Boheh Stone Walking Festival for Heritage Week

As part of Heritage Week 2012 (18th to 26th August), the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail is hosting the Boheh Stone Walking Festival taking place on the Friday 24th and Saturday 25th August 2012.

Come and join local archaeologists and walking guides for an exploration of ancient Neolithic sites, the rolling sun phenomenon, and folklore and heritage stories.

On the Friday evening hear about the unique Rock of Boheh and experience the rolling sun phenomenon where the sun appears to roll down the side of Croagh Patrick.

This is a moderate walk of 2 kilometres and is open to everyone, meeting and registration at Brackloon Community Centre at 7.00pm situated four miles out the Westport/Leenane road.

On Saturday come and enjoy the rich Mayo landscape with a 19 kilometre walk from Aughagower to Murrisk, this is a challenging walk, walking gear essential and bring a packed lunch.

This walk is not suitable for children under 16. Meeting in Murrisk Car park at the foot of Croagh Patrick at 8.30am and transport provided to start point at Aughagower Community Centre.

This is a guided heritage walk and also features a demonstration of the traditional sport of road bowling along the trail. Cost for the Festival is 5 euro.

For further information and registration please contact Mairead/Pat at 094 9360891 or email info@croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com there is also details on our website www.croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/croaghpatrickheritagetrail

The message from the Heritage Council for National Heritage Week this year is to be part of it! National Heritage Week really has something for everybody and most events are child and family friendly. Over 1500 events nationwide, ranging from guided nature and archaeological walks, lectures, tours of historical buildings, food fairs, music, dance, storey telling, historic gardens, historical re-enactments, wildlife excursions, whale watching and more, will take place throughout Ireland during the week.

Many events are free and National Heritage sites offer concession rates during the week.

For a full event listing see www.heritageweek.ie or National Event Guides are now available to pick up at your local library or tourist office.

National Heritage Week is coordinated by the Heritage Council, the agency tasked with identifying, protecting, preserving and enhancing Ireland’s national heritage National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union. In Ireland, Heritage Week is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government with support from the Office of Public Works and Fáilte Ireland.

The Croagh Patrick Heritage would like to acknowledge and thank Mayo County Council for its help and support for the Boheh Stone Walking Festival.

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