Rathcroghan Visitor Centre plays host to archaeological conferences, lecture series, heritage and cultural events and family friendly activities throughout the year. To find out more and stay up to date with events at Rathcroghan. Contact us, Follow us on Facebook and Sign up to our mailing list!
You won’t want to miss the following upcoming events at Rathcroghan!
The Táin March Festival 2019 – May 17th, 2019
The Táin March begins in Rathcroghan in Co Roscommon, where Queen Maeve began her quest for the Brown Bull of Cooley and ends in Bush, Cooley, Co. Louth on the June bank holiday. The march itself takes place over three weekends and 12 walking days in total.
Queen Maeve will assemble her warrior army and dispatch them to retrieve the Brown Bull in Cooley. Local schools and heritage groups will assemble on the mound of Rathcroghan to retell stories and recite poems. The Táin March itself will commence at 11am where walkers will leave Rathcroghan and visit the medieval village of Tulsk. Followed by a reception at 1 pm in Rathcroghan Visitor Centre.
At 2 pm the walk continues to Lissonuffy graveyard arriving at 4.30pm. Walkers will be taken to Strokestown for 5pm where Queen Maeve will march with her army through the main town. Music, food and local attractions will ensure a fantastic evenings fun.
This event is open to the public with no need to book! Come along and join in the fun!
For more information please contact us directly on [email protected].
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Michael Herity Annual Memorial Lecture – Heritage Week Events
Michael Herity was a prestigious archaeologist and Emeritus Professor of UCD, specialising in the Neolithic and early Christian sites including Rathcroghan, who regrettably died at the age of 86. In honour of his long and active career and important contribution to Irish archaeology a memorial lecture is held yearly in August at Rathcroghan Visitor Centre. This years lecture which will be delivered by archaeologist and early Irish historian, Dr. Brian Lacey, is entitled – ‘St. Colmcille – Memories and Commemorations’ and will take place at the Visitor Centre on Wednesday 21st August at 7.30pm.
As a further part of our Heritage Week programme this year , on Tuesday 20th August at 7pm, we will host a talk entitled ‘An Introduction to N5 Ballaghadereen- Scramoge Archaeology’, where Deirdre McCarthy, N5 Resident Archaeologist will outline the current archaeological works ongoing along the route of the proposed N5 Ballaghadereen- Scramoge Road Project.
NB – please note that while our Heritage Week events are free of charge, booking is essential as places are limited.
Places can be booked by phone 071 9639268 or by email [email protected]
Rathcroghan Winter Lecture Series
Rathcroghan Visitor Centre hosts a winter lecture series, over the five Thursdays of November at the Visitor Centre, beginning on Thursday 1st November. Talks will begin at 7.30pm sharp on each evening, details of individual talks are available on our Facebook page here.
This event cannot be booked online, all bookings are to be made via email or by telephone.
Why not host your meeting or conference at our Visitor Centre, we offer meeting/conference room rental for groups up to 30 people with onsite catering available. View our Táin Café menu to see what’s on offer!
I don't know why this place is not more famous, this is where the legendary Queen Maeve had her royal seat and where the saga of the Tain Bó Cuailnge... read more
- Janine R
A site not yet overcrowded, full of history and legends. would recommend it to everybody who is interested in all the legends about the queen of connaught. we did the... read more
The most interesting and very entertaining tour of beautiful fields rocks and ruins . Mike the tour guide was so entertaining knowledgeable and passionate about the area. Would highly recommend... read more
The trip was absolutely fantastic. I cannot applaud Mike (tour guide) enough for his energy and information. His presentation was poetic, informative, factbased and also referenced An Táin as well... read more
- Kathy C
We stayed at Anne's B & B in Tulsk after visiting the Irish National Famine Museum in Strokestown. Anne directed us to the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre and suggested we... read more
The Rathcroghan Visitor Centre has a wonderful exhibition. It was very helpful and informative for the research I'm doing. They have a case with artifacts from the National Museum of... read more
Guide Mike was an unending source of knowledge and realism. Made history not just interesting but really fascinating. Did the tour, at the end of which a man from RTE... read more
The visitor center has awesome displays and local information, as well as a cute gift shop and a restaurant. Our guided tour was led by Daniel and I'm convinced there's... read more
I visited both the visitor center and the royal site and neither disappointed. Daniel, our guide and the manager of the visitor center, was incredibly knowledgeable and a very engaging... read more
- Katrine D
The tour at Rathcroghan was an excellent experience! We didn’t know very much about Ireland’s past and the guide helped us understand much more about the how we know (or... read more