World’s highest Céilí

Ceili time.
The world’s highest ceilí will take place in Laois this Summer as part of the weekend Ard Eireann Midsummer Festival, now in its third year.

The world’s highest ceilí will take place in Laois this Summer as part of the weekend Ard Eireann Midsummer Festival, now in its third year.

Kathleen Culliton, well-known Laois Céilí organiser, is looking forward to the event

“Following the lead of Riverdance, we are delighted to take things up a notch, literally, to the highest point of the Slieve Bloom Mountains We are focussing our invitations on people from far and near, who have a connection with this area – but everyone is welcome”, said Kathleen who is PRO of the organising committee.

This event with ancient Druidic roots, takes place on the July, 27 & 28. The Festival kicks off with a bus tour on Saturday leaving from the MDA carpark, Mountmellick at 10am and arriving back at 4pm.

This will be a roving story-telling trip around the towns and villages of the mountains.

The tour will stop in Cadamstown to allow people buy refreshments.

On Sunday the fun starts with people meeting at the Poet’s Cottage, Camross at 11am.

“We will go in convoy to the Scout’s Campsite, Srahan and those that wish will walk up to the top of Ard Eireann for the ceili – about 3.5 hours walk in all.

“The walk and mountain-top ceili is followed by refreshments at base camp and more music, dance and craic until late,” said Kathleen.

The all-inclusive cost is €10 per person which will be collected on the day.

You can learn more at www.slievebloomassociation.ie / www.thegatheringireland.com.