A Family Day out of ‘Giant’ proportions at Lough Boora

Over 2,500 visitors from across the country participated in this year’s Battle of Giants Family Day event at Lough Boora Discovery Park in Co Offaly on Sunday 24 August 2014.

As part of National Heritage Week, the event celebrated Irish Myths and Legends and featured a battle between Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the Scottish giant, Angus, with the assistance of mini warriors using their handmade armour battle shields, helmets and axes from the day’s workshop activities.

Fionn Mac Cumhaill and his army came away from the first battle with a victory, only to be defeated by Angus and his loyal warriors in the second battle of the day!

Children entered a Colouring Competition in the Kids Zone and took part in drumming workshops, archery tag and zorbing, with the park’s walking and cycling trails busy throughout the day.

The new Visitor Centre was humming with activity as families used the bike hire service and new cafe facilities at Loch an Dochais.

The free Family Day at Lough Boora raised over €4,500 for children’s charity Barretstown as part of their 20th Anniversary celebrations this year, through the generous donations of attendees.

For more information about future events and activities for families, schools and visitors of all ages and abilities, visit testing.loughboora.com, follow the #loughboora hashtag and connect with Lough Boora Discovery Park via Twitter @loughbooraparkFacebook and YouTube.

Battle of Giants

This Heritage Week, Lough Boora Discovery Park will become the spectacular backdrop for the ultimate Family Day, including a Battle of Giants featuring Fionn Mac Cumhaill as he takes on the Scottish giant Angus. A family friendly event in honour of Barretstown, the day will feature interactive workshops, a Kids Zone, Zorbing and more! Make the most of the park’s nature trails and explore the newly opened Visitor Centre.

The event takes place on Sunday 24 August 2014 from 12-5pm.

For more information and a full event itinerary, read the news article.

Lough Boora’s Battle of Giants

Witness the giants of Irish folklore take centre stage at the ultimate family event at Lough Boora Discovery Park, Co Offaly on Sunday 24 August 2014 from 12-5pm.

Children across the country are being called upon to take part in one of the most exciting family events of the summer, in association with Barretstown.

Irish legend tells the story of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Scottish giant, Angus once taking part in a fierce battle. This August, the legendary giants will meet again and battle it out on the spectacular grounds of Lough Boora as part of Heritage Week.

The action kicks off with a range of activities for all ages on the day, with the schedule of events as follows:

Battle of Giants: 2-2.30pm and 4.30-5pm
Two Battles of Giants with an army of little warriors.

Armour Making Workshops: 12.30-1.30pm and 3-4pm
Children will be invited to make (and take home) their very own battle shield and axe before joining Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Angus in battle.

Drumming Workshops: 12-2pm and 3-5pm
Interactive Fuinneamh Community Drum workshops for children of all ages.

Kids Art Competition Judging: 4-4.15pm
Participants in the Lough Boora Colouring Competition with the Offaly Independent are invited to bring their entries to the event, where three winners will be selected!

Activities: 12-5pm
The Kids Zone in the Marquee will be open all afternoon, with children and teens of all ages invited to participate in Zorbing and Archery Tag throughout the event.

In addition to the above schedule of events, this Family Day event will feature on-site entertainment, food stalls and walking and cycling trails available to the public throughout the park.

There is no admission charge, however attendees will be asked to donate to Barretstown children’s charity throughout the day, as part of their 20th Anniversary celebrations this year.

The event also marks the celebration of the new on-site Lough Boora Visitor Centre which will act as a point of information for families.

New signage provides route maps of designated walking trails and cycling tracks, including information on nature, biodiversity, activities, amenities, the history of Lough Boora and the story of Bord na Móna. The new Visitor Centre will act as a point of information and is open to the public seven days a week from 9.30am – 5.30pm.

For more information and updates on the event, follow the hashtag #loughboora and connect with us on Twitter @loughbooraparkFacebook or YouTube.