Mountcharles Heritage Festival is now in its second year, having revived the tradition from more than 20 years ago.
The programme for this year’s event is comprehensive and varied, with something to interest everyone.
Well-known broadcaster Joe Mahon from ‘Lesser Spotted Ulster’ is the opening speaker and will give a talk at 8.15pm on Friday night in the community centre, following the Official Opening with St Peter’s Band.
On Saturday, renowned local historian and author Helen Meehan deliver a lecture about Mountcharles writer Seumas MacManus and his wife, poet Ethna Carbery, as well as the literary works of the late Cahir Healy who also hailed from Mountcharles. This will take place at 3pm in St Peter’s NS Hall.
Other speakers include Eamonn Monaghan, historian and poet, who will talk about the stone heritage of the area, and award-winning poet and writer Winifred McNulty who will facilitate the creative writing workshop.
There is also an abundance of traditional music, dancing, drama and story-telling, with a traditional ‘Oíche Cois Tine’ (night by the fireside) on Saturday evening.
The heritage walk on Sunday afternoon will take in the places of historic interest around the village and will be led by local walking leader Anne Leonard.
The exhibition hall will include stone carving, basket-weaving, embroidery, crochet, knitting and lace-making, all of which were part of the village life up to the 1960’s, and some of which are now being revived.
And, as if all of that wasn’t enough, there is a variety of children’s entertainment, art and writing competitions involving the local schoolchildren, a country market and book signings by local authors to fill out the packed programme.