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Hot stuff Bressie to burn up the stage at Festival of Fires

GIRLS say he's the hottest thing on TV at the minute and now Voice Of Ireland mentor Bressie is set to headline Ireland's oldest party -- the Festival of Fires.

A fire ceremony at the Hill of Uisneach in Co Westmeath, the ancient seat of Ireland's High Kings, will open the Festival of Fires on May 5 with a dazzling night-time parade, of hundreds of illuminated floats and horses, fireworks and pageantry.

Bressie will be playing his only festival date this summer to mark the event in his home town in front of 5,000 fans. His ex-bandmates in the Blizzards are also performing under their new name Sircles, and Bressie has promised to bring some special guests.

The festival will include shamanic workshops, drum circles, creative workshop history and heritage, debate, music and theatre.

The award-winning Uisneach Warriors -- hundreds of Celtic horsemen and women -- are also returning this year.

Located at the exact centre of Ireland, close to Mullingar and Athlone, Uisneach was the original seat of Ireland's High Kings, long before Tara.

It is the birth and resting place of the Goddess Eriu after whom Ireland was named and in ancient times the Bealtaine fire on Uisneach was the first fire of summer from which all other fires got their light.

In keeping with tradition, the festival fire will be used to spark over 100 fires nationwide as the flame is passed to all 21 counties visible from the summit of the hill.