It’s Heritage Weekend in Ballintubber

The Eileen Óg Heritage Festival Weekend at Ballintubber will take place from Saturday, July 16th, until Friday, July 22nd. It will begin on the Saturday at 1 pm, with an exhibition of cooking and crafts. There will also be vintage cars and a country market.

  On Saturday, 16th of July, as part of the Eileen Óg Heritage Festival, there is a rare opportunity for the public to have a look inside the bawn at Ballintubber Castle and see a real archaeological dig in action.  

  A group of more than 50 US archaeology students and academics are working on the site, researching and carrying out an archaeological excavation, as part of the ‘Castles in Community Archaeology Field School’.

  Access to the castle and dig is by guided tour and tours take place at 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm.

  Among the highlights on Sunday, July 17th, are a historical village walk, a horse-shoeing demonstration at the Old Forge and scenes from the 1916 Rising in the Old Schoolhouse.

  Among the highlights on Monday, July 18th, will be a Medieval Camp for children at the Old Schoolhouse at 2 pm, featuring storytelling and dressing up in medieval costume. Booking is essential.

  On Thursday, July 21st, there will be a Farewell Party, with a barbecue and music by ‘Moonlight Serenaders’ and ‘Irish Showtime’.

  On Friday, July 22nd, there will be a Swords & Daggers Display at Ballintubber Castle at 8 pm. There will be music sessions in Kenny’s and Garvey’s.