Comeragh Wild Festival a fantastic showcase

Walkers taking part in "The Last Journey - Crossing the Wild Comeraghs" Nire to Rathgormack walk as part of the Comeraghs Wild Festival - David Clynch
Locals and visitors showed they were wild about the Comeraghs last weekend enjoying sell-out walks, talks, workshops, music and storytelling events during a festival celebrating the beauty, culture and heritage of the mountains and the communities in their shadow.

Locals and visitors showed they were wild about the Comeraghs last weekend enjoying sell-out walks, talks, workshops, music and storytelling events during a festival celebrating the beauty, culture and heritage of the mountains and the communities in their shadow.

Following its official bi-lingual launch at Ballymacarbry Community Centre last Thursday, the inaugural four-day Comeraghs Wild Festival went down a storm with many of its events in communities stretching from Rathgormack to Waterford’s coast sold out.

A big local hit was the Full Moon Walk from Rathgormack to Coumshingaun Lake on Saturday to witness the full moon rising to the east.

More than 60 signed up for the event with many opting to overnight in the mountains with storytelling around the campfire.

Ballymacarbry Community Centre was the venue for the Wild Ways & Tales storytelling evening last Saturday as well as a talk on “Mammal detecting - where otters tread in the wild” earlier that day.

On Sunday, people interested in poetry music and spiritual reflection attended “The Sacred Wild” event at the Nire Valley Church.

And in the afternoon, a large contingent of walkers basked in glorious sunshine while taking in the beauty of the Comeraghs’ landscape on the ”Last Journey” hike from The Nire to Rathgormack led by local guide Micheal Desmond.

It was followed by an evening of poetry, storytelling and traditional music in Nell’s Farmhouse, Rathgormack.

Waterford Co. Council Tourism Officer Mary Houlihan said the festival had been a fantastic showcase for the Comeraghs and its communities and showed there was a great interest in and demand for opportunities to explore the natural and cultural heritage of this area.