Lughnasa’ Festival to celebrate life through the ages
Re-enactors dressed in costume spanning from the Iron Age to the Easter Rising will take part in a special ‘Lughnasa’ celebration being organised by Shannon Heritage at their Craggaunowen visitor attraction near Quin in Co. Clare over the August bank holiday weekend.
Speaking about the upcoming event, John Ruddle, Chief Executive Shannon Heritage said: “Shannon Heritage are delighted to offer visitors to Craggaunowen the opportunity to celebrate ‘Lughnasa’ in style on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd of August from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm each day. The ancient pagan festival of ‘Lughnasa’ marks the first day of autumn and the start of the harvest season. The event will be staged by Claíomh Living History Group whose members have many years of experience as historical interpreters and living history specialists.”
Mr. Ruddle continued: “Claíomh Living History Group will give visitors a unique glimpse of what living conditions were like for Hiberno-Norse families living in a Crannóg. On display will be a range of replica Viking Age clothing, artefacts and weapons.
A number of showcase events from different time periods are planned over the weekend including a display of the material culture of the 1916 era and the Irish Volunteers. Among them samples of everyday items such as ceramics, glassware, leather accoutrements, uniforms, paperwork, coinage and weaponry.
Described as Ireland's Golden Age, the Early Christian period will also be brought to life for visitors. The action will be based around the Ring Fort at Craggaunowen where a range of aspects of life from 2nd to 8th century Ireland will be demonstrated. The unique Irish chariot project, which is a reconstruction based on High Cross carvings and literary references, will also be on display for visitors to view at the Ring Fort.
The late Medieval and Tudor period (c. 1400 to 1600) will be recreated on the green in front of 16th century Craggaunowen Castle showcasing arms, armour, combat technique and textiles.
Visitors will be able to see demonstrations on 16th century life and also gain an insight into 15th and 16th century military technologies and methods with a display of reconstructed clothing, arms and armour. A full programme of events for the day will be available at the Craggaunowen admissions building.
With an emphasis on value for money, Shannon Heritage is offering a special family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children for €21.50 and 2 adults and 6 children for €24.50. For further information about the ‘Lughnasa’ Festival at Craggaunowen visit www.shannonheritage.com or telephone Shannon Heritage at 061 – 360788. Tickets are available on the day and they can also be bought online