Major festival for An Grianan

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One of Inishowen’s most treasured landmarks, An Grianán of Aileach, is to be conquered once again, the ‘Journal’ can reveal.

According to Historians, the ancient fort of ‘Grianán of Áiligh’ was conquered and destroyed stone by stone in 1101 by Murtagh O’Brien, the ruler of the Fifth of Munster as a reprisal for the Ui Neill’s destruction of his royal seat at Kincora some thirteen years before. But in a few weeks time, Grianán will once again be conquered, only this time not to be destroyed, but to create an awareness of, and celebrate, the importance that this Fort has in Irish history.

The inaugural “Féile Grianán Áiligh” Ancient Cultural Event at the Fort takes place on Sunday May 20 to coincide with the Inishfood Festival fromMay 18-20.

The Féile will tell historical stories through folklore/storytelling, ancient song, music, dance and carnival/drama/pageant in and around the Fort on the day.

Féile Grianán Alligh is the first event of its kind on this scale to be undertaken in the ancient site for over 30 years. It will be a celebration of a period in time of An Grianan illustrating how ancient people lived their lives through work and pleasure.

Organisers have said the community led programme will support important actions at a local level and this will endeavour to create and promote the region to a wider tourism audience, as well as achieving greater community cohesion in the locality.

It is also hoped the event will help maximise best use of the historical site and showcase it in all its glory, encouraging visitors to the area and providing an opportunity for all communities in the locality to work together in bringing tourism related products.

Events will be taking place throughout the afternoon on the day, from 1-6pm and a full programme will be published in the coming weeks. For information, and to order tickets (€5 single, and €15 for a family) contact Mary McCallion on 0872905922.

The Project is supported by PEACE III Programme managed for the Special EU

Programmes Body by Donegal County Council in conjunction with Inishowen Development Partnership and LEADER.