Clann Ársa Uí Néill - Ancient Clan O'Neill
October 19, 2016 at 07:17pm
CALLING ALL CELTS
The Ancient Clan O'Neill are celebrating the festival of Samhain, fires will be lit on the hilltops of Greencastle to honour our ancient ancestors and pay respect to the land as was done in times of old.
A parade by the Ancient Clan O'Neill pike men will take place at 3pm they will be led by a lone piper and Brian Mallon carrying the bell of St Patrick. The Mallons were the keepers of the bell of St Patrick for hundreds of years and it is only fitting that an O Mallon leads the parade, joining us in the parade will be many groups from the area and the Sons of Ireland band. The parade will make it's way up the hillside to unveil a monument to the battle Formaeil fought between the Cineál Eoghain and the Cineál Conall 965. On the hilltop Brian and Sineád Ní Mhearnóg will preform two Samhain poems in our native tongue and the first Samhain fire will be lit followed by two others nearby to mark the opening of the festival.
The parade will make it's way back to the Greencastle community hall were there will be kids entertainment, apple ducking, face painting, bouncy castles.
There will be a number of speakers in the hall first up will be Brian Mallon - Brian Mallon is an actor/author based in Dublin, soon to star as the grown-up Butcher Boy in Pat McCabes new play, ‘Leaves of Heaven’. His novel ‘Shane O’Neill, the Grand Disturber’ will be available at the event. On screen he starred in ‘Gettysburg’, Gods & Generals, Some Mother’s Son, and The Informant. He speaks Irish and Welsh. He is best known for his portrayal of Richard Burton in the hit show, ‘Playing Burton’. Second up will be Ancient Clan O'Neill chairperson Cathal Coyle talking on his recent books, Cathal is the author of the little book of Tyrone and the little book of Donegal which is very apt as the battle of Formaeil was fought between these two counties. These two guys will be followed by speakers from the local community and the AOH the nights craic will then begin with an Irish dancing group, music song and story telling into the wee hours.
All O'Neill groups ,clans and historical associations are very welcome to help us celebrate this beautiful event. Samhain is a great coming together. Please read advert poster for times and date