

Note that this event is wheelchair accessible.

Tickets: €40 (inc. bus, boat trip & lunch) via Eventbrite

Armada to Slieve League
Boat Trip (exc. bus)

Date: Thursday 19th September 2024 Time: 12:00 – 16:30 Location: Killybegs

Join us as we visit Killybegs for the official opening of Remembering the Armada. Bus from Grange to Killybegs, followed by official welcome of Spanish Naval Vessel and Crew. A guided tour of the ship followed by a boat trip to the famous Slieve League cliffs, the highest sea cliffs in Europe, where we’ll have lunch on board (included in price). Also a book launch of a new Armada book by author Michael Barry.
Meeting point: Armada Memorial, St. Catherine’s Park, Killybegs, Co. Donegal.

Note that this event is wheelchair accessible.

Tickets: €30 (inc. boat trip & lunch, excludes bus) via Eventbrite

Friday 20th
September

Spanish Armada Conference

Date: Friday 20th September Time: 10:00 – 16:00 Location: Southern Hotel, Sligo

The National Monuments Service is hosting a one-day conference in the Sligo Southern Hotel F91 EW24 where experts from Ireland and Spain will discuss collaborations on our shared Spanish Armada heritage and links across the Atlantic over time. Topics covered will include Ireland’s new heritage legislation, ratification of the 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, collaborative publications between Ireland and Spain, and the history of the State’s involvement in the Streedagh Armada wrecks. More details to follow.

Tickets: FREE via Eventbrite (not yet available)

Sligo Town Guided Walk

Date: Friday 20th September 2024 Time: 17:00 Location: Sligo

Guided tour of Sligo Town. Walking tour of Sligo in the company of local walking guide, who will explain the town’s rich history and heritage in this gentle walk around the key areas of the centre of Sligo Town. Meeting point is outside Discover Ireland Centre, O’Connell Street, Sligo F91 VAK2.

Tickets: FREE – no pre-registration needed, walk ups welcome.

Tercio Irlanda

Date: Friday 20th September 2024 Time: 18:30 Location: Queen Maeve Square, Sligo

Tercio Irlanda re-enactment group describe and display 16th century life in Ireland at the time of the Spanish Armada. Discover what life was like for the native Irish when the Armada came ashore in 1588, including a display of weaponry, the food they ate and the habitations they lived in. This display will take place at Queen Maeve Square, Sligo’s town-centre pedestrianised riverside plaza.

Tickets: FREE – no pre-registration needed, walk ups welcome.

Armada ‘Tide and Ties’ Art Exhibition

Date: Friday 20th September 2024 Time: 19:00 – 21:00 Location: Hamilton Gallery, Sligo

The Hamilton Gallery, Sligo and Spanish Armada Ireland are hosting the first international Spanish Armada inspired visual art exhibition featuring artists from Spain, Norway, the UK and Ireland. Aideen Connolly, Medbh Gillard, Martina Hamilton, Lisa Gingles, Unni Mona Kristoffersen, Xavi Muñoz and Emma Stroude, along with poets Malcolm Hamilton, Winifred McNulty and Seamus Connolly, have been exchanging ideas and creating work reflecting the connections between their countries through the Armada narrative. The exhibition opens Saturday 7th September. Visit the exhibition and speak with the artists about the inspiration and their creative processes for the artwork on display.

Tickets: FREE – no pre-registration needed, walk ups welcome.

Saturday 21st September

Lough Gill Boat Trip

Date: Saturday 21st September 2024 Time: 10:00 Location: Sligo

Armada Boat Trip aboard the Rose of Innisfree. Taking this tour boat from Doorly Park in Sligo, we cross Lough Gill as far as Parke’s Castle, home of legendary Irish chieftain Brian O’Rourke, who took in Spaniards after the Armada ships were wrecked. Visit the castle and hear the history from expert guides. As we return to Sligo, we pass the Lake Isle of Innisfree, the subject of one of the most famous poems by Ireland’s National Poet William Butler (W.B.) Yeats, who had close associations with Sligo.

Tickets: €30 via Eventbrite (including castle entry).

Plein Air Art Event

Date: Saturday 21st September 2024 Time: 13:00 Location: Streedagh Beach

Plein Air art event. Local artists gather at Streedagh Beach to paint the seascape, inspired by memories of the Armada shipwrecks here on September 21st 1588. View the works as they progress and then we invite you to stay to take part in the Remembering the Armada commemoration.

Tickets: FREE – no pre-registration needed, walk ups welcome.

Tercio Irlanda

Date: Saturday 21st September 2024 Time: 14:00 Location: Streedagh Beach

Tercio Irlanda re-enactment group describe and display 16th century life in Ireland at the time of the Spanish Armada. Discover what life was like for the native Irish when the Armada came ashore in 1588, including a display of weaponry, the food they ate and the habitations they lived in. After the reenactment, we invite you to stay to take part in the Remembering the Armada commemoration.

 Tickets: FREE – no pre-registration needed, walk ups welcome.

Remembering the Armada

Date: Saturday 21st September 2024 Time: 15:00 Location: Streedagh Beach

Remembering the Armada. The annual commemoration of the Spanish Armada where three ships sank at Stredagh Beach on September 21st 1588, resulting in the loss of life of over 1,100 Spaniards. Walk with us from Streedagh Beach to the Armada Monument (approx. 1km) where a new monument in memory of the Armada will be unveiled by representatives of the modern Spanish Naval Service.

Tickets: FREE – no pre-registration needed, walk ups welcome.

Food Festival

Date: Saturday 21st September 2024 Time: 18:00 Location: Queen Maeve Square, Sligo

Taste of Sligo Food Festival. Enjoy great food al fresco with a Spanish theme at Queen Maeve Square in the centre of Sligo. 

Tickets: None – pay as you go.

Spanish Guitar Recital

Date: Saturday 21st September 2024 Time: 20:00

Music recital hosted by Spanish guitarist Juan José Manzano at the Yeats Memorial Building, Sligo F91 DVY4. Hosted by the Spanish Embassy in Ireland, with support from the Sligo Spanish Society.

Tickets: €15 via Eventbrite.

Sunday 22nd September

Armada 8km Run & Walk

Date: Sunday 22nd September 2024 Time: 10:00 Location: Streedagh Beach

Armada 8km run and walk. Starting at Streedagh Beach, this fun run and walk will bring you on a tour of some of the locations associated with Captain de Cuéllar’s letter of survival of the Armada wrecks at Streedagh in 1588. Starting at Streedagh Beach, you’ll pass the Armada monument that overlooks the beach before heading towards Staad Abbey. A scenic route on the very edge of the Wild Atlantic Way. Prizes in various categories.

Tickets: €12 via Eventbrite.

Climate Change Event

Date: Sunday 22nd September 2024 Time: 11:00-13:00 Location: Streedagh Beach

Climate Change is a key concern for us all, but it is particularly visible at Streedagh, a Special Area of Conservation and where the dynamic nature of the weather sees changes happening annually. Come find out more about these changes from our information points at Streedagh Beach.

Also features a display by Tercio Irlanda on 16th century dress, habitations, weaponry and culture.

Tickets: FREE – no pre-registration needed, walk ups welcome.

Creative Writing Workshop

Date: Sunday 22nd September 2024  Time: 12:00

A writer’s workshop with a special Armada theme. Discuss how best to write and structure your Armada-related writing in the company of experts at the Spanish Armada Visitor Centre (formerly Old Courthouse) as this two-hour workshop brings the annual commemoration to a close.

Tickets: €15 via Eventbrite