Cashel gears up for ‘To Crown a King’ Festival

The town of Cashel is gearing up for the ‘Crown a King’ Festival.

The town of Cashel is gearing up for the ‘Crown a King’ Festival.

Cashel Heritage Forum began working on the proposal for the To Crown A King festival in late 2012. At that point it seemed that celebrating Cashel’s part in the story of Brian Ború was an obvious thing to do, and from the outset the group designed an ambitious programme which would mark the occasion in an appropriate manner.

On a national level South Tipperary County Council has been working with Clare County Council, Armagh District Council, Dublin City Council and North Tipperary County Council to create a national Brian Ború Trail and to collaborate on delivering a Brian Ború schedule of events for overseas marketing, which is supported by Tourism Ireland. These five counties have come together to stage a year-long commemoration of the 1,000th anniversary of the death of Brian Ború.

Olivia Quinlan told us that the weekend-long event will run from April 24 to 27, with an international conference at Brú Ború on the life and times of Brian Ború.

There will be highlight concerts at Brú Ború with The Voice Squad on Friday, April 24. Stockton’s Wing founder Maurice Lennon will bring his ‘Brian Ború The High King of Tara’ show to Brú Ború on Saturday 26th. There will be special night of music from Tennessee with the Willis Clan of Sunday 27th. Tickets for the shows are available from the Heritage Centre, the Maurice Lennon night has already been booked by a touring party 30 Americans from Ohio! It’s a big boost to the tourism sector so early in the season said Olivia.

Joanne Hughes told us there will be a community pageant on Sunday 27th and everyone is welcome to join in. Already five schools have come on board and they will be dressed in period costumes on the day. The pageant will end with a recreation of the crowning of Brian Boru. The script is written and the first reading was held in Cashel on April 1.