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Lúnasa Festival 2018 – Monday Memories: The Land and People around Slieve Gullion

Join Seamus for an interactive talk on the relationship between people and the landscape in the Ring of Gullion. Discover how, over a period of 6,000 years an almost empty stretch of hill, forest and bog evolved into one of the most densely populated rural areas in the country.

Come along to this interactive talk, by local historian Seamus Murphy, on the evolution of landscape and communities in the Ring of Gullion.

Seamus’ talk will cover the tales of the various peoples who have lived in the area over the past 6,000 years, starting with the Neolithic farmers who built the cairns, through to the 1700s when the population rapidly increased under a new landlord/tenant system, which left a lasting mark on the political and social development of the area. On to the time of peak population during 1845 and finishing with the modern day building boom of the late 20th century.

Throughout the talk Seamus will look at how the strategic importance of the area, close to the Gap of the North and the main north-south route on the island left its mark in the specific linguistic and cultural development of the Ring of Gullion.

At the end of the evening you will be most welcome to share your stories of the changing times in the Ring of Gullion.

Cost: Free, booking essential as space is limited.

For further information: Contact Seamus on +3538 7367 1861 or by email.

Please note: There are no public toilets on site as yet. Visitors should park at the Visitors’ car park, situated beside Derrymore House.

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