Maeve’s Army due this week – Support An Tain Bo Cuailgne March as it revisits County Louth!


A reenactment of The Tain (An Tain Bo Cualigne) is taking place this week in County Louth on June 23rd- June 26th 2011.

Spectators, supporters and warriors are encouraged to come out and witness this unique occasion as the footsteps of Queen Maeve are retraced, leading her army through the county in her bid to capture the magnificent Brown Bull of Cooley.!

The national epic is being spectacularly reenacted across Louth – the Land of Legends, beginning in Ardee where the Army is gathering on Thursday 23rd June. Witness the re-enactment of the fierce battle of the Ford between Cuchulainn and Ferdia, the mighty warrior’s foster brother. The army will camp overnight and attend the king’s feast held in their honour.

On Friday 24th, the army will march to Knockbridge,(the location of Cuchulainn’s Stone, on which he died) where a local re-enactment will be presented followed by a traditional Irish night. The weary warriors will then bed down for the night in their cosy campsite.

The following day the tribe will continue to Dundalk and march through the town passing through the Muirheivne Plains. A Street Fleadh at Seatown will welcome the army and they will enjoy the festivities in Dundalk well into the night, camping overnight in the outskirts of the town at Bellurgan Park, Cooley’s emerging cultural and activity venue.  

On Sunday 26th, the Cooley Mountains will once again witness the mighty approach of Maeves Army climbing over the Golyin Pass from Glenmore at 2.30 pm and into the village of Carlingford. This spectacular end of the journey will be greeted by the villagers who will toast the army’s arrival and offer bread and pig to the hungry warriors. As the celtic customs dictated, visitors to the town will be advised to eat the customary salted bread available on the day in order to avoid any quarrelling.

‘We are appealing to young and old to come out and support this initiative which is directly aimed at raising the profile of County Louth as a unique tourist destination. If communities support activities such as these, it will succeed in its objective – promote Louth, increase  spend and therefore maintain jobs – its very simple. The innovation is that we can have fun doing it.’ Kevin Woods, Event coordinator

Everyone is welcome to join the march at any stage during its journey and enjoy this unique adventure! Raise money for your school, community group or charity.  Sponsors cards are still available – contact the Cooley Peninsula Tourist Office 00 353 (0) 42 937 3033 or Email info@carlingford.ie. Take a camera and a costume to enter the photographic competition offering €1000 for the best photo depicting the event.  Full details on www.thetainmarch.com

This event is administered on behalf of the Louth County Economic Forum and is supported by Fáilte Ireland and Louth County Council.

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