Hiking: Four Peaks for Ireland, Sept 2021.
The Four Peak Challenge is an endurance race to climb the peaks of Ireland in 48 hours. Beginning at sunrise in County Kerry, you walk into the embrace of Carantoohill and ascend the Devil’s Ladder to the highest point in Ireland. And it’s not even breakfast.
The next peak is the Head of the Bald King in Mayo, Cnoc Maol Reidh. Considered the most dangerous mountain in Ireland, its eastern route is an 8-hour journey into the Hall of the King, with some narrow passes and steep drops. The western approach, however, is considerably quicker and less treacherous. Beginning from Silver Strand, the setting sun will guide you up the King’s Cloak and back.
Cool your toes with a dip in the Atlantic Ocean and get some rest in the midlands. Tomorrow you rise with the sun and travel north to the lands of the Cúige Uladh. The journey up Slieve Donard is a relaxing meander through wood by stream, and into the Mourne Mountains. Atop Antrim, you’ll find Ulster crowned by a cairn.
The road south takes you to the final peak in Wicklow, Lughnaquilla. Beginning from the Glen of Imaal, walk the ridges and follow the stream up atop Leinster. The final peak is a platform, this is the highest peak in Ireland, outside of Kerry of course.
This is an Irish Odyssey; it’s a considerable physical and mental challenge. We do not recommend doing this during the winter: the longer the day, the less the rush. We’re creating an itinerary to help you do the Four Peaks for Ireland 2022.
Foundations Records at Clonony Castle, Aug 2021.
Culture is the cumulation of our intellectual and creative Tradition. It isn’t an inert, distant display that we observe in a glass box; it is dynamic and we play an active role in its creation.
With this in mind, we invited Foundations Records, a young Dublin music collective, to live stream from within the walls of a 15th-century Castle in County Offaly. We wanted to open doors (and a gatehouse) to allow the young people of Ireland to engage with their history and bring new energy to old stone.
We are very grateful to the caretaker of Clonony Castle, Rebecca Armstrong, for her trust, her great conversation, and her bravery. You can find three recordings below. The genre is minimal house, but within those walls, it felt like we were in a bodhrán.
Performers: Sean Connaughton, Andrew Guilfoyle and Jack Murphy.
Hiking: Glendalough Fundraiser, Oct 2019.
We meet at 9:00am at the Glendalough Green Cafe for a coffee and meet the rest of the hiking group.
At 9:45 we all headed on to park in the Glendalough visitor centre. The walk was a 12km loop and there was toilets at the start/finish point. From there a short 15mins drive to the beautiful Glenmalure valley to a mobile sauna and the brave went for a dip in the river!
We had the sauna organised for 2pm for an hour and then onto the Glenmalure Lodge for a well earned pint and some grub!
Glendalough is home to one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. This monastic settlement was founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century and from this developed the “Monastic City”. Most of the buildings that survive today date from the 10th through 12th centuries. Despite attacks by Vikings over the years, Glendalough thrived as one of Ireland’s great ecclesiastical foundations and schools of learning until the Normans destroyed the monastery in 1214 A.D. and the dioceses of Glendalough and Dublin were united. Source – Visit Wicklow
Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us! Check out our video:
Just Words – Poetry Fundraiser, Sept 2019.
From ticket sales, Gaelic Woodland Project Trust signups, Raffle tickets, key-rings sales and donations. Thank you to the moon and back to all who supported us on this night!
We teamed up with the incredible ‘Just Words’ for a night of poetry, storytelling, music, short Irish films and much more!
Just Words: Gaelic Woodland Project Fundraising on 13th September 2019 @ 7pm at the MART Gallery.
An evening brought the chance to connect with people, to find out more about native Irish Woodlands and how we can contribute to restoring native Irish flora and fauna. An evening that raised funds to help replant native Irish woodlands and build a like minded community celebrating Irish culture and performance.
There was complimentary wine, poetry, stories, short films, stalls provided by Gaelic Woodland Project, tarot card readings, music and a raffle with great prizes!
We Raised a Total of €926! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed 🙂
Some of the greatest authors of Irish poetry scene performed and read their poetry on the night:
- Phillip Lynch
- Niamh Hannaford
- Bernard O’Rourke
- Rachel Quinlan
- Lisamarie Johnson
- David Grant
- Adriana Ribeiro
- Jasmina Susic