About the Master McGrath Festival.......
Master McGrath Festival is named after a greyhound who became an Irish National hero by beating England's racing pride ‘White Rose’ and carrying back the coveted Waterloo Cup to Ireland three times.
The dog was born at Colligan Lodge, the home of James Galway, a well known trainer and owner of Greyhounds in Dungarvan, County Waterford in 1867, where Lord Lurgan had sent down one of his dogs for breeding. A small, weak pup, he went on to become the most celebrated and successful racing dog of his time.
This one night music event is the first of its kind within the town and will take place on Saturday 8th June 2019 at 6pm – 11pm, within the grounds of Brownlow House. It is anticipated that over 3,000 people will be in attendance with a mix of headline acts from both Northern Ireland and England.
We anticipate this to be an economic and social driver for the town and with that comes opportunities for local business to advertise and maximise on the trade with people from all over Northern Ireland and further afield coming to our town (many of who will be camping on site). As a voluntary, not for profit organisation we are hosting this concert to try and put Lurgan on the map with regards to music and a location to host prestigious events.
Brownlow House, built in age of grandeur and cultured tastes, is an imposing building situated just a few minutes walk from the centre of the town, the house is a prominent landmark with its lantern shaped tower and forest of tall chimney pots, each one a different design in a variety of complicated pierced scroll work and interlacing bands dominating the skyline. It commands a stunning view across the park and lake, which were once part of Lord Lurgan’s Estate.
How to get to the event......
Exit M1 Motorway at Junction 10.
By Bus or Train
Translink provide daily train and bus services to Lurgan town centre.
Distance from Airport
Belfast International Airport - 24.9miles/40.1km
George Best Belfast City Airport - 30.8miles/49.6km
Dublin Airport - 86.4 miles/139km
Stenaline Belfast 27.8 miles via M1