This year’s Táin March Festival begins in Rathcroghan in Co Roscommon, where Queen Medb began her quest for the Brown Bull of Cooley.
To mark the eve of the Táin March, Rathcroghan Visitor Centre are delighted to announce the launch of their Queen Medb Chariot and Courtyard.
Gerry Donoghue and Michael Moran will give a talk in which they will outline how they undertook the faithful reproduction of an Iron Age chariot, which culminated in the beautiful and unique finished centrepiece of the display.
The presentation will begin at 7.30pm on Thursday 18th of May, with complimentary tea, coffee and refreshments. Admission is free and all are very welcome.
Roscommon County Council and Rathcroghan Visitor Centre extend a warm welcome to everyone to come along to Rathcroghan mound at 10am or Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Tulsk at 12.30pm on Friday 19th of May where Queen Medb will assemble her army and set out on her epic journey.
Queen Medb’s army will be welcomed by school children from nine local primary schools who have undergone warrior training with Chris Thompson, under the Heritage in Schools Scheme.
The children will send Queen Medb’s army on their way with praise poems read out by their class champion and the blowing of a great ceremonial trumpet.
“Rathcroghan is one of the royal sites of Ireland and royal capital of Connacht. All are welcome to come along, watch the royal spectacle and walk a bit of the way with Queen Medb and her army starting on Friday 19th,” said Nollaig Feeney, Heritage Officer, Roscommon County Council.
Walkers are welcome to join the Táin March anywhere along the route which starts out from Rathcroghan mound at 10am on Friday 19th of May walking to Lissonuffy and starts again at 9am on Saturday 20th of May from Lissonuffy graveyard across Sliabh Bawn and on to cross the River Shannon at Tarmonbarry around lunch time before continuing on to Clondra.
Over the following two weeks the march will continue on through Longford & Meath before finishing up on Louth on June 5th.