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Lúnasa Festival 2021 – Walking the Poets Trail to Urney

Lúnasa Festival 2021 – Walking the Poets Trail to Urney

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

With Venora as your guide walk through tranquil lush countryside to the ancient Urney graveyard, showcasing the life of Peadar O’ Doirnin. One of Oriels’ most famous Poets and Scholars, O’ Doirnin is best known for penning the lyrics of Mna ana hEireann, immortalised in music by Sean O’Rioda, Enya and Sinead O’Connor. Listen to Poetry or Sean Nos singing at his graveside. En route , crisscross the border as you walk, forage along the hedgerows and riverside. Hear stories of legendary warriors and life in the area from the 18th century to the present day. An immersive and unforgettable experience!

Terrain is mainly countryside and river trails. Some uneven sections and a small stile. Initial section on the road. Please wear stout footwear and bring raingear. Suncream advisable . Bring water and a snack.

Please advise the leader in confidence if you, or anyone in your party , suffers from a condition that could impede your safety. Fully Covid compliant.

Click here for booking. Booking is essential.

Cost: £16.76

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 – Walking the Poets Trail to Urney takes place on August 22, 2021.
It starts at 2:00pm and ends at 4:30pm.

Event Location

Meet at Larkins Pub, Forkhill, BT 35 9RP, Newry at 14.00, Sunday, 22nd August, 2021.
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