Lughnasa Festival @ Cragaunowen 2014

03 August 2014 - 04 August 2014
11:00 - 17:00

Craggaunowen- 'The Living Past Experience', Kilmurry, Near Sixmilebridge, Co Clare
Phone: 061-360788

Clare Says Céad Míle Fáilte
  • Join with our costumed re-enactors in a special ‘Lughnasa’ celebration spanning the Bronze Age, through Iron Age, Early Medieval to 16th Century.
  • At the end of the summer harvest, a festival of games and skills ere held in honour of Tailtiu
  • textile production, cooking, combat displays and Brehon law courts renacted.

The festival of ‘Lughnasa’ marks the start of autumn and the harvest season and originated as an ancient pagan festival to honour the Celtic god Lugh of the Tuatha de Danann, god of arts and crafts. Lugh dedicated the festival to his foster mother Tailtiu, the last queen of the Fir Bolg, who died of exhaustion after clearing a huge expanse of forest for the planting and cultivation of crops. At the end of the summer harvest, a festival of games and skills was held in honour of Tailtiu.

Commenting on the ‘Lughnasa’ festivities planned for Craggaunowen, John Ruddle, Chief Executive Shannon Heritage said: “We are delighted to offer families an enjoyable fun day out whilst learning more about the lives of their ancestors. The activities planned will give visitors a snapshot of life in Ireland through the ages”.

Re-enactors dressed in costume will be on hand to recreate the daily lifestyle of typical Hiberno-Norse families living in a Crannόg. Claíomh Living History & Military Heritage Group providing this ‘window to the past’ will also demonstrate and discuss aspects of Irish Viking Age technology and lifestyle. A range of replica clothing, artefacts, weapons and jewellery will be on display.

To enhance visitors’ ‘Lughnasa’ experience at Craggaunowen, there will be several showcase events at specific times during the weekend and a multitude of ongoing displays demonstrating various aspects of Ireland's history and heritage, from different time periods. Don’t miss the unique 13th century Anglo-Norman drill and hand-to-hand combat demonstrations.

Ireland's Golden Age - the Early Christian period will be brought to life through activities based around the Ringfort, including daily talks by Dave O'Reilly with his reconstructed Irish chariot based on the iconography of the 10th century Ahenny High Cross and contemporary literary references

For a noble experience visitors, can pass through the Medieval period at 16th century Craggaunowen Castle, meeting the ladies of the castle in costume and gaining an insight into 15th and 16th century Gaelic and Anglo-Irish military life including displays of 16th century swordsmanship. Visitors to Craggaunowen visitor attraction near Quin, Co Clare during the August Bank Holiday weekend (Sunday 4th and Monday 5th August) will be swept back in time to experience a special ‘Lughnasa’ celebration spanning the Iron Age through the Early Medieval, Viking Age, the Anglo-Normans to the 16th Century.

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