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Lúnasa Festival 2021 – Creatures of the Night Talks

Lúnasa Festival 2021 – Creatures of the Night Talks
Join us for our Creatures of the Night Talks in the beautiful setting of National Trust’s Derrymore House, Bessbrook, Newry.

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

Do you have a budding David Attenborough or Chris Packham in the family?

If so, join the Ring of Gullion Team for a wildlife night with a difference in the beautiful setting of Derrymore House, Bessbrook. Join site manager and experienced ‘moth-er’ and bat detective Rosemary Mulholland to watch and listen for bats and other mammals and perhaps trap a moth. It’s a great chance for all the family to have a close encounter with wildlife!

There are two sessions to the event, on Friday 27th August evening, Rosemary will show how moth traps are set up and take participants on a bat walk of the grounds. The next morning, the traps will be opened and the treasure within revealed and identified.

Both sessions are free and open to all but need to be booked separately. Each session is limited to 12 people so please book early to confirm your place.

Rapid COVID-19 tests – known as Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests

The use of LFD testing is important as an additional measure alongside the range of existing safety measures in place. It is important to remember that, even with a negative LFD test, continue to follow all other public health and safety measures in place.

It is strongly recommended that anyone participating in, or attending, any event should test themselves before they attend, and on days 2 and 8 after the event. The purpose of this testing is to identify any positive cases in advance of the event, and allow them to self-isolate. Post event testing will also help to identify any asymptomatic COVID-19 infections arising from the event, or social interactions that may occur before or after an organised event.

Rapid COVID-19 tests can be obtained by anyone who requires them, free of charge. Rapid test packs can be ordered online for free delivery to your home.

You can also order them for collection in a number of locations across NI:

Find where to get rapid lateral flow tests – NHS (

If anyone has symptoms of COVID-19, they should self-isolate and book a PCR test immediately. Please do not attend events unless you receive a negative PCR test.  PCR tests are available at testing sites across Northern Ireland and can be booked at:  

Event Details

Lúnasa Festival 2021 – Creatures of the Night Talks takes place on August 27, 2021 until August 28, 2021.
It starts at 7:30pm and ends at 10:00pm.

Event Location

National Trust - Derrymore House, Bessbrook, Newry.
Lottery Funded
NIEA DoE N&M DC Biodiversity

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O’Fiaich Square,
BT35 9AA.

Tel: +44 (0)330 137 4898


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