HOT on the heels of the success of the inaugural Cloghane-Brandon Walking Festival last April, this year's Féile Lughnasa, organised by Comharchumann Forbartha an Leith-Triúigh, will include a special walk to the summit of Mount Brandon.
The Cloghane-Brandon Pattern Festival (Féile Lughnasa) will run from Friday July 27 to Monday July 30 and preparations are already underway in advance of the annual event. The pattern walk will leave Cloghane village on Sunday July 29 (commencing at 10am) as walkers head for 952m summit.
Dingle archaeologist and Kerry County Council Environmental Officer Mícheál O'Coiléain will be on hand this year to give descriptions of the main archaeological features along the way and to share his knowledge of the tradition of Crom Dubh, a local equivalent of Lugh, who was the harvest god of the Uí Fearba. The Úí Fearba were a branch of the Ciar-raige, the people who gave their name to County Kerry and whose territory stretched from Srón Bhroin (Brandon Head) to the River Shannon.
According to a spokesperson from CFLT, the mountain was once known as Sliabh Daidhche and a preChristian walk that took place there was the equivalent of today's pilgrimage.