- The Fastest Growing Grass-Roots Festival In South Armagh

Over the last three years the annual Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival has gone from strength to strength becoming the fastest growing grass-roots Festival In South Armagh. Festival organisers are now reaching out to individuals or groups who would like to get involved as a partner.

Coordinated by the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme (RoGLPS) it has worked closely with a huge range of community groups and individuals to develop one of the region’s fastest growing grass-roots festivals.

The Lúnasa Festival showcases the heritage of the Ring of Gullion Area. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ www.newry.ie
The Lúnasa Festival showcases the heritage of the Ring of Gullion Area. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ www.newry.ie

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson Councillor Roisin Mulgrew said, “The Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival takes place across South Armagh during August and was established through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is part funded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. The Festival showcases the rich and diverse landscape, heritage and talents of the Ring of Gullion area through a wide range of indoor and outdoor events so that there is something for locals and visitors alike.”

Cllr Mulgrew continued, “The Lúnasa Festival, has grown in size and reach since its inception. Part of its success is the broad range of partners who work together, bringing their own unique ideas and energy to the different events. So, to enable the continued growth of the Festival in 2018, RoGLPS is opening the door to new groups and people who may be interested in being a partner this year.”

There are two ways the RoGLPS can help partners to run successful heritage events. One method is as Independent Partners, organisers of established self-sufficient events can take advantage of free additional marketing under the Lúnasa Festival brand.  Events will be promoted in the events guide, on the Partnership website and generally through Ireland-wide promotion of the Lúnasa Festival. Alternatively, people wanting to start a new event or whose events are not yet self-sufficient can become Assisted Partners and will be able to take advantage of not only the marketing but also additional support, which may be contributions towards things you need to run the event, additional staffing to run the event or support in organising the event.

If you, your club or business would like to become a partner for a bigger and better Lúnasa Festival for 2018, further information and an application pack can be downloaded via www.ringofgullion.org/publication/event-toolkit or by calling 028 3082 8594.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on 28 February 2018.

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