Details of Final Day in Omeath

Final Day of Táin March in Omeath. Medb meets Cúchulainn – Don’t miss it!

The last day of The Táin March 2017 will begin at The Lumpers Pub in Ravensdale at 9:00am on Bank Holiday Monday morning and begin its final descent into Omeath.

Everyone and anyone is invited to dress as warriors and join the glorious walk across the Cooley Mountains hosting some of the the most spectacular views of the entire journey which started off in Roscommon three weeks ago.

The people of Omeath are ready to greet Medb’s weary soldiers in Celtic traditional style!

A hundred children from three local schools will form two armies, each supporting their warrior of choice and the arrival will begin an afternoon of music, dancing and feasting.

The merriment will be set against the shores of Carlingford Lough, looking across at the majestic Mountains of Mourne.

A celtic feast will welcome them alongside a reenactment of Medb’s arrival and her final face to face confrontation with Cúchulainn.

Táin March Heading For Louth

The Táin March Festival is heading for Louth this week, reaching Dundalk on Saturday.

The Táin March is a fun, family event, held annually to celebrate the Táin Bo Cuailgne (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), Ireland’s most famous saga, and the warrior champions Cuchulainn and Ferdia.

The march, which began in Roscommon almost two weeks ago, descends into Ardee at approximately 1pm on Thursday. There is a schedule of events to celebrate its arrival being held at Moorehall Lodge.

It will then leave Ardee on Friday June 2nd at 9am, travelling through Tallanstown and Louth Village before arriving in Knockbridge at 2:30pm.

It will then leave Knockbridge the next morning, Saturday June 3rd at 9am, travelling through Rathiddy and Castletown before arriving in Dundalk.

The march arrives at Oriel Park where participating kids will receive face painting and costumes at 12:30 before departing for Market Square, where a re-enactment will take place at approximately 2pm.

Later that evening sees the world premiere of The Warrior of the Táin at An Táin Arts Centre with the celebrations starting at 7pm with a wine reception followed by the main event at 8pm.

It will then leave Toberona in Dundalk on Sunday morning June 4th at 9am, travelling through Faughart, Kilnasaggart, Jonesborough and Ravensdale before arriving at the Lumpers pub in Ballymakellett at 4pm.

It will then complete its final leg on Bank Holiday Monday June 5th when it departs the Lumpers at 9am before travelling through Carnawaddy, Clermont Cairn and on to Omeath where it is expected to arrive at around 3pm.

The Bank of Ireland proudly sponsors this year’s event all funds raised going towards the Jack and Jill children’s foundation.

Táin March Festival Set For Launch

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.

Warrior of the Táin – Quintessence Theatre

The Warrior of the Táin premieres at An Táin Arts Centre on Saturday 3rd June, with celebrations starting at 7pm with a wine reception followed by the main event at 8pm.

Quintessence Theatre, An Táin’s Theatre Company in Residence, create a physical, innovative re-telling of the very legend from which the Táin derives its name.

Blending movement, dance, live music and storytelling Quintessence take this epic of ancient Irish literature and breathe vivid new life into it by telling the story through the eyes of the royal warrior Queen Mebd: witness her army’s march on Ulster, Cúchulainn’s herculean defiance, the five day fight that finally saw the defeat of Cúchulainn and the battle of the bulls – all in 45 minutes.

You can visit An Táin Arts Centre’s official website here and also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Fred Walker RIP

Everyone associated with the Táin March Festival is deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Fred Walker from Ballymanus.

Fred, originally from Yorkshire, was the Táin March’s leading contact in Ballymanus since the festival expanded all the way from Roscommon to Louth in 2015.

He died peacefully on Monday 27th March following a short illness in the loving care of his family and the staff of the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

Fred, who was 70 years old, had led a very colourful life and had several different occupations but without doubt he was best known for his work as a homeopath. 

He was also actively involved in community life and was a member of a number of groups in the Castlepollard and Westmeath area. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

Fred’s remains reposed at his home in Ballymanus on Thursday 30th March before being taken to Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan on Friday 31st March for his cremation ceremony.

May he rest in peace.