Emain Macha – Navan Fort, Armagh Navan fort is our first entry portal into the 11 day long progress around Ireland. When this journey’s planning began it was imperative that North and South were honoured as one land mass as it was in ancient times. As the wisdom of the Tuatha De Danann rises with each step we have taken, we follow their lead… We will meet at the fort and the coordinates given are for road side parking at the pedestrian entrance. We will not be entering through the interpretive centre or the car park there.
Omagh – Memorial Garden, Tyrone As I listened into our trip to Armagh I had thought to organise an Oíche Comhluadar to include people in N.I. in our activities. I spent some time asking around but nothing was landing. Not knowing a base of people in N.I. I realised it was time to let it go. In the meantime I kept hearing a whispering of Omagh. Having no connection to Omagh (in this lifetime) I was inclined to let that go too, but Omagh persisted. I felt that if nothing else I would book us beds for the night. As I went to organise accommodation I decided to Google Omagh first. The first article that showed up for me told that August 12th 2018 is the 20th Anniversary of the Omagh Bombing. In the article the commemoration committee were suggesting that this year might be their last annual commemoration of the very tragic event, that shook the lives of many both North and South of the then border.
We will arrive in Omagh on September 13th and hold a ritual of peace at 7.30pm at the Omagh Memorial Garden. If you are called to join us we will meet you there.
Grianán of Aileach, Donegal From Omagh we travel over the border North to Donegal. At Grianán of Aileach we reach our 2nd Tuatha De Danann portal.
Last year preparing a Christmas gift for my mother, I converted many old slides of family pictures from the 1970’s and 1980’s. One was of my brothers and I climbing on an old fort. I did not know the name of it but was captivated by the picture. When the photo book was complete and presented to Mother she stopped at this photo and declared that the place had given her the creeps. Mother is a sensitive but does not acknowledge it. She does not distinguish a good feeling because it feels OK or normal to her but if she experiences something unfamiliar it is logged as creepy or unpleasant. Each time anyone came to this picture Mother made further comment. I began to hear what she was saying was for me to listen more deeply. Grianán of Aileach was on the itinerary!
Following Grianán we will travel south to Kilcar, Co. Donegal to gather – Comhluadar – as clan or family, to share stories, inform and be informed. We invite you to join us to share your stories and songs as we build the matrix for our onward journey. Please follow the link in the brown bar to book for this Comhluadar. Location and address will be provided when you confirm your booking.