The Táin March Festival set to arrive at Moorehall Lodge Ardee
- May 29, 2017
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This year the Táin March will arrive at Moorehall Lodge on Thursday June 1st at around 1.00pm.
Rita from Moorehall Lodge will be our Queen Medb, and will greet Ferdia. There will be music and poetry alongside displays of scrolls and tapestry relating to the Táin March. Paul Gosling will also give a talk on the journey taken by Queen Medb and her army.
The Táin March Festival was established in 2011 as a community walking festival to celebrate and promote the epic tale of Táin Bo Cuailnge, The Cattle Raid of Cooley.
The events are said to have taken place about the time of Christ and involved the armies of Connacht & Ulster in a titanic struggle over a prize bull called Donn Cuailnge. The battle between Ferdia and Cuchulainn took place at a ford along the River Dee in Ardee. There is a bronze statue on the northern side of the river of Cuchulainn holding Ferdia, where he took his last breath on land not ruled by Queen Medb’s armies.
The March initially started as a heritage walk from Ardee to Carlingford in Co. Louth, tracing the route of Queen Medb and her army.
In 2015 the Táin March festival started in Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon, where Queen Medb began her quest for the Brown Bull of Cooley, walking the 261 kilometres to its journey’s end in Omeath, Co. Louth.
The walk this year will commence on May 19th and complete its journey on June 5th.