Tain Summer Festival kicks off this Thursday, June 7th in Ardee and continues up until June 18th

Festival events include the Tain March from Ardee to Carlingford, screenings of Ireland first three EURO 2012 matches and free cinema screenings.

Festival events include the Tain March from Ardee to Carlingford, screenings of Ireland first three EURO 2012 matches and free cinema screenings.

The schedule is as follows: June 3rd-June 10th: Táin March 2012

Sunday June 3

11.30am: ‘The Birth of Cuchullain’ at Scotch Hall, Drogheda. This is a small re-enactment lasting about 7 minutes.

Thursday June7

6.15pm: Gather at the Super Value shopping centre car park, Ardee.

6.30pm: March to Riverside Walk. An army replicating the army of Queen Maeve of Connaught, will gather and camp at the Ford in Ardee, Co.Louth to re-enact the battle between great friends, Ferdia and Cuchulainn.

7.30pm: Grand feast in Ardee Castle with roasted pig, harpist and a talk on the Táin Epic followed by music & craic in Ferdia Arms.

Friday June 8

2pm: Depart Ardee for Tallanstown (distance 4.5 miles)

4pm: Arrive Tallanstown. March on to Louth (distance 2.5 miles)

5pm: Arrive Louth. March on to Knockbridge (distance 2.5 miles)

7pm: Arrive Knockbridge for Re-enactment at the “field of the bull” by Knockbridge community,with refreshment at Stephenstown pond

Saturday June 9

12noon: Leave Knockbridge for Dundalk (distance 4 miles)

1.45pm: Arrive at outskirts of Dundalk (Clarke’s Filling station)

2.30pm: Arrive at Dundalk Market Square encampment for re-enactment.

4.30pm: Depart Dundalk and March on to Bellurgan Park (distance 5 miles)

6.15pm: Arrive Bellurgan Park

Sunday June 10

10.30am: Depart Bellurgan Park and March across the mountain to Glenmore.

2.30pm: Meet Scout army division at Barrys Glenmore and cross mountain to Carlingford

3.45pm: Arrive in Carlingford for Cuchulainn’s banquet. They will be fed with salted bread, a Celtic custom that ensures no fights will break out among the warriors, while there. A great feast will follow in Carlingford before they set off in search of the Brown Bull.

Dress up and join the Táin March

The Táin March is set to be a fantastic weekend long event with plenty of fun and entertainment available for people of all ages and walks of life.

If you would like to join in for all or part of the Táin March then you must wear the dress of the time (1AD)

Men and women, boys and girls all marched in Maeve’s army. There were chieftains, soldiers, blacksmiths, kings, queens, weapon makers, cooks, scouts princes, princesses, young and old. Everyone marched! Women were equal to the men, and some of them were soldiers and warriors too.

Celtic clothing can be made very little time or expense. Go to the Táin March website www.tainmarch.com for further information and images.

A brochure aimed at children and explaining the epic that is The Táin and also the dress of the time has already been circulated amongst selected local primary schools.

If you are coming along on the Táin March then remember to bring good walking shoes or boots, but simply disguise them with cloth. If you do not wish to join the march please dress up and come to greet Queen Maeve and her army in any of the towns along the route- Beidh céad míle fáilte romhat!

A rucksack is also advisable. They will be taken by a vehicle following the March and you will have access all day.

If you wish you can book your own bed and breakfast accommodation along the route close to stop-overs. Arrangements will be made to get you to and from this accommodation.

For further information on the Táin March : www.tainmarch.com ; e-mail info@carlingfordandmourne.com or phone (042) 9373646

June 10th, 14th and 18th: EURO 2012 on the Big Screen

As Ireland gears up for what we all hope will be a fantastic campaign in Euro 2012, each of Ireland’s initial three matches will be screened live and FREE from the Big Screen at Dundalk’s Market Square.

Due to the necessary monitoring of numbers attending the live screenings, it will be necessary for spectators to collect free tickets available from the Dundalk TCCM Office at the Market Square, McCuskers, Park Street, Photospeed, Longwalk SC and Marshes Shopping Centre in the days running up to each match.

Throughout the week Pelican Promotions are sponsoring free inflatable bouncy castles for all events including a ‘free toddler area’ during the Irish matches.

For those who want to try their luck there will be a ‘Beat the Dundalk FC Keeper’ event before everyone turns their attention to the all important matches.

Ireland V Croatia, Sunday June 10

With highlights of Italia ’90 on the big screen, Irish rock band The Fuzzy Burgers will keep the crowds entertained until kick off at 7.45pm

Half time entertainment will be from Freestyle football juggler Mark Tiernan.

Tickets available free from May 30th

Ireland V Spain, Thursday June 14

Once again spectators will have the chance to relive the glory days of Italia ’90 along with a performance from Dundalk’s own The Long Riders before another 7.45pm kick off.

Half time entertainment for this event will be from award winning Freestyle Football juggler Daniel Dennehy.

Tickets for admission to this live and Free screening are available from Monday, June 11th

Ireland V Italy, Monday June 18

With Italia ’90 on the big screen and The Fuzzy Burgers on stage the atmosphere will be set for the 7.45 kick off.

Tickets for the Ireland V Italy will be available from Monday June 11th

Ticket outlets: Dundalk TCCM Office, Market Square, McCuskers, Earl Street; News & Deli, Park Street; Photospeed, Longwalk SC and the Marshes Shopping Centre.

June 12th, 13th, 16th and 17th: Popcorn time - FREE cinema screenings at the Market Square

Tuesday, June 12: Finding Nemo (sponsored by Element Design) The story of the overly protective clownfish Marlin (Albert Brooks) who, along with a regal tang called Dory (Ellen DeGeneres), searches for his abducted son Nemo (Alexander Gould).

Wednesday, June 13: Mamma Mia (sponsored by Tony McDonnell) The 2008 musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the West End/Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA, with additional music composed by ABBA member Benny Andersson.

Saturday, June 16: Shrek stars Mike Myers as a big, strong, solitude-loving, intimidating ogre named Shrek who finds love with Cameron Diaz as the beautiful, feisty, but very down-to-earth Princess Fiona. Add Eddie Murphy as the talkative Donkey; and John Lithgow as the villain Lord Farquaad and you’ve a recipe for one of the most successful animated movies ever.

Sunday, June 17: Titanic (sponsored by RQ O’Neill) Oscar winning fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet as members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Táin Summer Festival Road Closures

Streets affected

Crowe Street (from Market Square to Defenders Row)

Clanbrassil Street (from junction of Ma rket St to junction of Crowe St)

Market Square (from junction of Long Walk to junction of Earl St)

Road closures occur as follows

Saturday 9th June: 1.30pm-8.30pm

Sunday 10th June: 7am-10.30pm

Thursday 14th June: 4.30-10.30pm

Friday 15th June: 4.30-10.30pm

Saturday 16th June: 4.30-10.30pm

Monday 18th June: 4.30-10.30pm

Sunday 24th June: 4.30-10.30pm

Restricted pedestrian access from Earl Street to Market Square will be in place on:

Sunday 10th June: 7am-10.30pm

Thursday 14th June: 5.30pm-10.30pm

Monday 18th June: 5.30pm-10.30pm

Alternative routes available for traffic:

Access to the Longwalk via the Demesne will remain open at all times

Access to Clanbrassil Street will remain open as far as the junction with Market St

Access to Clanbrassil Street will be via Market St, Church St, Yorke St and Griffith Place

Exit from Clanbrassil St will be via Bachelor’s Walk, Yorke St, Griffith Place & Church St

Táin Summer Festival sponsors

Prometric is the main sponsor of the Táin Summer Festival.

Additional Sponsors include Fáilte Ireland, Dundalk Town Council, digitalswitchover.ie; Louth County Council. Oxigen, pelican Promotions, Dundalk FC, Harvey Norman, Element Design, Desighnorth.ie; Photospeed.ie; Horseware Ireland, Stageandlighting.ie, Crowne Plaza, Educogym, Phoenix bar, Cargotec, Tony McDonnell, RQ O’Neill.