Cairn Sunday at Mullaghcarn

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Cairn Sunday at Mullaghcarn

The annual Cairn Sunday walk is on Sunday 28th July 2024 at Gortin Glen Forest Park, Co Tyrone.  People will be undertaking the yearly tradition of walking to the summit of Mullaghcarn Mountain, for this year’s ‘Cairn Sunday’.

The annual walk takes place on the last Sunday in July, and this year will be no different – walkers will once again be joined by their ‘Giant’ friend  The Guardian of the Sperrins to greet them when they reach the peak!

The giant sculpture at Mullaghcarn is one of a series of giants in the Sperrins. The walk will start from the forest cafe at 10am, and everyone is welcome.

The walk will start at the ‘Trail Head’ information panel, beside the Cafe building, and will follow the purple waymarked ‘Mullaghcarn Trail’ signs. The walk will take around three hours and is a moderate walk.

Friends of the Glens will meet at forest cafe Brie’s Barista Bar at 10am and will walk the Mullaghcarn Trail to the summit to visit the Giant on the Cairn. Parking is free at the main carparks and toilets are available beside the forest cafe.

Walkers can start their walk anytime at the ‘Trail Head’ information panel, beside the forest cafe, and follow the waymarked ‘Mullaghcarn Trail’ signs.

The walk is on a tarmac and gravel terrain, and is a  moderate walk,  but it should be noted that the trail’s gradient can be quite challenging, particularly towards the end of the route. Dogs are very welcome, but owners should keep them on a lead.

The tradition of climbing to the top of Mullaghcairn is thought to date back over 1,000 years. Cairns have been used from Prehistoric times to present. The act of adding a stone to the cairn, is a deep rooted tradition, that by adding this rock you are preserving the integrity of the cairn, referencing the age-old practice of people, over generations, carrying stones to the summit to add to the cairn there. It is believed that the cairn marks a place regarded of great religious significance; perhaps a burial place. The practice of climbing Mullaghcairn is likely to have had a pagan origin; historians detail how people sought to be closer to their gods.

The introduction of Christianity saw the nature of the arranged climb to the top of Mullaghcarn become an annual day of pilgrimage. Blueberry Sunday’ as it was to be known was marked by participants performing religious practices at the summit. Through time, ‘sports days’ became a feature there. Activities including berry picking, eating and drinking, singing and dancing enhancing what had become a notable annual occurrence. The pilgrimage and subsequent festivities appealed to all age groups.

Notably, there were those who regarded attendance an ideal ‘courting’ or matchmaking’ opportunity; it was a place where lasting good relationships began!

In 1997, 300 hardy participants climbed Mullaghacarn on the last Sunday of July. In doing so, they revived a tradition that had been lost in time. ‘Cairn Sunday’, as it is now known, is about more than participating in a physical activity; it brings a community and its visitors together in the beautiful picturesque Gortin Glen Forest Park landscape.

Live Music At Brodericks Saturday Nights in April

That sounds like an exciting event! It seems like you’re referring to live music performances at Brodericks Bar featuring Brian Pritchard, Gareth Pritchard and Duncan Hyndman every Saturday in April.

Enjoy our talented local musicians and have a memorable time with friends or family.

 

Saturday 13th April – Brian Pritchard

Saturday 20th April – Gareth Pritchard

Saturday 27th April – Duncan Hyndman

Jake Blount Trio

Jake Blount is a rising star of American roots music, a talented banjoist and fiddle player and soulful singer. Jake won the 2020 Steve Martin Banjo Prize and was nominated for Artist of the Year at the 2023 International Folk Music Awards. He has also been showcased on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series and BBC Radio Two’s Folk Show.

Jake’s work shines a light on the major contributions that Black, Indigenous and LGBTQ artists have made to American folk traditions, often overlooked. Jake has toured widely across the USA and Europe, taking his music and scholarship to venues including Newport Folk Festival, Carnegie Hall and Denmark’s Roskilde Festival. His 2022 album The New Faith features inspired new arrangements of traditional songs including Black spirituals and Blues, and has received glowing reviews from Rolling Stone, The Guardian and many more.

Jake Blount is a mesmerising live performer, and will be appearing with his trio, featuring double bass ace Nelson Williams and gifted multi-instrumentalist Gus Tritsch. Expect a mix of evocative songs and foot-stomping fiddle tunes, with exceptional musicianship and singing.

Chronicles of Long Kesh

GBL Productions present Chronicles of Long Kesh by Martin Lynch The hilarious, painful and shocking story of Northern Ireland’s infamous prison — Long Kesh — is told through the eyes of prison officers, Republicans and Loyalists, a rich assortment of patriots, chancers, leaders, wives, escapers and hypochondriacs! A huge crowd-pleaser, full of 1960’s Mo-Town songs and wild, irreverent humour, this is the inside story of The Troubles. Chronicles of Long Kesh last played in Belfast in 2012 with a sold-out run and standing ovations every single night! The play has toured throughout Northern Ireland and was a smash-hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Physical, loud, sweary, funny, perfectly choreographed, terrifying and still, again, funny.’- THE OBSERVERContains strong language

Stories of the River Strule

Join us for an eventful evening as we celebrate the rich cultural and natural heritage of our local area, brought to life through a unique collaboration between the Fermanagh Omagh District Council, South West College, and the community. This partnership has given rise to a series of captivating media productions, showcasing everything from the traditional art of Fresh Water Pearl Fishing to heartwarming local love stories. This event is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the essence of our region’s heritage, meet the talented students who have skillfully narrated our history, and engage with community members whose invaluable contributions have enriched this project. Don’t miss this memorable night of storytelling and heritage preservation in Omagh!

Orchestra NorthWest presents Music from Stage & Screen

Following sell-out performances of its ever-popular programme of Music from Stage and Screen in The Millennium Forum and The Alley Theatre, Orchestra NorthWest is delighted to be performing in the Strule Arts Centre for the first time. Join us on a journey through some of the best loved music from TV, musicals, and movies from various eras. Their programme will include music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Chicago, West Side Story, Romeo & Juliet/The Apprentice, The Onedin Line, Mission: Impossible and Wicked.

Fortunes and Misfortunes

Daisy Fortune is a downtrodden yet hard-working woman, who is supporting an idle husband and a good-for-nothing son. She loses her job as a waitress in ‘The Cosy Corner’ after her son, Nathan’s pet lizard ‘Kylie’, gets loose in the premises. She manages to scheme her way into a job as a housekeeper for Bill and Oonagh Delaney.

Oonagh has unrealistic aspirations of literary greatness and she is busy organizing a poetry workshop in her home. She has invited renowned and eccentric poet, Aubrey Peacock to attend. Meanwhile, there is tension in the Delaneys’ marriage as a result of Bill’s flirting with Wanda Hunt, the mother of one of his pupils. However, between unwanted lavender, laced punch and an escaped lizard, the workshop turns into a complete disaster and the tension between Oonagh and Wanda finally explodes.

3 Bucks Left

Join Cowboy Lavin, the biggest (and only) TikTok star of his generation, as he shares his hilarious stories about growing up in Castletown and life on the road. Cowboy will be accompanied by fellow Hardy Bucks legend Frenchtoast O’Toole, who may or may not be back on the drink. 3 Bucks Left is a spin-off of County Mayo’s own Hardy Bucks. This Satire is laden with comedy and pathos throughout, inspiring many other acts in its wake. Now a decade later, it remains one of Ireland’s favourite comedy shows. It’s been a wild ride of ups and downs. Crude, lofty, self-deprecating introspection, coupled with rowdy philosophies. Such misadventures are not for the faint of heart. Ruggedly charming, extremely funny, riding close to the wind.

Kimmie Rhodes

Making a very welcome return to the island of Ireland, Kimmie Rhodes from Austin, Texas brings a rare and intimate solo performance to celebrate the release of newly-penned songs, tell stories both poignant and hilarious from her four decades of making music and sing the songs those years inspired!

She says, “I can’t wait to visit friends and fans… fun promised!”

“Kimmie has the voice of a beautiful child coming from an old soul. She touches us where the better angels of our nature dwell, and I believe we need that now more than ever. If you haven’t before, do yourself a favour and bring her into your listening life.” – Emmylou Harris.

Brendan Quinn 60th Anniversary Tour

Country music legend Brendan Quinn will celebrate 60 years in the music business in 2024.

With Special guests Sandy Kelly, Steve Cooney and Dermot Byrne Duo.

A household name, in the early 1970’s he reached Number One in the Irish charts with Four In The Morning and had several more Number One’s and Top Ten hits with Bandy The Rodeo Clown, Daddy’s Little Girl, I Can Almost See My Hometown From Here and Angeline to name a few.

Brendan embarks upon a nationwide concert tour in 2024 with a full backing band of superb musicians including two giants of the Irish traditional music scene Steve Cooney and Dermot Byrne and Brendan’s son James as guest artists.

Any music fans should not miss this fabulous celebration of great country music!

 

Please note, a Haze Machine will be used during this performance.

Teddy’s Zoo Adventure 2024

Sammy Ragdoll has a day out at the zoo with her best friend Eddy the Teddy. Despite Sammy warning him, Eddy keeps wandering off. He does this once too often and gets locked in overnight!! Some of the animals try to help him but the Monkeys find it fun to be very unhelpful. Eddy will need help from the audience if he is to get out before the morning. Fun for Children aged 6 and under. SPECIAL 20% DISCOUNT OFFER – Buy for both Teddy’s Zoo Adventure and Alice Through The Looking Glass at the same time and get a 20% discount of the ticket price!

Absolutely Flab-U-Lous!

Following the resounding success of “Nobody Puts Bernie In a Corner,” which had audiences on their feet with continuous standing ovations during its sold out tour across theatres in both the north and south of Ireland, Bernie is back with the next uproarious chapter in her story.

In this hilarious one-woman show, Rozlyn Sheridan reprieves the role of Bernie Jones, the lovable laundry business owner who finds herself in a spin cycle of laughter as she forges firm friendships at her local Slimming Watchers group. Bernie’s entrepreneurial spirit has driven her to expand her business, “Stitched and Steamed” from her garden shed to the local High Street. Her hard work has not gone unnoticed and she finds herself nominated for the prestigious title of “Business Woman of the Year.”

Join Bernie and get ready to laugh your way to a slimmer waistline because who needs squats when you can burn calories with belly laughs?

Bluegrass Omagh 2024 – Monday Family Day

Bluegrass Family Day will be jam packed with fantastic music and fun activities that everyone will enjoy. There’ll be performances from festival musicians, singing workshops for children, a magician, traditional games and pastimes from Appalachia. Bluegrass Omagh Family Day is FREE to weekend ticket holders. Alternatively you can buy tickets below to attend Bluegrass Omagh Family Day.

Bluegrass Omagh 2024 Weekend

We have lots of ticket options available whether you want a full weekend of Bluegrass music or just enough for a taster. A weekend full of wonderful music from acts all across the world such as Nothin’ Fancy (USA), Thomas Cassell (USA), Rookie Riot (SWE) and Mikeeaters (CZ) to name just a few. Attend on one day or why not make a weekend out of it and come along for this musical extravaganza.

Tickets are selling fast so get your hands on some quick!

Tyrone Fleadh 2024

The annual Tyrone Fleadh returns in 2024 across various locations in Fintona. See below for a daily schedule of events not to be missed:

Sunday 19th May – Youth session
Wednesday 22nd May – Local history talk on townlands and family names
Thursday 23rd May – Irish language family quiz, singing session
Friday 24th May – Vintage rally, opening event, music on gig rig, session trail
Saturday 25th May – Competitions, gig rig, session trail, sets ceili, exhibition, Fleadh Mass
Sunday 26th May – Competitions, gig rig, session trail, parade, family events in town centre

Beatties Music Festival at Glenpark Estate

The must attend event of 2024, Beattie’s Music Festival is BACK to bring you an even BIGGER line up this May for an open air festival at the Glenpark Estate on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th May 2024.

Join us for a weekend of the very best in music and dancing, set within the stunning surrounds of Glenpark estate. Beatties Music Festival is known to have one of the best atmospheres of any festival in Ireland. The lineup of top quality acts only adds to this incredible weekend.

There will be food and drink on site with gates opening at 5pm and the event finishing at 11pm. Get your tickets here!

Folk the World

Open Air Festival Omagh 2024

Folk The World Accommodation Partner …
📍 Todd’s Leap : Ballygawley Co Tyrone
📆 Saturday 25th May 2024
💲 £100 per person
What it includes :
: 1 Night Accommodation
: Breakfast
: Transport To & From Folk The World @ Healy Park
This can only be booked by contacting Todd’s Leap directly on 02885567170.
Hotels In Omagh Town are currently sold out for the evening.
Please note accommodation does not include a ticket, they must be bought separately.
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What to expect from Folk The World 🌍
: Two Festival Stages
: One Teepee Stage
: Old School Fun Fun Fair but for adults
: Food & Drink Courts
: Thousands Of Pints Of O’Connors Stout 😉
All this lined up with the biggest festival of Folk EVER 👇🏻
:: The Whistlin Donkeys
:: All Folk’d UP
:: More Power To Your Elbow
:: Sean Magee
:: CEOL
:: Ruaile Bualie
:: One For The Road
:: Fresh As Folk
:: The Porter Bellys
:: The Logues
:: Ruairi Cunningham
:: Meabdh Walshe
:: Micky Quinn
With local DJ legend Micky Quinn on the Decks throughout the night!
If you haven’t got your tickets, take your friends and make it happen, we’re over 50% gone in five days 🙌🏻

 

Family Fun Weekend Fly In

⭐️ C-More Flying School & Club are hosting a Fly in Family fun day on Saturday May 4th.

We are expecting a variety of aircraft to arrive from all over Ireland and the UK and we will be doing Air Experience flights for only £25 for 10mins
Hot food will be available from Hungry Ginger
Ice cream cold drinks and snacks from The Sweet Spot Omagh
plus specialty Coffee, tea and traybakes will be available
Entry is only £5 per person with kids under 5 Free.
Keep an eye on our social media pages for your chance to win free entry and Air Experience flight! 🛫

Omagh Show

Get ready for the 182nd Omagh Show on Saturday 6th July– a fun family day packed with entertainment for everyone🎉

🚜🎪 Join us for a day filled with agricultural competitions, show-jumping, thrilling attractions, and activities for every age.

Save the date and come experience the joy of the 182nd Omagh Show! 🌟👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

Bluegrass Omagh 2024 – Opening Concert

Kick off Bluegrass Omagh 2024 in style with an evening of bluegrass music at our Friday night concert in Strule Arts Centre!

This year, we’ll be warming up for a weekend of bluegrass music on Friday night, 3rd May, with performances from Nothin’ Fancy (USA)Thomas Cassell (USA)Rookie Riot (SWE) and Milkeaters (CZ). What better start to Bluegrass Omagh 2024, a full weekend of finger-pickin’ wizardry at the home of bluegrass music this side of the Atlantic.

Want to bring your bluegrass instruments along and get involved? Join our Pickin’ Party in Strule Arts Centre at 16:00 before the evening concert starts at 19:00. Bring your fiddle, banjo, mandolin or guitars along, meet up with old musical friends and make some new ones!

Not a fan of festival vibes or new to bluegrass music? This intimate setting is the perfect way to enjoy bluegrass music and get involved with the festival in a quieter way.

What to know 

  • Tickets are £25 for adults and £6.50 for children and can be booked through the ticket link.
  • This event is for adults and families alike.
  • This concert will take place in Strule Arts Centre on 3rd May from 19:00 to 23:00.
  • To book a free carer ticket please email info@nationalmuseumsni.org and this can be arranged.

Cash Returns – The Man In Black

Europe’s no.1 Johnny Cash & June Carter tribute ‘Cash Returns’ are back and you can get to ‘Walk The Line’ with JP Mac as the man in black and Karen Martin as June Carter along with this spectacular 10 piece show. This award-winning production encapsulates the true magic of one of music’s most iconic couples. They will have everyone singin ‘n’ stompin in the aisles along to ‘Folsom Prison Blues’, ‘Ring Of Fire’, ‘A Boy Named Sue’, ‘Jackson’, ‘Hurt’ – picking out the very best hits from careers spanning over 50 years!

Belfast Girls – On The Run

The Belfast GIRLS are BACK and up to more mischief!

Bernie finds herself in hot water with the police after flogging the latest weight loss pill to half of Belfast so Bernie, Betty & Michelle find themselves ON THE RUN! And what better place to hide than the local Convent, surely no one’s going to look for her there, right?! Or will they?

Will Bernie get caught and go prison? Will she realise her heart belonged to GOD all along and become a nun? Grab your mates and your blossom hill and come and find out! You don’t wanna miss the CRAIC!

CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE & ADULT CONTENT – SUITABLE FOR 18+

PADDY RAFF at the Silverbirch Hotel

‘Gimme a Minute’

 

Award-winning Northern Irish comedy sensation Paddy Raff is back on tour taking his brand new hilarious standup show ‘Gimme a Minute!’ on the road in 2024. Having previously sold out venues across UK and Ireland, including a record 6 nights in Belfast’s SSE Arena, Paddy’s new show, featuring his own blend of storytelling, observational and musical comedy, is one not to be missed.


Tickets available from Hotel Reception or buy online now:

Big Anthonys

A rural cottage located centrally between Omagh and Cookstown. Situated at the foot of the Sperrin mountains. It’s in an area of outstanding beauty with lots of local attractions including the Gortin glens, Beckmore stone circle and the Ulster American folk park.

The cottage is detached with lots of outdoor space. There are beautiful views of the countryside. The house is spacious, with 3 bedrooms and a large family bathroom and a fully exuipt kitchen. Washer dryer facilities are available.

There is a sofa bed available to accommodate 2 further guests if required

It is located 0.2 miles from the An Creagan visitor centre witch has a restaurant, walks, bicycle trail and kids play area

 

The space:

There are 3 bedrooms each with a double bed. There is a cot in one of the bedrooms.There is also a sofa bed in one of the 2 living rooms if needed. There are 2 living rooms , one kitchen and one large bathroom. There is also a workspace

 

Price:

Must be rented for 2 nights minimum at £150 a night

An Creagán – Tornoge Cottage

TORNOGE 2 BEDROOM (DOUBLE & SINGLE BED IN EACH ROOM)

Two bedroom cottage, all on ground floor. Both bedrooms have a king and single bed, one room has a wet room shower ensuite and the second has a bathroom. Bed linen and towels provided. Spacious kitchen/living/dining area with fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils and crockery. The cottage is oil central heatedand has an additional log burning stove with starter pack provided, additional logs can be purchased on site. Patio doors opening into garden with barbeque area.

Meadows Camping Field

Nestled close to the beautiful market village of Gortin, at the foot of the Sperrin mountains. The Meadows is a wonderful hideaway campsite.

Meadows Camping Facebook Page

Johnny Brady – New Years Eve at Lola’s

New Years Eve In Lola’s
Dance the night away to Johnny Brady
Doors open 21.15

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