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Lúnasa Festival 2021 -Hidden Forkhill – Through History, Poetry and Song

Lúnasa Festival 2021 -Hidden Forkhill – Through History, Poetry and Song
Immerse yourself in this beautiful historic walk followed by traditional poetry, song and delicious award winning local food.

Come along to the Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival 2021 and immerse yourself in the rich landscape, culture and heritage of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This festival is part of the Mourne-Gullion-Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark of events and is funded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. To find a full list of events visit

Join Venora, your tour guide and storyteller, on a gentle 2 hour circular walk to explore the fascinating plantation village of Forkhill; highlighting its history during the 18th-21st century. You will visit the Peace Park, The Plantain and Urney graveyard the resting place of local poet and rapparee, Peadar O’Doirnin where on Saturday the local traditional and folk singer Colleen Savage will perform at O’Doirnin’s graveside and on Sunday’s walk, Miceál Quinn another local and talented Seanos singer son of the late Mick Ned Quinn RIP .

You will be treated to tales of Poets and Folklore while walking through breath taking scenery and along hidden trails. Afterwards, relax with Ann Marie in her village pub tasting vegetarian soup, bread and chutney and enjoy an evening of traditional music and song led by Ring of Gullion Comhaltas accompanied by Colleen Savage on the Saturday event and Miceál Quinn on Sunday.

This sensory experience will immerse the visitor in the history, poetry, food and music of Forkhill. It will enhance your historical perspective of South Armagh, and enable you to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Ring of Gullion, traditional music and award winning food. The walk includes a visit to the little known Urney graveyard, burial place of Poet and historian Peadar O’Doirnin. This circular walk is on a mix of road, grass, and country tracks, with relatively gentle inclines. We meet and finish at the Welcome Inn pub, Forkhill, where for almost 50 years now The Ring of Gullion Comhaltas have nurtured the music, song and storytelling of South Armagh.

Rainproof gear and stout walking shoes are strongly recommended. Suitable for children over 6 years accompanied by a parent. Please inform your guide of any relevant medical conditions.

Click here to book. Choice of either Saturday or Sunday dates. Booking is essential.

Cost: £22.15.

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Event Details

Lúnasa Festival 2021 -Hidden Forkhill – Through History, Poetry and Song takes place on July 31, 2021 until August 1, 2021.
It starts at 4:00pm and ends at 7:00pm.

Event Location

Welcome Inn
35 Main Street
BT35 9SQ
Lottery Funded
NIEA DoE N&M DC Biodiversity

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Ring of Gullion AONB
Crossmaglen Community Centre,
O’Fiaich Square,
BT35 9AA.

Tel: +44 (0)330 137 4898


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