On Saturday September 14th, The Tara High Kings Festival will take place on the hill of Tara. Through re-enactments, music and art, visitors will experience the Hill of Tara as it was in the time of High Kings. The main attraction will be a grand tournament. This competition will see 13 competitors from around the world complete a series of tasks demanding a mixture of brains and brawn. These tasks will be loosely based on the traditional entry tasks to join na Fianna. The winner will then be declared High King or Queen.
The festival has been chosen as a signature event for the Gathering and due to this additional publicity campaign behind us, we have been overwhelmed by international interest. We have a competitor coming from Russia (his mother was a McDowell from Longford) and an retired police officer from America ( Kirk, is a proud member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians). We also have a female boxing coach from Meath and have reserved 6 places for our festival partner the GAA who intend entering current and retired GAA stars from home and abroad.
The festival runs from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday 14th September. It will be located on private land opposite Maguire’s Cafe on the hill of Tara. The hill itself will be open as normal to visitors. Admission to the festival is €5 per child, €10 per adult. Please be advised, traffic for the festival will be diverted at Ross Cross to a dedicated festival car park. Regular tour buses visiting the hill (not the festival) can use the car park and usual roads. We are expecting approximately 2500 people to attend the festival, therefore it might be advisable to alter your itinerary to an alternative day or we would be happy to provide your costumers with a reduced price ticket of €8. The number of tickets available are limited and going fast. This festival is a community event and while we have their blessing, is not linked to the OPW.