The ties between Sligo’s Spanish Armada tradition and the Spanish Government were further underlined on Friday last at a ceremony at the Spanish Embassy in Dublin. Eddie O’Gorman, Chair of Spanish Armada Ireland was awarded the Cross of Naval Merit, a significant award that further underpins the work that Eddie and his team have done to promote the county’s rich Armada heritage.

Presented by His Excellency Ión de la Riva, Spanish Ambassador to Ireland, and in the presence of Spanish Naval Attaché José Nieto Fernández, the award was presented to Eddie O’Gorman “for his exceptional leadership and dedication in maintaining the memory of the Armada in Ireland, especially of those soldiers and sailors who lost their lives in September 1588 at Streedagh Beach (County Sligo), in the shipwreck of La Lavia, La Juliana and Santa María de Visón, three ships of the Royal Armada.”

For the ceremony, Eddie was accompanied by his wife Mary, and he said that “I am honoured to collect this award on behalf of all of the people of Sligo who work tirelessly to remember and promote our Spanish Armada heritage. We look very much forward to renewing acquaintances with all of our Spanish friends and colleagues when our annual commemorative festival takes place in Sligo in September.”

Remembering the Armada takes place in Sligo, Streedagh and Grange on 20-22 September next. For details visit