Series of events planned for Heritage Weekend

Ballintubber will play host to a series of interesting events from Saturday, July 22nd to Sunday, July 23rd as part of Heritage Weekend.

The weekend kicks off at 11 am on the Saturday with a talk in the Old Graveyard with archaeologist Mary Timoney. Then, at 12.30 pm, the official opening of Heritage activities will take place at the Old Schoolhouse complete with street stalls, crafts and entertainment. This will be followed by a visit to the old village forge.

The family fun continues from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Old Schoolhouse when a magician pays a visit to Ballintubber! There will also be face-painting, an ice cream van, and tea and scones. While all this is going on, there will be demonstrations of old-time hay cutting using scythes at 1.30 pm.

At 2 pm, learn more about Ballintubber Castle and grounds by taking part in a guided tour with visiting archaeological students from the United States. You can also take part in an archaeological dig!

At 3 pm, and if you still have energy left after all that digging, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Ballintubber’s past during a historical village walk which takes in St Brigid’s Well, Old Schoolhouse, Kenny’s Old Bar, and Colm Daly’s fascinating vintage shop.

The highlight of the entire weekend takes place at 7.30 pm on Saturday night live from Ballintubber Castle grounds, as this year’s King and Queen are inaugurated. Admission is €10 for adults and €5 for children and the event includes old time games, medieval refreshments, and a spectacular Sound and Light Show. This event is a fundraiser for Ballintubber Development Association and the committee would be grateful for your support.

The weekend winds down on Sunday with the annual cemetery mass from 11.30 am and a visit to Willsgrove Hall for music, dancing, and stories at 3 pm.

There promises to be something for everyone next weekend in Ballintubber…don’t miss it!