TÁIN MARCH WALKING FESTIVAL 

 

JUNE 17 - 18 2022

Kells & District Tourism Network are delighted to welcome the Táin March to Kells Courthouse once again.  This walking festival begins at Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon where Queen Maeve began her quest for the Brown Bull of Cooley and ends in Bush, Co. Louth. Warriors such as Cuchulainn, Maeve, Ferdia and the great King Fergus contribute to the story of envy, honour and military prowess in the titanic struggle over a prize bull called Donn Cúailnge.  Queen Maeve and her Connaght army capture the Brown Bull making camp at Kells on their homeward journey.  Although pursued by the Ulster army, Queen Maeve manages to bring Donn Cúailnge across the Shannon at Athlone and back to Rathcroghan.

'Candlelit Tales' at Teltown House at 7pm on Friday, June 17th set the scene for the arrival of the Táin March at Kells Courthouse at 2pm, June 18th.

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KELLS ROAD RACES 2022 

 

JUNE 18 -19

A hugely successful fundraising ride out in March involving over 2,000 members of the motor cycling community has ensured the very welcome return of Kells Road Races in 2022.  Entry to this exciting two day event is €30. 

Entry forms and registration

KELLS TYPE TRAIL 2022                                                   JUNE 23- AUGUST 28

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Kells TypeTrail is an annual festival celebrating typography highlighting our Kells unique heritage of lettering as a form of communication. Each year one word is interpreted in a series of indoor and outdoor art installations throughout Kells to form a trail turning the streets of Kells into a canvas of type. This year’s word is ‘NOW’.

 

Kells Type Trail launches at 7pm, Thursday 23 June 2022, at Church of Ireland.

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JUNE 23 - 18 2022

Celebrating it's 10th anniversary in 2022, Hinterland Festival of Literature and the Arts is among the most prominent literary festivals in Ireland. Each year over four days, Kells welcomes writers, readers, history buffs, music lovers and artists.  Part of Hinterland's appeal is due to it's children's programme - no other arts and literary festival is as family friendly as Kells.  On the "fringe" there are art and antique exhibitions, a Lit Crawl and music nights.  Hinterland Festival Kells  welcomes Marty Morrissey, Diarmaid Ferriter, Fintan O' Toole, Eileeen Dunne and Rosita Boland to name a few.  Tom Dunne make his annual return with insights on how the world has fallen apart since we lost Bowie.  Hear Stephen Morris from Joy Division and New Order in conversation on a life in music with Nerys Williams.  KÍLA one of Ireland's most innovative and exciting bands renowned for their live energetic performances play at the Headfort Arms Hotel, Saturday June 25th. 

 

Some events are already SOLD OUT so dont miss out.   

Find out more about the Authors, Artists, LitCrawl and Other Things To Do during the festival check out the programme and book your tickets here

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Winner of the National Heritage Newcomer Award in 2021 the Colmcille 1500 Illuminations Tours make an anticipated return during Heritage Week in August 2022. 

Colmcille 1500 Illuminations Tours

13 - 21 August 2022

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The vibrant projected imagery showcased Kells’ connection to St Colmcille and the distinctive iconography, artwork and symbols first evident in the Cathach, a 6th century manuscript said to have been penned by St. Colmcille himself. The event was a huge success, drawing many people to undertake the self-guided tour and even won a National Heritage Week Award. 

Projected at historic locations adjacent to the monastic site this fabulous outdoor display highlights the rich physical heritage that is part of the very structure of our streets presenting our heritage in a contemporary way. The specially commissioned collection narrates the stories and significant times of Colmcille and his followers in vibrant colour capturing the imagination of adults and children alike. 

 

St. Colmcille's legacy includes the distinctive iconography, artwork and symbols first evident in the Cathach, a 6th century manuscript and said to have been penned by St. Colmcille himself.  It is this magnificent artwork inspired by Colmcille and developed by Columban monks reaching it's zenith in the  Book of Kells that are central not only to the identity of Kells but of Ireland worldwide.

Come join us on our nightly tours during heritage week August 13th - August 21 and we will share with you the stories behind each illumination.  Delivered with humour and storytelling by local guides this is a wonderful family experience and a unique night time event in the Boyne Valley and Ireland's Ancient East. 

 

From the 6th century to recent history discover the traditions of stone carving, metal work and writing that were perfected at Kells Monastery and how they are connected to creating a visual and national identity in the formation of the new state.  Learn about the origin of copyright law and the Battle of the Book (yes it's the Cathach again !), the sad tale of Colmcille's exile,  and Kells under attack from vikings and even the Irish themselves!!

Book your ticket here discover Colmcille the man, prince celt and saint and make our secret yours.