Fancy going to the movies in the mountains? Or why not attend a theatrical performance accompanied by an eight-piece orchestra at 250 metres?
Following its huge success last year, Comeraghs Wild Festival returns for its second outing from September 18–21, offering unique guided walks, outdoor movies, storytelling and quirky workshops – all showcasing the splendour of the majestic Comeragh Mountains.
New to this year’s festival is a cinema strand to the programme of events. Movies in the Mountains will see a special screening of K2 documentary ‘The Summit at Cruachán’ in the heart of the Comeragh Mountains. This pop up cinema experience is in association with Cinemobile, Ireland’s mobile cinema, and ticket holders will be encouraged to bring an outdoor picnic for before or after the screening. In a tribute to this year’s centenary of Tyrone Power, the 1940’s Hollywood screen idol whose forefathers hailed from Kilmacthomas, there will be a special screening of two Tyrone Power movies in Dungarvan and Kilrossanty. The movie titles will be a surprise on the night and introduced by a film historian.
Following the enormous popularity of last year’s Full Moon Walk, a Harvest Moon Walk will take place to glacial Coumshingaun Lake led by mountaineer Michael Whelan. The walk will culminate at 250 metres, with a staging of Lackendarra Jim - a Hermit of the Comeragh Mountains. This bilingual spoken word event, written by Joe Meagher and presented by Rigout Productions, will be accompanied by an eight-piece orchestra. Following the performance, there is the intriguing option of staying overnight in a tent with supper and storytelling. Don’t miss this most unique and memorable night in the Comeraghs!
Another Comeraghs Wild highlight is the Guided Sunset Walk to the summit cairn on Farbreaga Mountain which will take in the sun descending behind the Neolithic complex of Treenearla. The walk will be led by Tramore-based Mario Macrory of Muddy Boots. Other outdoor walks in the programme include an Industrial Heritage Walk in Portlaw with Ger Crotty, a Wildlife Walk in Crough Wood with Andrew Harrington, a Bronze Age Looped Walk in the Nire Valley, led by Michael Desmond and a Glacial Heritage Walk in Rathgormack led by Michael O’Donoghue. Fans of ‘Big Houses’ will enjoy a guided walk of the stunning Curraghmore Estate, built by the de la Poer family, led by its former butler Basil Croeser.
The great storytelling tradition of the Comeragh communities will be honoured with several storytelling workshops in Portlaw and Kilrossanty. More ‘wild’ experiences are Damson Vodka and Sloe Gin workshops in Ballymacarbry, hosted by Mary Wall of Hanora’s Cottage fame.