Local Festivals

Heritage Festival 2018

Programme for Jamestown Heritage Festival 2018


Friday 25 May


9.00pm                  Boat arrivals and welcome evening of finger food and music in Arch Bar, Jamestown

10.45pm                Firework display in pump field
Saturday 26 May


10.00am                Prop and Shaft check by Leitrim Sub Aqua club at Jamestown Quay
Display of latest Civil Defence underwater search equipment at Jamestown Quay

11.30am                Talk by Alf Monaghan on “Doon to Diesel, a review of the importance of Drumsna and Jamestown inTransport History” in Jamestown Community Centre

1.30pm                  Cookery Demonstration by Sham Hanifa of The Cottage Restaurant and other local chefs at Marquee at Jamestown Quay

3.00pm                  Air/sea rescue display and landing Jamestown

4.15pm                  Short concert by “The Beached Whales Choir” from Denmark and our own Millennium Choir at Jamestown Quay

7.00pm                  Special heritage festival church service in Jamestown Church


8.30pm                  Welcoming BBQ and reception hosted by local community, followed by music with the Nolan Brothers and friends at Jamestown Quay
Sunday 27 May


10.00am                 Engine maintenance workshop at Jamestown Quay


11.00am                 Children’s swim in Aura Leisure Centre


12.00pm                 Talk by Brian Goggin on “Royal Canal Boat Sinking Tragedy in 1845“, Jamestown Community Centre


2.00pm                   Picnic at Jamestown Quay with classical guitar by John Crowe. Bring your own picnic or enjoy food prepared at the Quay by “The Cottage and Oarsman Restaurants” and lovely cakes and sweet things by “Bits & Bytes Cake Co”


6.00pm                   Stroll over to Drumsna and enjoy an evening of dancing at the crossroads and more at Quay Street



Monday 28 May


10.00am                 Trip by bus to Arigna Mining Experience


9.00pm                   Table quiz, Mulvey’s Arch Bar, Jamestown



Tuesday 29 May


11.00am                 Visit to Leitrim Flowers, Kilnagross. Guided tour and talk on “Creating your own wild flower garden” by Kealin Ireland


8.30pm                   Talk by Alf Monaghan on “Monastic Ireland – A gift From the Nile!” in Jamestown Church

Also display by Carrick Historical Society



Wednesday 30 May


11.00am                  Talk on “Upper Shannon fishing techniques, best bait and equipment“, by Terry Mann at Shannon Tackle,                                            Jamestown

12.30pm                   Walking Tour of Jamestown with local historian Mary Butler


8.30pm                    Walk over to Drumsna to enjoy the entertainment in their 3 wonderful bars

8.30pm                    Talk by Gerry Gavin on “Barging and Boating on the Continent” in Duignans Bar, Drumsna



Thursday 31 May


11.00am                   Visit to Drumsna Garden Centre, followed by a talk on “Creating the perfect maintenance free hanging baskets” by Geraldine Monaghan


8.30pm                     Bingo at Drumsna Community Centre

8.30pm                     Talk on Hotelboat “Lovely Leitrim” with Bibi Baskin at Jamestown Quay



Friday 1 June


12.00pm                    Golf at Carrick on Shannon Golf Club


9.00pm                      Concert in Jamestown Church with Leitrim Male Choir and special guests, featuring many barge and boating songs



Saturday 2 June


10.00am                    CPR talks and demo by Phelim Nevin at Jamestown Quay

12.30pm                    Talk on “The Shannon’s Hidden Locations & Gems” by author Donal Boland in Drumsna Community Centre


2.30pm – 6.30pm       Heritage afternoon in Drumsna with street entertainment, stalls, guided walks, traditional method demonstrations and much more. Street circus with “Monsieur Gusto”


8.30pm                       Back to Jamestown Quay for “The Boaters host an evening with a visit from Harvey the Wallbanger” and entertainment by “The River Shannon Big Band”.


 Launch of the Heritage Boat Association book “Cool Metal Clear Water”

After Dark                   Boat lighting competition sponsored by King & Moffat


Sunday 3 June


        Morning                    Prepare for departure of barges and boats to Carrick on Shannon


Afternoon                 Parade of barges and boats in full colours through Carrick as part of The Carrick Carnival


        Evening                    Anchor out in Murray’s Bay across from Landmark Hotel for evening, creating a major spectacle and great photo opportunity. This is then followed by the huge Carrick firework display with the raft having the best seat in the house. Hopefully all boats and barges will light up and fly their flags



Monday 4 June

The Carrick Carnival organisers would  love to see as many of the boats and barges as  possible staying in Carrick for the week of their festival which culminates the following Friday with “The Taste of Carrick Event” at the quays