Tuesday 21 May 2019

Ballyhoura Country has plenty to offer in May

Bill Browne

The public has been issued with an open invitation to savour the beauty of Ballyhoura Country and learn more about the rich and vibrant history of the region during a series of events taking place throughout the month of May.

These will include events to mark the centenary of 1919 rescue of captured Irish Republican Army member Séan Hogan, who at the time was one of Ireland's most wanted men due to his role in the infamous Soloheadbeg ambush. 

Sunday, May 12 will see he start of a week-long series of events to mark Hogan's escape including 'The Big Four', a series of four plays by the Lampóg Theatre in the Knocklong Community Hall recalling the escape from the local barracks. 

'The Dance' on May 12 will set the scene, 'The Plan' on May 14 will re-enact the planning of the rescue, 'The Escape' on May 16 will follow the actors as they trace the escape route through Glenbrohane and Glenlara and 'The Trail' will bring the series to a close on Sunday, May 19. 

On Monday, May 13 there will be wreath laying at the Railway Plaque, followed by the launch of John Connors' new book 'Séan Hogan - A Troubled Journey' at 8pm. Other commemoration highlights will include plays, talks, and musical events to mark Hogan's escape over the course of the week. 

Two 'Tracing Your Family History' workshops will take place in Mitchelstown (May 10) and Kilmallock (May 24-25) as part of the nationwide Bealtaine Festival. 

If you would prefer to get out to the great outdoors, the Ballyhoura region is rich in history with plenty medieval towns and neolithic to explore around the area.  These include Kilmallock, widely regarded as Ireland's best preserved medieval town, Lough Gur and its excellent Heritage Centre, Cush Earthworks and the world famous Mitchelstown Cave. 

For the more adventurous a six-week Adventure Boot Camp at the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trailhead, the Ballyhoura Country Active Series will see road races across held at venues across the region and the Ballyhoura Mountain Marathon will take place this coming Saturday (May 5). 

To see the full programme of events taking place in Ballyhoura Country throughout the month of May visit