Tain March returns to Dundalk

Festival: Local schools will be visited as the march hits Louth

Barry Landy


Barry Landy



Tain March returns to Dundalk

The 2018 An Tain March will, as ever, come through Dundalk early next month on the home straight as it makes its way from Roscommon to Omeath. 

This year's event gets underway on Friday May 18th in Rathcroghan in Roscommon and the 260km journey will come to an end in Omeath on the June Bank Holiday Monday, June 4th. 

The marchers will take in places such as Longford, Granard and Kells before stopping in Ardee and making it's way further north through Louth.

As ever, Dundalk local Helena Mullins will be reprising her role as Queen Mebh. 

This year’s event will incorporate hedge schools in Longford, Granard and Dundalk while workshops will also be taking place in schools in Kells, Oristown, Bellurgan and Cooley.

It will arrive to Ardee, from Rathkenny, on June 1st before visiting Stephenstown and the Dundalk Hedge School at Dundalk Youth Centre on Saturday.

A Dundalk/Cooley Hedge School will take place Cúchulainn’s Castle.

The Táin March first started in 2011 as a heritage walk, with its route travelling from Ardee to Carlingford, mimicking the route taken by Queen Medb and her army in their pursuit of capturing The Brown Bull of Cooley.

In 2015, the route extended and now there are more steps than ever on the 18 day trek.

Anyone can take part at whatever part of the March they like.

More details will be finalised closer to the time, so keep an eye on the Tain March Festival Facebook page.

The route of the 2018 Tain March in full is as follows:

Friday, May 18th: Rathcroghan to Lissonuffy.

Saturday, May 19th: Lissonuffy to Clondra.

Sunday, May 20th: Clondra to Longford (Hedge School in Longford that evening).

Friday, May 25th: Hedge School in Granard.

Thursday, May 31st: Teltown to Rathkenny.

Friday, June 1st: Rathkenny to Ardee.

Saturday, June 2nd: Stephenstown/Dundalk Hedge School at Dundalk Youth Centre.

Sunday, June 3rd: Dundalk/Cooley Hedge School at Cúchulainn’s Castle.

Last year, the Tain March Festival won an Arts and Culture award at the Louth PPN Community and Voluntary Awards 2017.

The gong, presented during the annual Louth PPN Awards ceremony at Bellingham Castle, was in recognition of the festival's continued and very valuable contribution to life in the county.