September 25, 2013


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We have a fantastic line-up of events at The Courthouse to celebrate our Heritage, past and present for “The Gathering”.

Events start on Wednesday 25th with a talk on “Excavations at Bective Abbey”, by the renowned Geraldine Stout at 8pm.

National Museum Archaeology

On Friday 27th the National Museum of Ireland – schools programme, presents an exhibition of artefacts excavated from the Royal Crannog at Lagore in 1932, which date back to circa. 700 AD.  This is a private exhibition for schools only and will be on display in Gaelscoil Na Rithe.

Graveyard Website Launch

The Launch of The Protestant Graveyard Website takes place on Friday 27th at 7.30pm at St. Seachnaill’s Church of Ireland.  The Festival inaugural Film Competition will have its launch on Friday night 27th   when these creative entries with be shown in The Courthouse, starting at 8pm.

Saturday Sessions

Festival  fun continues on Saturday at 11am with “Saturday Sessions,” a line up of our young very talented Dunshaughlin artists, followed by a Traditional Session at 1pm with Michael Clarke and friends. Ray Murtagh & Donal Clynch will entertain us throughout the afternoon with a lively mix of popular music.    Sunday’s line up promises to be just as exciting & entertaining at the Courthouse Square where Monsieur Gusto Street Show will make his appearance at 12 noon, guaranteeing the day starts on a festive note, followed by the Kennedy sisters with a beautiful selection of Irish Music.  The very popular local Dunshaughlin group “Just Us” will follow at 2pm with a medley of popular music, this promises to be a  special hour –  not to be missed. “Band of Brothers” follows at 3pm,  who will keep us all in a lively festival mood with a selection of well know Irish Ballads and popular music.

Courthouse History

Inside The Courthouse, over the weekend you can have a leisurely browse through a selection of old photographs from a selection of local community & sports , bringing back memories of peoples and days gone by. Brendan Murray will be showing his own special collection from his native Dunshaughlin, including items dating from the early 1900’s to date.

The Meath Fields Project

On Saturday at 12.30 there will be a talk by Joan Mullen, the co-ordinator of The Meath Fields Project, also there will be a local studies selection of DVD’s and books on local history.  Heritage Trail walks will leave The Courthouse at 2.30 on Saturday and Sunday.

Community Theatre

The ever popular Community Theatre is back, with a play written by Roy Murray of Ou La La Theatre Co.  “Rising after All”, the cast includes a number of Dunshaughlin very own popular actors. This play dramatises how the Easter rising impacted on the people of Dunshaughlin – it has been specially written for the Festival and is something that should not be missed, with two shows daily at 3pm and 5pm.

Craft Demonstrations

There will also be a selection of top class Irish Craft Demonstrations in The Courthouse Square, throughout the weekend. Refreshments will be provided by Hillview – with their finest selection of Home Baking.   A creative weekend Festival celebration of our heritage  with  a fantastic line up of musix and song, with something for everyone.