Moorehall Lodge will be the centre of festivities when the Tain March arrives at one of its spiritual homes in Ardee on Friday (June 3) at 1.30pm.
Ardonians are asked to gather at Moorehall Lodge when the march, led by Queen Maeve, rolls into the town at the centre of the Cuchulainn legend.
The march will be accompanied by members of the 27th Infantry Battalion, from Aiken Barracks in Dundalk, and will be met by a pageant involving the Ardee community as a whole.
The nine-day heritage march starts in Co Roscommon and follows the route of Queen Maeve and her army, ending on the shores of Carlingford Lough in Omeath on Monday June 6.
“Ardee – otherwise known as the Ford of Ferdia – is at the heart of the Tain’s mythology, and is the scene of the fight between Cuchulainn and Ferdia for the Brown Bull of Cooley,” said Frances Byrne, Social and Recreational Activities coordinator at Moorehall Lodge Ardee.
“The community have come together to give Queen Maeve’s army a real Ardee welcome, with music, art, performance and plenty of craic.”
Music is going to be supplied by The Monastery National School tin whistle group, led by Bartle Woods, playing a specially-composed March tune by Gerry O’Connor.
The Scoil Mhuire Na Trocaire girls school will be at the heart of the pageant with their home-made shields.
“Anna Keenan and the Ardee Ladies Group have made a Celtic tapestry of Cuchulainn and Ferdia, and poetry will be recited by Alice Carolan,” said Breege Conlon, Moorehall Retirement Village Co-ordinator.
“The residents of Moorehall Lodge nursing home and Moorehall Retirement Village have been busy making brooches and tabards with our resident artist Rachel, and our staff and residents will be dressed up in period costume for the occasion.
“Professor Paul Gosling, a renowned expert on The Tain and its archeological history will be talking on the significance of the march in Ferdia House.
“We will also be hosting an exhibition on Ardee’s part in the March in Ferdia House.”
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