An Tain Bo Cualigne revisits County Louth – Army now being enlisted!
A reenactment of The Tain (An Tain Bo Cualigne) is taking place in County Louth on June 23rd– June 26th 2011.
Louth, “Land of Legends, and full of Life”, is presenting an opportunity to retrace the footsteps of Queen Maeve and her army, in their journey to capture the strongest bull in Ireland – the Brown Bull of Cooley. The historic event occurs as a result of a domestic dispute with her husband King Alill whilst they compared possessions. However the prized Brown Bull of Cooley was guarded by the mighty warrior Cuchulainn and the story covers the tricks, fierce battles and ruthlessness of the Irish woman to get what she wants (some things never change girls).
The story which is the national epic of Ireland stretches from Roscommon to The Cooley Peninsula in Co Louth and was first translated in the early 12th century providing the Irish equivalent to the Greek mythology tales which feature figures such as Athena and Achilles
The Táin March, a unique event will begin with the gathering of Queen Maeves army of warriors in Ardee on Thursday the 23rd June. Witness the re-enactment of the 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 at Ardee Castle.
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 and the warriors will bed for the night.
The following day the march will continue to Dundalk and march through the town, site of the Muirheivne Plains. A Street Fleadh will welcome the army, which will camp on the outskirts of the town at Bellurgan Park and will enjoy the festivities in Dundalk well into the night.
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.
Queen Maeve is looking for her army of warriors now! March for a day or the entire journey and raise money for your school, community group or charity. Sponsors cards are available – contact the Cooley Peninsula Tourist Office 00 353 (0) 42 937 3033, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://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.