Ardee prepares for Táin Festival 2012

Dundalk’s Táin 2012 will begin this year in Ardee with the arrival of the historic Táin March on Saturday 9 June.

Dundalk’s Táin 2012 will begin this year in Ardee with the arrival of the historic Táin March on Saturday 9 June.

It will then move on to Knockbridge. This will be followed by nine days of events including family entertainment, open air concerts and, of course, the eagerly awaited Euro 2012 matches on the big screen at the Market Square Dundalk. Last year a large group of warriors gathered in Ardee to join Queen Maeve’s army.

Maeve led her army of mighty Connacht Warriors on horseback through Ardee as she set out to capture the Brown Bull of Cooley.

Everyone dressed in authentic costumes made from old rags, rugs, blankets, cornsacks, with brooches, belts and headbands sandals and, very importantly, weapons, made from broom handles and cardboard.

The colourful army marched through the streets to great fanfare to the site of the battle between Cuchulainn and Ferdia which was restaged by Reaghstown Drama Group.

After laying Ferdia to rest, the army settled down to a pig-on-a-spit Celtic feast in Ardee Castle where prizes were awarded for best costumes.

Vouchers were kindly donated by local businesses and hopefully this year’s re-inactment will be just as successful.

It received generous sponsorship from Ardee Community Development Company which manages Ardee Business Park.