Ballintubber Heritage Festival kicks off with Heritage Weekend

Heritage celebrations kicked off on Wednesday in Ballintubber, and are set to continue all month, with an extensive schedule of events and activities taking  place in the local village.

A part of the month-long celebrations, Ballintubber’s ‘Heritage Weekend’ runs from July 15th to 17th inclusive. Following historical presentations at the Old School on Wednesday and the ‘Day in the Bog’ event (from 2 pm) on Thursday, this weekend will see a huge array of further events taking place. This year’s Heritage Weekend is sure to have something for everyone, so come along and join in the celebrations!

For the past two weeks, the village has been hosting almost seventy archaeology students and faculty from the United States, and this weekend, Ballintubber will be welcoming even more visitors from abroad.

As part of Heritage Weekend, Ballintubber is inviting people to come and join the excavation at the castle and surrounding area, enjoy guided tours, lectures on anthropology, archaeology, genealogy and more, and hear from a visitor from Australia who has traced his ancestors to the old graveyard from famine times.



Friday’s heritage celebrations will begin at 11.30 am, when the Biodiversity QR Coding Project will be launched by Christopher of Flynn Furey Environmental Consultancy. A guided tour of the trail will also take place, starting at the Castle Green.



On Saturday, July 16th, a host of activities will take place. At 11 am there’s a presentation by Mary Timoney at the old graveyard. Then, from 12-4 pm, there will be over twenty trade/craft street stalls in the village. And there will be an ice cream van there too! Magician Denver Coyne will be present to perform some tricks for the younger attendees. There will be tea and homemade scones in Old Schoolhouse, as well as demonstrations on making traditional bread and potato cakes, and on making traditional weaving and other crafts.

Guided tours of the castle will run at 2 pm, and a children and adults’ archaeological dig will be taking place all day on Saturday. In addition, there will be a display of all the artefacts found to date, as well as a display of old farm equipment and tools, and lots of  street entertainment. Food will be served in Garvey’s Bar as part of the festivities.



The Heritage Weekend celebrations continue on Sunday, July 17th, when Ballintubber’s annual cemetery mass takes place at 11.30 pm, followed by demonstrations on how to make a St Brigid’s Cross at St Brigid’s Well. The day’s festivities also include a pony drive, a demonstration on traditional haymaking, and a trip to Willsgrove Hall.

Sunday’s celebrations conclude with a monster auction in Kenny’s Bar, with all proceeds in aid of the local Tidy Towns. There will be a free BBQ and music by Eamon Jackson on the day, so it is sure to be a great evening. Come along and show your support.

To find out more about the heritage celebrations taking place in Ballintubber, visit the village’s website,, or find Ballintubber Tidy Towns on Facebook.