Spanish Armada Festival
Remembering The Amanda
A unique festival to remember which retells the fascinating story of the ill-fated Spanish Armada voyage of 1588 through the medium of music, song, dance and much more.
On, Sunday, there will be afamily fun afternoon including a market bustling with food stalls, arts & craft stalls, and more, including face painting, bouncy castles and a live mic music marquee.
Other events include:
- Remembering the Armada Commemoration at Streedagh Beach
- Armada 8km Road Race
- Armada Lectures
- De Cuéllar Suite - Michael Rooney’s acclaimed musical composition based on the Spanish Armada
We are the Grange and Armada Development Association. In Grange you will find our Armada Centre. We offer tours, events and the popular Spanish Armada Festival in September. See our video of last years event here!
The people of Streedagh, Grange and North Sligo have, over the years, marked the story of this maritime disaster on our shoreline in many ways. The 400th Anniversary in 1988 saw the launch of the booklet still in use today “The Spanish Armada 1588- The Journey of Francisco De Cuellar- Sligo to the Causeway Coast”.
Grange and Armada Development Association organised a very successful series of events throughout that year including Music and Dance events, a pop up Museum, A Symposium, visits by Spanish Dignitaries and interests, Walks etc. Of particular importance was the development of The De Cuellar Trail through the North West to the Causeway Coast.
The re-constituted Grange and Armada Development Association along with the Celtic Fringe Festival have ambitious plans to develop a tourist offering based on the Armada and De Cuellar stories. We hope to enlist Spanish Associations and Interests in furthering these plans.
Learn about the events of 1588, walk the De Cuéllar Trail and see the wreck site at Streedagh Strand! Explore the famous letter of De Cuéllar and learn the story. Come and visit us to learn more and see how the 1588 Spanish Armada made influence on the 16th century Ireland!