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Lúnasa Festival 2019 – Booley Site Hike

Lúnasa Festival 2019 – Booley Site Hike

Join Seamus Murphy, a knowledgeable and experienced hill walker, for a guided hike on Slieve Gullion Mountain to learn about the ancient summer tradition of the Booley. Transhumance or booleying saw cattle herds being driven to mountain grazing at the feast of Bealtaine to keep the lowland grass for winter. The young people of the community herded the cattle and milked the cows while older women churned butter.

Jumbles of stones or low walls on patches of bright green grass alongside watercourses show where the booley huts once stood. Seamus will lead this hike to the Ballintemple booley sites, looking for the old droving routes and signs of human habitation such as abandoned potato beds.

This hike will take place on open mountain with sections of boggy ground: hiking boots are essential (trainers are not sufficient).

Cost: £5 – booking essential via Eventbrite.

Further information: Contact Seamus on +3538 7367 1861 or by email.

This event is part of the Mourne Gullion Strangford proposed UNESCO Global Geopark.

Please park in the overflow car park; the gravel car park on the left-hand-side as you approach the main forest park.

Event Details

Lúnasa Festival 2019 – Booley Site Hike takes place on August 18, 2019.
It starts at 10.00 and ends at 14.00.

Event Location

Departs from:
Visitor Information Office
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
89 Drumintee Road
BT35 8SW
Lottery Funded
NIEA DoE N&M DC Biodiversity

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Crossmaglen Community Centre,
O’Fiaich Square,
BT35 9AA.

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Slieve Gullion Forest Park: +44 (0)28 3025 6670
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