The Ballintubber Heritage Festival returns with a whole host of events taking place throughout the month of July.
This Sunday (7th) Ballintubber Castle will play host to a welcome reception for returning professors and students from Foothills College in California and Columbia University in New York, who will once again take part in excavations at the castle as part of the ‘Castles in Communities’ project. The welcome party will kick off at 4 pm and will feature a recital by Castlerea Brass & Reed Band and local piper, Patrick Greenway, as well as guest speakers. This will be followed by a Garden Party and BBQ at Garvey’s pub with music and dancing on the night.
Ceili dancing will take place from 7.30 pm to 9 pm each Wednesday (10th, 17th and 24th) throughout the month of July with Mildred Beirne at Garvey’s pub and this will be followed by weekly trad sessions.
On Sunday, July 14th there will be a guided looped walk with Michael Bell from 3 pm. The walk will take place from Ballintubber Castle to Willsgrove Hall, returning to the castle.
Spend a day in the bog with Garvey’s bar on Monday, July 15th and experience turf cutting, footing and clamping. There will be tea, eggs, brown bread and bacon served after the ‘hard work’ is done! Those attending will assemble in Garvey’s car park at 12 noon.
David Swift will present a medieval workshop featuring the Viking period at the Old Schoolhouse at 8 pm on Tuesday, 16th.
On Friday, 26th St. Brigid’s Well will play host to a Celtic Spirituality Service and St. Brigid’s Cross making demonstration from 7.30 pm. This will be followed by a lecture exploring Irish Lore and Mythology by Con Connor at the Old Schoolhouse at 8.30 pm.
Mary Timoney will present a lecture at the Old Graveyard on Saturday, July 27th at 11 am with the official opening of Heritage Weekend taking place in the Old Schoolhouse at 12.30 pm. Heritage Weekend will officially start with an exhibition of butter making, traditional brown bread making, crafts country market, car boot sale and much more.
There will also be guided tours of Ballintubber Castle, tea and scones served in the Old Schoolhouse, food outlets and children’s events throughout the day. A guided tour of the village will take place at 2 pm.
On Sunday, July 28th visitors to Ballintubber can enjoy a demonstration on traditional hay making at 2 pm followed by a visit to Willsgrove Hall and tug o’war at Garvey’s pub. There will be evening entertainment from the local comhaltas group in Kenny’s bar.
Ballintubber is all set for another busy Heritage Festival with plenty more events to be confirmed so keep an eye out for further events on the Ballintubber Facebook page.