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Follow the Footsteps of the Spanish Armada in Donegal

4th – 5th August 2018, Ardara

The Ardara GAP Heritage and History Group have two exciting upcoming events to commemorate the 430th anniversary of the Spanish Armada in Donegal.

The first event is planned for the Bank Holiday weekend in August: 4th and 5th August.

The group is organising a 16th century style re-enactment walk from Kiltoorish, Rosbeg to Killybegs. A group of historic re-enactors will demonstrate typical 16th century costume, weaponry and armour as part of the weekend. We will be following the route of the survivors of the Duquesa Santa Ana under the command of Don Alonzo de Leyva, second-in-command of the Armada and commander of the shipwrecked La Rata Santa Maria Encoronada until he commandeered the Duquesa Santa Ana in Blacksod Bay, Mayo. They will be presenting the Duquesa Santa Ana and the Girona stories, exploring the social, human, military and maritime history of the late 16th century and the fate of 26 Spanish Armada ships wrecked off the Atlantic coast of Ireland between September and October 1588.

These commemorative events are of national and international importance. They also take place during the European Year of Cultural Heritage. As the Armada was made up of many European and non-European nationalities, this year will have far-reaching connections across the Iberian Peninsula and the former Spanish colonies. Over the last number of years, there has been an increased interest and recognition in this 16th century political and maritime event. Recent discoveries at Streedagh, Co. Sligo and the ongoing underwater investigations organised by GADA, will add to our knowledge of the armada.

This is a family friendly event and all are welcome.

The second event is the annual Warp & Weft of Heritage weekend taking place mid-October (Friday the 12th to Sunday the 14th). There will be a series of lectures, events and fieldtrips all focused around the themes of the Armada history, archaeology, heritage, folklore and 16th century Hiberno-Spanish links.

The group will be issuing a call for speakers and contributors for the events shortly. If you can support them in any way they would be delighted if you could contact the Ardara GAP Heritage and History Group at: ardaraheritagehistory@gmail.com or www.donegalgapheritage.ie

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