The Tain March is on it’s way to Ardee once again this year and will arrive in the town on Thursday (June 1st) en route to it’s final destination Carlingford Lough and there is a schedule of events to celebrate its arrival being held at Moorehall Lodge.
The Táin March first started in 2011 as a heritage walk, with its route travelling from Ardee to Carlingford, mimicking the route taken by Queen Medb and her army in their pursuit of capturing The Brown Bull of Cooley. In 2015, the route extended and now Ardee is just one of many stops on the 14 day trek which encompasses 261km.
This year’s March began in Roscommon 10 days ago and comes into Ardee this Thursday – having already stopped off at Longford, Granard, Crossakeel and Rathkenny amongst many other places of historical interest.
Ardee is at the heart of the Tain mythology, the venue for Ferdia and Cuchulainn’s epic battle and there is a host of items of interest on the itinary for the day. The march is scheduled to arrive at 1.30pm before participants will stage a re-enactment of Queen Medb (played by Helena Mullins) persuading Ferdia to fight Cuchulainn and residents of Moorehall Lodge will support their hero Ferdia.
Local primary schools will be in attendance to ‘join’ Medb’s army and boys from the Monastery Boys NS, accompanied by Bartle Woods, will play the tin whistle. There will also be an exhibition of images from the Tain and Paul Gosling will be there to give a talk about the importance of Ardee in the wider story of the Tain.
Moorehall Lodge will also be providing tea and refreshments for all on the day. When the March departs Ardee on the Friday, they will head for Knockbridge. The Táin March is expected to arrive at Moorehall Lodge by 1:30pm on Thursday, June 1st. Anyone can join the March for any leg of the journey they like. If you’re interested, you’re asked to contact the An Tain March Facebook page.
Last year, Moorehall Lodge also welcomed the An Tain March into Ardee on a gloriously sunny day in the town. You can view all of our photos from the day here and read about it by clicking this link.