Inishowen will host an “opportunity of a lifetime” this weekend with a festival celebrating the peninsula’s rich heritage.
The Lands of Éogain Festival 2015 forms part of National Heritage Week and is being held in collaboration with the Bernician Studies Group, a lifelong learning community from Newcastle.
BSG first came to Inishowen to do research in 201. Among other discoveries, their excavations have found that one of three monastic sites uncovered was founded in the time of St Columba (521-597).
The purpose of this year’s festival is to bring together all the groups and researchers to share the results of their work.
A number of experts will give short presentations detailing aspects of their discoveries and progression within the peninsula.
The festival runs from Friday August 28th- Sunday August 30th and will be held at Glencrow Hall, Moville. Initially the first day is dedicated to professional consultation exploring ways to further the research and fund future projects.
On Friday evening at 8pm there will be a one hour lecture on Inishowen delivered by Dr Brian Lacey, former CEO of Discovery Programme. This is free and all are welcome to attend.
The Heritage Festival Conference will take place on Saturday 29th at 10am, opened by Minister Joe McHugh TD.
Presentations from professionals in the field from the UK, Scotland, and Ireland will set the formal scene in the morning session.
Informal conversation and activities including story telling for children is offered over the lunch time period 12.30- 2pm (events are free, and children are welcome at all lunchtime events).
The afternoon session resumes at 2pm until 4pm with final words and time for visiting the community heritage groups in the hall. Closing the event on Sunday, 30th, the Seven Saints Tour takes place between 1pm-4pm.
Self-guided visits are arranged to ancient sites and early Christian landscapes across North Inishowen.
Volunteer guides are located at key sites, and booklets are available for €2; Entry is free to the event.
The organisers of the festival say its overall aim is to engage residents and visitors “in a vision” to explore protect and highlight key sites of unique interest in the golden age of saints, warriors and craftsmen.