Táin March Festival – June 2019

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by Amy Sherif, 25th June 2019

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Táin March Festival 2019

Dundalk Credit Union were proud to support the Táin March Festival 2019. The Táin March Festival ran from the 14th May to the 2nd June 2019, over a period of 3 phases.

The Táin March itself is the physical act of walking from the Rathcroghan site in Roscommon all the way to Cooley in County Louth. This takes place over three weekends and 12 walking days in total. Through fields, over mountains and wading through streams the marchers follow Queens Maeve’s route in pursuit of the Brown Bull of Cooley.

At key towns and villages along the route the local community organises events, receptions and parades to welcome the Marchers. The Táin March Festival also includes an education programme that focuses on schools and youth projects and takes the form of half day workshops that introduce the key characters, explain the story, link the story to the local community and most importantly the children have lots of fun.

The Táin March Festival arrived at the Market Square in Dundalk on Saturday 1st June, to a great welcome from the local community  who enjoyed watching re-enactments of some of the battle scenes from the story of Táin Bó Cúailnge, provided by Dundalk’s M.A.D Youth Theatre who really brought the story to life.

The final day of the festival saw the Táin March arrive at it’s final destination in Cooley, where the local community gathered to welcome the marchers and join in the festivities!

For more information on the Táin March Festival see: https://www.tainmarch.ie/

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