The multi-award winning Festival of the Fires is taking a year off this summer, but the team behind it are keeping the flame burning this May Bank Holiday weekend when they host a spectacular two-day ‘Gathering at Uisneach’, due to take place at the foot of the Hill of Uisneach in Killare, Co. Westmeath.. The Uisneach Inn, Ireland’s most central bar and restaurant will come alive with many of the amazing elements that made Festival of the Fires the midland’s biggest and most celebrated arts, cultural and ceremonial event.
‘Gathering at Uisneach’ will take place over the Bealtaine, May Bank Holiday weekend, onSaturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th and will feature many of the features that made Festival of the Fires Ireland’s most iconic event – amazing music from both top Irish and International acts, arts and crafts, family entertainment, fire ceremonies, history and heritage, spoken word, family fun, local food and drink, Genealogy and Clan finding and, of course, the legendary Uisneach Warriors!
A special outdoor arena will play host to some of the biggest names in music, including (on Saturday May 4th) Irish hip-hop-pop kings “The Original Rude Boys” and, making their debut appearance in Westmeath, “The Rubberbandits”. On Sunday, festival favorites “Kíla” bring their sublime blend of traditional music, together with the brilliant “Ryan Sheridan” andThe Riptide Movement recently announced to play support to The Rolling Stones.
Other acts appearing over the weekend include The Raglans, the Barley Mob and many more, with several very special guests.
Families will be wooed by the Uisneach Warriors on horseback and there will be an abundance of activities for the kids. Keeping with the tradition of Festival of the Fires, the history and heritage of Uisneach will be to the fore, with historical talks and exhibitions. Visitors can trace their Westmeath and family roots, and discover lots about the Lake County and its rich and varied history. There will be local food and drink, films, spoken word and much more besides.
Tickets are on sale now from all Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and online.
For more information, up-dates, directions, competitions and all event details, go to
Official website: www.festivalofthefires.com
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