When Is it Happening?
22nd to 25th may 2015
Various locations around Belmullet and Erris
Now it's time to celebrate with the people of Belmullet and Erris.The Clann Lir Festival announces four days of exceptional region-wide events to celebrate one of Ireland’s most famous legends from 22nd to 25th of May.The festival is a fantastic showcase for the area while embracing Ireland's cultural heritage. This four-day programme is packed full of unmissable events, many of them free to attend, taking place throughout Belmullet and the Erris region and will run for four days from May 22nd to 25th. Kicking things off on Friday afternoon 22nd May the bell will toll as it did in the legend at the local heritage centre, Ionad Debhila. The story will be told from a giant handwritten book and the festival felt artwork will be unveiled. The local golf club will host the Clann Lir Challenge and with special offers on menus and local seafood throughout followed by traditional music is Una's, Blacksod it's sure to be a great way to start the weekend. Saturday is packed with activity in Belmullet starting with Kayaking and Costaleering, Guilded Walks, Storytelling, Craft Workshops, Facepainting and much more. The Festival Treasure Hunt in association with Belmullet Adventure Centre is a free, fun-filled and novel trail through the area that takes in landmarks and places connected with the Children of Lir and is a great way for all ages to discover the area. Some free cycle hire is available or people can bring their own. The evening promises to be just as entertaining with the play 'Cupid Wore Skirts' by the Mullet drama group and Children of Lir cocktails and entertainment available in all the bars. Sunday starts with a performance of the legend by the renowned Moffat School of dance. There is a boat trip out to the deserted islands, a special event at the Ballycroy National Park and a guided walk on a section of The Children of Lir trail. Sunday night gather with the locals for tradional music events and seanscéalta (old stories) across the region of Erris from Connollys in Carrowteige to Holme's in Doohooma. Monday offer a guided walk of the complete Children of Lir loop walk, special craft sessions and a Children of Lir pub quiz. Not only does it promise to be an amazing weekend but one lucky winner will also get back the cost of their travel. This fantastic prize with a value of up to €400 will be drawn from all the people that attend any event over the weekend. There is also chance to win tickets to some of the events in the build up on the festival facebook page ClannLirFestival and Twitter Clannlirfest. Chairman of the Erris Chamber who have organised the event said 'We are very excited about delivering four days and nights of world class events. There are all the traditional things people love about Ireland mixed in with modern activities. With music, song, dance, theatre, water adventure, walks, crafts and more there really is something for everyone.' Rosaleen Bond, owner of Lunasa craft shop in Belmullet is running a special workshop for the weekend. 'I am delighted to be involved. I heard the story many times as a child and was amazed to find the local connection with the legend when I moved back here. The line-up for this year’s Festival looks fantastic and I’m looking forward to checking out a few of the events myself over the weekend.'