Lough Gur prepares to mark Summer Solstice

Aine Fitzgerald

Reporter:

Aine Fitzgerald

IN celebration of the summer solstice which falls on next Tuesday, June 21, the ancient landscape of Lough Gur is hosting a six-day festival of music, dance, poetry and song.

IN celebration of the summer solstice which falls on next Tuesday, June 21, the ancient landscape of Lough Gur is hosting a six-day festival of music, dance, poetry and song.

The Summer Solstice Fest at Lough Gur which was revived in 2006 is now in its fifth year and is going from strength to strength. “Last year we had over 2,000 people attend the lake for the family fun day,” said Roseanne Dunne, marketing facilitator, with Lough Gur Development Association. “And this year we hope to exceed that number with our exciting programme of events,” she added.

The festival, which began on Thursday, finishes on Tuesday, June 21 - with a long walk on the longest day of the year.

Registration takes place at the lake front at 7.30pm. This walk will take approximately three hours and will be primarily over hill and field with beautiful views from the top of four of the hills in the area – Carrig Aille, Killalough Hill, Knockderk and Knocksrahir. “We want to convey a big thank you to all the farmers for allowing the walk to go through the lands,” said Ms Barry.

All are welcome on the walk and tea and sandwiches will be served in Reardons afterwards.