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Spanish week – Ole!

The photo is of the young man who will be going to Paraguay this summer, and also abseiling down the Europa Hotel on 28th April…. Support him as best you can. He deserves it¬! Come along on 6th June to listen to him speak.


Leading up to Spanish week, we can recommend that you go to the Sunflower Bar in Belfast on a Monday night from 6.30 to 7.30pm. It’s a great craic!

Also, don’t forget to go to the flamenco on 9th March in St. Georges’ Market, Belfast. Flamenco starts at 11am.

The next four people who sign up to the (downloadable form) Hispanic Society of Carrickfergus will get 10% discount on tickets for the whole week of the event. Normal price £60.

From 3-8 June 2019 will be Spanish week with an exciting programme of tours and talks in Belfast, Carrickfergus and Armagh. We are proposing having a pop up shop in Carrickfergus during the week. Traders and other interested parties can book a slot here. £40 for the week, 5 slots available. £65 for a full sponsorship package, including an entry on the event web site to be launched shortly and a classified ad in the programme.

Join the Society here.

Sponsors so far:

Oxfam book shop in Botanic
Harley Davidson
The Mid and East Antrim Council are helping out, as are the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Council. No money from the Councils, but they are certainly proactive!

The Millenium Arts Centre are also helping out and will be selling tickets for the event.

Draft programme

3rd June – 9.30 to 11:30 Group tour of the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland and some interesting records. Free if taken with the tour of Spanish “hotspots” in Belfast.

Lunch at the Linen Hall Library (not included, but if you are buying a package, it is £7.50 – only on booking.)
14:00 – 1600 The underwater archaeology of the Girona shipwreck (1588)

In this illustrated talk underwater archaeologist Rory McNeary will outline the story of the Girona, from its ill-fated involvement with the Spanish Armada culminating in its wrecking to its rediscovery in 1967 and the recovery of the incredible artefact assemblage that now makes up the Ulster Museum’s Armada Collection. His talk will also look at the Girona site in the context of its protected status as a designated wreck under the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973 and outline what we know of the present site in terms of potential surviving archaeological evidence on the seabed.

Rory McNeary is a government heritage curator and the current licensee for the designated site Girona. In recent years he has brought the Girona site into a government-led programme of monitoring aligned with wider marine conservation management strategies.

4th June – 10:00 Tour of Carrickfergus Museum and talk about a famous man by local historian and visit to a church with Spanish connections.

7-9pm Potentially a talk about Mexico by a national. Cost £3. Free to Members of the Hispanic Society of Carrickfergus. TBA.

5th June – 10:00 Discounted tickets to a tour of Carrickfergus Castle for the first ten people who book more than one event.

Lunch in town (not included)

14:00 to 16:00 Join us on a historical tour of Carrickfergus, spanning over 800 years from the Anglo-Normans, to the Antrim Artillery, and from the Franciscans to the Knight Ride.  Carrickfergus is full of dynamic stories, including the landings of Robert the Bruce and King William, and has witnessed its fair share of attacks.  Once the premier town in Ulster, and at one time a walled town, Carrickfergus can boast of an Anglo-Norman castle, the beautiful St Nicholas’ Church, and the recently uncovered Dobbin’s Tower House, dating from the 16th century.  Come along and find out a little something about Carrickfergus that you didn’t know before.

5th June – Sunflower bar, Belfast. A fantastic Latin American dance group starts at 8.30 for a hour. Enjoy the best bar in Belfast – an historical gem. Tickets £5 for members of the Society, £8 for non members.

6th June – Tour of hot spots in Armagh with Spanish connections. Led by a qualified local tour guide, you can be sure of a great time. £30 for the day. Lunch not included. If you require accommodation in a good quality hotel in Armagh City, please contact us. Book early to avoid disappointment.

In July 2017, a group of 5 left Mullavilly Parish Church in Portadown and headed to Asuncion in Paraguay.  Our mission was to work alongside the Church and its leaders there as well as the Colegio San Andres (St. Andrew’s School) and ‘The Annexe School’, which serves the children of the Chararita shanty town.  This is an area on the edge of the Paraguay River that floods regularly but where many people build their homes in order to be near the centre and find work.  It is a Christian school with around 250 pupils, mostly from the shanty area and is supported by donations from Colegio San Andres, mission organisations such as SAMS, churches such as Mullavilly and individuals.

Come along on Thursday 6th June at 7pm to hear stories and see photographs of that trip, and also hear how that experience has impacted on me so much so that I am returning for a solo trip in June of this year.

By: Matthew Walsh

The Reverend Cairns, rector of Mullavilly Parish Church, is an inspirational figure and cares about the environment. The choirmistress, Wendy Walsh, Matthew’s mother, is a just amazing musician…. they have both written articles for this blog. We are also negotiating for a film and some food… sponsorship would be much appreciated. All donations for the evening to SAMS.

7th June – Another tour. Details to be confirmed. If there is the demand, I will run a one day Spanish class to provide potential speakers with resources. Cost: £15 per person, discounts for members of the Hispanic Society of Carrickfergus.

7th June – evening. Talk at the Irish Fusiliers Museum. Book up early, as this will get busy. Only 20 places.

8th June – singing in Irish from 10-12, lunch at a local hostelry, 2-4 a round of Spanish songs by a lovely Spanish girl. Cost for each event, £3.

There will also be a downloadable tour of IslandMagee and Spanish connections in the area … watch this space!

This event is operated by the Hispanic Society of Carrickfergus, a commercial entity under the banner of the company Rachel Carson Enterprises which encompasses entities in Spain and Scotland for the North Highland Way.   

We have a number of sponsorship packages. The event is marketed widely in Spain, through the Belfast Book Festival, in Ireland and Scotland.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EVENTS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE. We will shortly introduce a booking system. 10% of profits from the whole week will be donated to a charity yet to be confirmed.

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