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Lady of The Lake Festival

Irvinestown, Fermanagh
Lady of the lake festival Irvinestown


The Lady of the Lake Festival is a Summer Event which takes place every July in Irvinestown, providing 11 days of Fun for All! Folklore has it that the legendary lady walked amongst the mists & islands of Lough Erne bringing a sign of good times ahead!

Friday 8th July

10.30am          Pool Competition in Bawnacre Centre for Primary School boys.

                        Free Admission


1.30 pm           BBC Radio Ulster Live Broadcast by Hugo Duncan at the Delany Room

                        Car Park featuring Special Guest Appearances from the Irish Country                                     Showband Scene.


7.30pm            The Opening Ceremony will be performed by The Porter Bellies


7.30pm            Live Music on Main Street by The Porter Bellies


8.00pm            Official Opening of The 43rd Lady of the Lake Festival.

Cross Community Marching Bands

Girls & Boys Brigade and Scouts.

Street Entertainment

Sponsored by Petal Postforming Ltd


8.30pm            Arrival of 2019 Lady the Lake – Nikita Ward


                          “The Dance of the Islands” based upon the mythical legend Lady of the Lake by


8.45pm            Arrival of 2019 Ladies in Waiting accompanied by


                        Unveiling of the 2022 Lady of the Lake

                         What form of transport will she use this year?

                          Ongoing Main Street Events, Fun and Games              


10.00pm          Music in Mahon’s Hotel by Country Features

10.00pm          Music in Molly’s



Saturday 9th July


11.00 am         Summer Craft Fair in Delany Room in aid of Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary

                        Retail Therapy provided by local craft and agri-food businesses

                        Vendor & General Enquiries:


12midday        Clay Pigeon Shoot at Lettermoney organized by Robert Kinnear.


2.30pm            Irvinestown Pet Show at Bawnacre Centre Car Park

                        sponsored by Three Valley Vets.




3.00pm            The Festival Bonny Baby Competition at Bawnacre Centre

                         sponsored by Gordon’s Chemist.


7.00pm            Necarne Run, Walk & Stroll for Fun

                         in Aid of Fermanagh Multiple Sclerosis Society 

                        Registration @ Necarne from 5pm-6pm Adm £5.00

                        Sponsored by Mahon’s Hotel


9.00pm            Festival Pool Tournament in Sissy McGinty’s

                        Feature Prize for Best Dressed Player


10.00pm          Music in Mahon’s Hotel by James Peake


10.00pm          Music in Molly’s by




Sunday 10th July


10.00am          Game Fishing Competition - Boats leave Castle Archdale & Muckross 

                          First Prize £150 Entry £5.00 Adults £3.00 Children


2.30pm            The Lady of the Lake Donkey Derby Meeting

                        held at  Castle Irvine Estate, Necarne , in front of the Castle

                        Followed by

                        A  Family Fun Afternoon sponsored By Sydare Eggs

                          Egg & Spoon Race, Mammy & Daddy Race, Children’s Race, Piggy Back Race , Three Legged Race & Sack Race

 Admission £3.00 ~ All Accompanied Children, Free Admission

(All People taking part in the Donkey Derby do so at their own risk)



3.00pm            A Walking Tour of the richly historic site of Castle Archdale.

                         This is a “Walk and Talk” exercise suitable for all ages.

                        A Guide from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency will bring alive the importance of Castle Archdale as a World War II RAF Flying Boat Base for Catalina’s and Sunderland’s which patrolled the North Atlantic Ocean.

                         A great opportunity to appreciate local history.

            Walk starts at the Visitor Centre


6.00pm            Prize-giving for the Fishing Competition at Castle Archdale Marina. 

                          Live Music by Malcolm Coulter ~ weather permitting.


6.30pm            Cross Community and Inter-Denomination Service with

                        The Community Choir on the historic White Island including celebration by                         local Church/Faith Leaders of over 400 years history of Irvinestown.

                        Everyone Welcome,

                        Departure from New Castle Archdale Marina at 6.30pm on the                                           Luxurious Lady of the Lake Cruiser


8.00pm            Music in Mahon’s Hotel – Hand Me Downs


8.00pm            Music in Sissy McGinty’s 


8.00pm            Music in Molly’s by



Monday 11th July


10:30am          Sports Day with Team Games, Old Time Games and lots of fun! All Primary School children are welcome! From 10.30a.m. to 12noon.

Cost: £1. (Please phone ARC on 028 686 28741 to book as places will be limited.)


11.00am          Soccer Skills Competition on small Bawnacre 3G Pitch for primary school boys.

11-12.30pm    Treasure Hunt at the Arc Healthy Living Centre

1-12.30pm      Rugby Skills at Arc Healthy Living Centre

2-2.30pm        Football at the Arc Healthy Living Centre

2-2.30pm        Arts & Crafts at Arc Healthy Living Centre


7.00pm            Tiny Tots Disco in Main Hall Bawnacre Centre for pre-school & Primary School Children


7.00pm            Lady Of Lake Treasure Hunt, Irvinestown, Ballinamallard, and surrounding areas.  Assemble in Link Road Car-park


Tea after in The Methodist Hall and prize giving.

sponsored By Belleek Living


9.00pm           Old Time Singing and Storytelling with James Hugh and Friends Mahon’s Hotel



Tuesday 12th July

10.00a.m    Parade By Drumharvey Pipe Band Main Street


1.00p.m         Funfair and Games on Main Street

10.30pm          Music in Mahon’s Hotel by Paul Wright


Wednesday 13th July


10.30am          Treasure Hunt at the ARC. Treasure Hunt on foot for all Primary School children. Follow the clues for a fun filled morning. Treasure to be found!

Cost £1.

(Please phone ARC on 028 686 28741 to book as places will be limited)


11-12.30pm    Animal Masks at the Ark Healthy Living Centre


12.00pm          Traditional Fair Day at Castle Irvine Estate, Necarne  -

                          Ulster American Folk Park all day demonstrations

Folk Park Actor/Guides in character Street Performances 

Horse drawn Transport

Carriage Driving

Stalls and Crafts

Local Musicians and Bands

Music by Glenside Country

Sheep Shearing 2.00p.m

Traditional Hiring Fair

Three Wheel Bicycle Race with Local Celebrities

Marionette String Puppet Show (Two Shows) 1.00p.m and 3.00p.m

Presentation Of Prizes Irvinestown’s Best Gardens 12.30p.m

Auction Of Horses Donkeys  4.30p.m

Ruck Of hay 2.00p.m

World Sheep Dung Spitting Contest

Best Dressed Lady & Man in Vintage Wear

Thresher Display 3.00p.m

Poitin Making

Pedicure for horses & Donkeys

Parade Vintage Tractors (N W Vintage Club ) 12.00p.m & 5.00p.m

Marie Phelan Irish Dancers 3.15p.m

Erne Highland Dancers 3.00p.m

Yoga Session at 4pm with Ann Monaghan £7.00 adults, £4.00 under 18’s. Wear your bloomers. Contact Ann: 07391945365

Special Lady Of The Lake Irish Dance

All Ireland Potato Peeling Competition

Donkey Rides



2.00pm            Festival Arts and Crafts for all primary school children.

Cost £1.


2-3.30pm        Arts & Crafts at the Ark Healthy Living Centre


4.00pm -          Registration Commences at Bawnacre Centre (only) for 10K/5K

                        Water Sponsored by Happy Cones


6.45pm            Registration Closes for 10K/5K


7.00 pm           10K/5K starts from Bawnacre Centre

                        10k - Bawnacre, Castle Street, Church Street, Lisnarick Road, Ardlougher,                 Liscreevin Road, Drumshane, Lisnarick, Drumadravey, Irvinestown                             Bawnacre Finish. 

                        5k route - Bawnacre Turn @ Knockroe Bawnacre Finish 


7.00pm            Irvinestown Community Football Soccer Challenge in Bawnacre Centre. Four top soccer teams from Irvinestown compete. Proceeds in aid of Marie Curie.

8.00pm            Freedom 2 Paint @Mahon’s Hotel ~ Join us for a Fun Night of Painting – Zero              Experience Necessary. Paint, All Materials & the First Drink provided ~ £25.                 (over 18’s only)

9.00 pm           Presentation Ceremony in Bawnacre Centre for 10K/5K Run.


9.00pm            Chernobyl Children Appeal Charity Dance in Mahon’s Hotel. Dancing 9.00pm- late.

                         Tickets £10.00 or pay at the door.

                        Artists appearing:


                          Night Not To Be Missed! Hugo Duncan, Boxcar Brian, Vincy Walmsley Florence Given, Georgia Mc Cusker, The Singing Diggerman, Joe Mahon & Paddy McCann ~ Backing Band Malcolm Coalter & Eugene Cunningham



10.00p.m.        Music in Molly’s by



Thursday 14th   July


11.00am             Fancy Dress Dog Walk at Necarne. Start at Necarne Car Park

£3.00 fee, Prize for Best Dressed Dog ~ In aid of Bright Eyes Animal Sanctuary , Huskey Salvation


1.00pm            Dog Show in front of Necarne Castle


2.00pm            Ball Drop from Ski Jump £1.00 per ball

2.00pm            Badminton competitions in Bawnacre Centre for boys and girls under 14 years. Admission free.


3.30pm            Badminton competitions in Bawnacre Centre for boys and girls under16 years. Admission free.


3.30pm            Table Tennis competitions in Bawnacre Centre single for boys and girls under 14 years and under 16 years. Admission free.


3.00pm            Senior Citizens Party Delany Room at Mahon's Hotel

Music & the Craic with “Malcolm & Country Beat with Georgia McCusker”

 Refreshments served

Everyone Welcome.

Contact Mahon’s Hotel 02868621656 for your free ticket


4.00pm            Register your Kayak for Race at the Marina. Last Entries 4.30 p.m.


6.00pm            Kayak Race in Marina. Kayaks Supplied By Jonathan Bradshaw -   £10.00 entry.

                                      1st prize £50.00

                                      2nd prize £25.00

                                      (For more details contact 02868621675)


6.00pm            Raft Race sponsored by Sam Timmins Garden Landscapes NI

                        Register your Raft at Mahon’s Hotel: 02868621656 before 16th July. Adm: £10.00. Winner Takes All!


7.00 pm           World Cup Style Outdoor Soccer Competition on  Bawnacre 3G Pitch  for boys  who attended Primary School in June 2022.  

                        Enter your own team of 6 via Bawnacre Reception (tel 028 686 21177) by 1pm today. £5.00 per team.

7.00pm            Lady of the Lake Annual Fancy Dress Assemble at the Link Road, Irvinestown.

                        Judging for various prizes including individuals, groups & ages @7.30pm.

                        Judging Panel made up by Irvinestown’s most Untalented & Unglamorous Celebrities

                        Supported by Supervalu Supermarket & Centra Main Street


7.30p.m.          Live Music on the street with The Senators


8.00pm            Annual Fancy Dress Parade - leaving from the Link Road.

                          Street Entertainment – Mighty Mascots , Fire Engine Display Cutting up a car


8.00pm            Rockstar Festival Bingo on Zoom. Big cash prizes. See Rockstars on line Community Bingo page on Facebook for the link


9.30pm            Table Quiz in Mahon’s Hotel. Quizmaster Geoff Heaver £5.00 per person


10.00pm          Music in Molly’s by  

9.00p.m           Music In Mahon’s Hotel By



Friday 15th July



2.00pm            Annual Bawnacre Summer Sports Day on the NEW 3G Pitch. Competitions and novelty events for boys and girls of all ages. Admission free.


7.00p.m           Lady of the Lake Festival Friendly @Bawnacre 3G Pitch

                        sponsored by Mahon’s Hotel

                        Ginger’s Select v Sands Utd Ekn

                        all proceeds to Marie Curie


7.30pm            Music in the Main Street by Hard to Beat


7.30p.m           Annual Vintage Vehicle Parade

Cars, Trucks, Tractors & Bicycles.  Assemble Bawnacre Car Park. Joe add in full route for the vintage vehicle parade


9.00p.m           Fire Dancing with Mummers Main Street


10.30p.m.        Music on Street by Vincy Walmsley


10.00p.m         Music in Mahon’s Hotel by Hard to Beat


10.00p.m.        Music in Molly’s by


10.30p.m         Festival of Lights – Ancient Traditions meet Modernity

Parade of trucks & around the town.

Prizes for Best lit up trucks Local and Outside Fermanagh/Tyrone

Lead by a Torch Light Parade from Irvinestown Community Mummers

Samba Band.

A truly tremendous occasion Every Year!



Saturday 16th July

8.30a.m           Fun Cycle Race around Lough Erne in conjunction with Irvinestown                                     Shamwheelers

                        Sign On and Registration on Mill Street @Delany Suite


11.00a.m         Arrival of Trucks for the, Annual Lady of the Lake Truck Convoy in aid of Marie Curie


12.00p.m.        Craft & Trade Stalls in Truck Car Park in Aid of Marie Curie


1.00 p.m          St Mary Ward Band playing on Main Street


2.00 p.m          The World’s Hole Digging Championship, See who can dig the biggest Hole in a half hour, and try and beat our Last year’s champion Hole Digger. Cormac Slevin  

                        Hole Digging takes place in Field in Middle of Truck Park.

£175.00 in Prizes 1st £100.00 2nd £50.00, 3rd £25.00 plus an engraved spade for the Winner


4.30 pm           OUTDOOR THEATRE on the big 3G Pitch at the Bawnacre Centre.

                        David Walliams 'AWFUL AUNTIE'  presented by Heartbreak                                                 Productions, Bring the family, picnic, a blanket, or low back chair and dress                        appropriately for the weather but  relax and enjoy watching a fabulous,                          top quality open-air show.


9.00p.m           Music in Sissy’s by s


10.00p.m         Music in Mahon’s Hotel by Gary Fitzpatrick


10.00p.m         Truckers Dance - Music in Delany Suite  Barry Doyle Band & Boxcar Brian (£15.00) Per Ticket @ Mahon’s Hotel Reception or pay @ Door.


10.00p.m.        Music in Molly’s by  

Sunday 17th July


Please Try to Use Car Parks and not Block the Main Street

Car Parking Available on the Link Road & Lisnarick Road at St.Mary’s School &

opposite the Sacred Heart Church



10.00 a.m        Lady Of Lake Grasstrack Motor Cycle Racing organised by Fermanagh Motorcycle Club at Castle Irvine Estate Necarne



10.00a.m         Start of Bicycle Race 60 Miles & 25 mile Cycle & 35 mile

                          Route given out on Day 

                          Helmets Must Be Worn ~ £10.00 per person 


2.00p.m           Presentation and Prizes of the Trucks Memorial Trophies.


2.30p.m           Trucks leave Bawnacre Centre Car Park on Convoy around Fermanagh

Ex Irvinestown 2.30pm - Led by 400 Husky Dogs                  

Lisnarick, 2.45 p.m.

Ederney, 3.00p.m

Kesh, 3.30p.m

Enniskillen, 4.00p.m

Ballinamallard. 4.20 p.m.


3.00p.m           Music on Main Street with Barry Doyle, Joe Moore, Boxcar Brian & The Senators  

                        Street Performers/ Entertainment.



4.45p.m           Arrival back in Irvinestown of Trucks.


5.00p.m           Music in Mahon’s Hotel by Barry Doyle & Friends




10.00p.m.        Music in Molly’s


10.00p.m         Music in Sissy McGinty’s


10.30p.m         Music in Delany Suite by the Tumbling Paddys.

                                    Adm £10 .00 before 11.00p.m / £12.00 after 11.00p.m





Ongoing Events throughout Festival



Photography Competition:

            All photos to be shared or tagged to Lady of the Lake Facebook Page


Drone Video Competition:

            All videos to be shared or tagged to Lady of the Lake Facebook Page


Day Boat Hire Available from:

            Castle Archdale - 02868622200

            Manor House Marina – 02868628100


Lady of the Lake Cruiser:

            Daily Trips Available – 02868622200



Spot the Stranger:

In all local shops. Available from Mahon’s Hotel and ARC Center Sally’s Wood, Bawnacre Centre


Watersports: By Castle Archdale Boat Hire, Contact: 02868621675


Celtic Garden and Famine Garden:

            Open every Day Free Of Charge


White Island Ferry: Departs Castle Archdale, Contact: 02868621675


Devenish Ferry: Departs at Trory, Contact: 02868621675




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