Plans are always well underway for the Cloghane Brandon Hill walking and Music Festival. This extraordinary walking festival takes place every year during Easter in the breath-taking Mount Brandon Mount Range.
Every Easter preparations are in full swing ahead of Féile Sléibhteoireachta Chlochán Bhréanainn - the Cloghane Brandon Walking Festival.
The festival takes place over the Easter weekend. The walking festival caters for all levels of walkers, offering two difficult walks and two easier walks.
The festival offers walkers an opportunity to explore the Mount Brandon mountain range. Over the same weekend, the Cloghane Brandon Music Festival will take place.
The walking festival caters for all levels of walkers, offering two difficult walks (Mount Brandon and Baile Dubh) and two easier walks (Sás Creek to Brandon Point and Sliabh Glas).
You will have the opportunity to explore the Mount Brandon mountain range and the Sliabh Glas route in particular has proven popular with historians and World War II aficionados as remnants of a crashed warplane can be seen along the way.
Walkers will get to experience the wildlife, culture and archaeology of this Gaeltacht town, and will get a chance to practice their Irish with the locals.
At the same time there is the music festival and a music festival completion.
The competition was initiated by musician and RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta presenter Peadar Ó Riada on his radio programme Cuireadh chun Ceoil as he felt that there was far too much emphasis on technique and ornamentation in traditional music competitions these days. In this competition judges deem character, spirit and musicality as being as important as technical proficiency.
To enter, musicians should record five pieces of music and upload them to CuireadhChunCeoil.ie, or alternatively burn them to CD and send them to Peadar Ó Riada.
The Cloghane Brandon Walking and Music Festival is sure to be a fun and fulfilling event for all.
Don`t forget the walking festival will let walkers navigate Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest mountain, and the mountains surrounding the Connor Pass. Walkers who decide to do the moderate walks will get to walk the spectacular Sás Creek to Brandon Point loop walk and visit the war planes at Sliabh Glas. Watch this space as walks for people with young families are yet to be announced!