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Loughcrew Equinox Festival March 2014

equinox_logoPlease note the car park for the Loughcrew Cairns will be extremely busy for sunrise. Buses will be available for park and ride from Loughcrew Gardens and The Fincourt Bar in Oldcastle for the Loughcrew Equinox.

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Pre-Equinox Events

Monday 17 March 2014
‘Conan & The Mystical Magical Light of Loughcrew’
Book Signing with author Tina Halpin & illustrator Lisa Brady in The Kraft Kaffee, Oldcastle

Tuesday 18 March 2014
Opening Night of Lisa Brady’s Art Exhibition, ‘Into The Light: A Journey of Discovery with Conan & The Mystical, Magical Light of Loughcrew’, in Oldcastle Library, commencing at 7:15pm
Please Note
‘Into The Light’ 
Art Exhibition will continue all week, until Saturday 22 March 2014

‘The Colours of Light
Old Gilson School, Church Street, Oldcastle
Saturday 22 March 2014 – 11:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 23 March 2014 – 11:00am – 5:00pm

Castle Arts, an offshoot of The Netbox Project, which is now Oldcastle Community & Resource Group, are various independent artists working in the vicinity of Oldcastle, who have come together to display their work in exhibitions as a way of promoting the enormous potential that this region has to offer in terms of the arts.

Ranging from the abstract to more traditional landscape, Oldcastle Arts have put together an exhibition to reflect how colour and changing light inspire and create mood and atmosphere, which is hoped will connect in some way with those who view the work


The Return of The Light
Main Schedule of Events

Friday 21 March 2014

6:00am Sunrise at Loughcrew, Official Opening.  Greeting of The Light with Babylon Inferno Fire Dancers

8:00am Champagne Breakfast in The Fincourt

8:00am Breakfast in Loughcrew Coffee Shop, plus Sacred Tree Walk to Lough Craobh with Bartle D’Arcy of Directing Tourism at 10am

7:30pm Guest Lecture ‘Constructing Ritual Space: Development, Complexity and Gatherings in the Sliabh na Caillaigh Passage Tomb Complex’ by Lynda McCormack NUIG, Hosted by Oldcastle Library & Moylough Historical Society in Oldcastle Library

Saturday 22 March 2014
Equinox Dawn Ceremony at Loughcrew with guest participants and practioners from the areas of Meditation, Shamanism,Druidry and Sound Performers

Loughcrew Gardens & Coffee Shop

8:00am Breakfast at Loughcrew Coffee Shop
10:00am Luke Eastwood Talk on ‘Changing of The Seasons’, in The Sun Room
11:00am Vinne Woods ‘Empowerment: Discovering The Magic Inside of Us’, in The Sun Room
12:00 midday Deirdre Wadding: Shamanic Journeying Workshop in The Millhouse

Loughcrew House Showrooms

Martin Byrne of Carrowkeel Tours: Talks on archaeology/mythology/astronomy, along with a workshop based on Loughcrew artwork
Please Note: this event is taking place all day. Entry at Loughcrew Coffee Shop. 


8:00am Champagne Breakfast in The Fincourt
10:00am  Treasa Kerrigan Sacred Sites Guided Loughcrew Meditation in Fincourt Coffee Shop
11:00am Sinead Whyte Healing Sounds, ‘Tuatha de Danann’ Workshop in Fincourt Coffee Shop
12:00 midday Tom Swinburne Shamanic Drumming Circle,  Fincourt Coffee Shop

2:00pm – 5:00pm ‘See The Light’

Combination of local artists, featuring Julie Coyle (Spiritual Healing), Annette Coffey (Meditation) and Aidan Stafford (Mindfulness), in Caffreys Upstairs

2:00pm Childrens Creative Workshop in Oldcastle Library with Lisa Brady, including a reading of ‘Conan & The Mystical Magical Light of Loughcrew’ by author Tina Halpin
Art Competition Presentations

3:00pm Kyrie Murray, The Bard of Tara, poetry readings in The Kraft Kaffee, Oldcastle

Matthews Auction Rooms, Oldcastle
4:00pm Luke Eastwood Talk on ‘Changing of The Seasons’,
5:00pm Fiona Crowe ‘Observational astronomy in ancient times’

8:00pm The Fincourt: Festival Entertainment
Deirdre Wadding: Story Telling
Tom Swinburne: Shamanic Drumming Circle
10:00pm Musical Entertainment by Gillian Tuite

Sunday 23 March 2014

Equinox Dawn Ceremony at Loughcrew from 6:00am with guest participants and practioners from the areas of Meditation, Shamanism, Druidism and Sound Performers

Loughcrew Gardens & Coffee Shop

8:00am Breakfast in Loughcrew Coffee Shop
10:00am Treasa Kerrigan, Sacred Sites Loughcrew Meditation, in House Showrooms
11:00am Sinead Whyte, ‘Healing Sound’, in House Showrooms
12:00 midday Mary Clark, Wellness Energy Therapy Workshop


8:00am Champagne Breakfast in The Fincourt
10:00am  Vinnie Woods ‘Empowerment: Discovering The Magic Inside of Us’  in The Fincourt Coffee Shop
10:00am Cairn to Cairn Trek Looped 22k Walk from Oldcastle, linking Patrickstown and Carnbane East, before looping back to Oldcastle; Led by Gerry McDermot Meet at The Fincourt
1:00pm Sacred Path to Loughcrew Walk 8km, Led by Declan Flood. Meet at The Fincourt
2:00pm Change to previous Schedule! Now changed to Back in Time; The Calendar Stone  will go ahead at the same time. 2pm Sunday 23rd Marchwith Bartle D’Arcy, of Directing Tourism will now go to Patrickstown Hill to see the Calendar Stone and also the grave of the Cailleach. Park in viewing point on top of Patrickstown Hill on the Oldcastle Kells road and dress for a 4k forest track walk with stunning views.


Dawn Ceremony Participants: Treasa Kerrigan (Sacred Sites), Luke Eastwood, Deirdre Wadding, Tom Swinburne, Vinne Woods, Sinead Whyte, Aishling Muller, Ani Borg and Fred Walker

Please Note
Events, times and locations may be subject to change, so please check prior to arrival
The Dawn Ceremonies at Loughcrew involve a walk up a steep hillside, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear for this
Watch out for traffic and parking information and directions

Event Organisers: Oldcastle Tourism Group, part of Oldcastle & District Chamber of Commerce