In ancient times, people gathered on Brí Léith (Ardagh Mountain) to collect bilberries for the High King’s Lughnasa feast in Tara. The tradition of Bilberry Sunday, the last Sunday of July, continued until the mid 1960s. The community got together to bring the tradition alive in July 2012 and every year there is a walk and a search for the ever elusive bilberries. This annual community walk will start from Ardagh GAA pitch at 11am. This year we have a day long event to celebrate the new walkway on Brí Leith which we are all so grateful to @LongfordTourism for making happen:
11am Meet and park outside the GAA pitch in Ardagh for a tour of Ardagh Eco Gardens with Brendan Farrell
12pm Walk on Hill, led by Brendan.
1.30pm Depending on weather, Picnic on the hill or return to Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre. Scéalta Beo will perform with the storytelling of the legend of Midir and Etain. (Bring your own picnic)
2.30pm Visiting Vikings @JofurDrengir perform shield wall and combating skills at Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre with the opportunity for young recruits to fight the Vikings.
Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.
4pm Adel Coleman lecture on update regarding the King at the Back of the Hill: ‘Life at Back of the Hill Early Medieval Enclosure’
This will be a Free event thanks to the support of @Creative Ireland – Longford. It is also in conjunction with Cruthú Arts Festival.
Various Event Tickets are also available at our Festival Office: 14 Dublin Street, Longford. For more information call Sharon on 043 3344004
This project was assisted by Longford Local Community Development Committee, Longford Community Resources Clg. and Longford County Council through the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014-2020 which is part-financed by the EU, “The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas” and the Department of Rural & Community Development