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Footsteps of the Celts Coach Tour
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 10:30  
 
 
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Una Walsh, our local guide will lead you on a intimate experience with a restricted number tour to celebrate the turning of the seasons, the start of the traditional Celtic summer on the 1st May Lá Bealtaine, it is a cross-quarter day, halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice.

The celebration of Beltaine is a rural pre-Christian tradition which saw communities come together to revel in the passing of a long winter of isolation and to prepare for the hard work of the rest of the year.  The word’s origin is in the old Irish Bel taine meaning bright fire.  Celts believed the sun was held prisoner during winter months only to be released each spring to rule the summer sky, and they celebrated this mythic release with fire ceremonies and a huge feast to mark the occasion. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth.

The tour will visit Dorsey, Gates of Ulster to the royal seat of Ulaid and will journey through the breath-taking landscape tracing the pagan story as it is absorbed into a Christian setting. Every peak and valley carries a story, and our Celtic Roots are near the surface influencing the human dramas that soak the hills of South Armagh.

The tour will include an interactive workshop in Libby’s Tearoom in Silverbridge. This workshop will be an exploration of the Celtic Wheel, a beautiful themed garden which links traditional plantings and herbal lore in a lovely calm atmosphere. Libby’s is part of Finnegan’s garden centre and serves tasty lunches and afternoon teas, time will be set aside to enjoy some delicious food here, but this is not provided as part of the cost of the tour. Please go to www.finnegansnursery.com for menus, pricing etc

Tickets:  Booking is essential, Click here. Please note that these tours will start and finish at Crossmaglen Community Center.

Adults – £30 adult per tour

Concession – £25 per tour (16 & under, 60 & over and students with a valid student card)

Crossmaglen Community Centre, O’Fiaich Square
Crossmaglen, BT35 9HG

Location Crossmaglen Community Centre
41 Cardinal O’Fiaich Square
Crossmaglen
Co Armagh
BT35 9HG
028 3086 1949
 
 



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