Festival Background

Book of Fenagh Festival July 29-August 1st 2016

2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the Book of Fenagh.  To mark the quincentenary, a series of local and national events have been planned for the August Bank Holiday Weekend (July 29-31st). 

As part of Heritage Week 2015 and a precursor to this year’s Festival, we organised a lecture entitled “THE HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE OF FENAGH”  by Dr Brendan Scott, Lecturer in History, NUI, Maynooth with particular reference to the Book of Fenagh, produced in 1516.

If you missed the lecture or want  to listen to it again you can LISTEN to a recording by clicking HERE.

IRISH TV Channel filmed with us in August during Heritage Week – you can WATCH that episode by clicking HERE.


You can click on the links below to read more about the Book of Fenagh.

lecture & outline for 2016.pdf

Importance of the Book of Fenagh



  1. Andrew Roddy
    Posted October 31, 2015 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Best of luck with this project. Looking forward to attending.

  2. Fred Doidge
    Posted December 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Very interested in next years celebrations, my grandmother is buried at Fenagh Abbey.
    I shall pray that the celebration will be a success.

  3. Peggie Ford Cosgrove
    Posted December 18, 2015 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Please announce dates as soon as you can. I have friends and family who want to attend, and it requires travel over seas, which involve planning.

    I am so looking forward to seeing the Book, the Abbey, Fenagh Parish, and Muckros (Castlefore).

  4. Posted December 19, 2015 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Tthe Book of Fenagh Celebration Weekend will run from July 29th to August 1st 2016. The lineup of events is still being formulated but will include a series of lectures, launch of the book ‘The Making of the Book of Fenagh’ and the facsimile reproduction of the original Book of Fenagh, a series of talks and lectures, childrens activities based on medieval Fenagh themes, historical walking tours of the Abbeys, an evening of medieval choral music, food and drama. Further details will be announced closer to the date. You can keep abreast of updates at http://www.fenagh.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/lecture-outline-for-2016.pdf.pdf

    Kind regards
    Teresa Lennon

  5. Posted April 22, 2016 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Peggie, just to let you know the full lineup of events & booking form for the Book of Fenagh 500 Festival is now available at https://www.fenagh.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/BookingForm-2.pdf

    Kind regards
    Teresa Lennon
    00353 71 9645590

  6. Martina Langan
    Posted May 23, 2016 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    I did a bit of research during my studies on early Saints lives and I have written a poem about the book of Fenagh as I found it a fascinating read!

    Would you be interested in this poem?

    If you give me your email add I can send it as an attachment!

    M Langan

  7. Posted May 24, 2016 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    We would love to receive your poem – please email to fenaghvisitorcentre@gmail.com.

    Kind regards
    Teresa Lennon

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