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Celtic Cultured Connection

Oct 04 2019 - Oct 05 2019
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Ross Castle, Oldcastle, Meath,

You are invited to explore a weekend of Irish culture, art & local organic food in the historical Ross castle Co.Meath with nutritional therapists Nicky Halliday & Steph Moeran, Irish artist Céin O'Brien & farmer Richard Moeran

This is the perfect weekend for foodies who are looking to connect with their Celtic roots, or even just to explore a bit of Irish culture and history. It will be a time to nourish yourself with incredible food, connect with beautiful souls and to celebrate our ancestors’ lives wherever they hail from.

Enjoy 2 nights at The Ancient Castle Ross

The Castle is situated on the south side of the River Inny as it enters Lough Sheelin. Its origins go back to the early Iron Age, with many remains of dolmen stones, ring forts and Norman castles found in the immediate area. This haunting castle offers beautiful waterfront views across the shore of Lough Sheelin and boasts beautiful unique en-suite accommodation in a historic setting in the heart of Ireland. If we are lucky, we may encounter the ghost of a young broken-hearted girl Sabina who lived there in the 1500s. Steph grew up very close to the Castle and her mother is now managing it, so they know a thing or two about this beautiful area.

The Food

Nicky Halliday and Steph Moeran will be focusing on preparing the best quality local organic food. This glorious food will be sourced from McNallys organic farm, the local farms nearby and what we can forage ourselves from around the castle. They will be preparing some healthy traditional Irish delights. You will leave with a new love for our wonderful local ingredients, many top culinary and nutrition tips, and some tasty recipes for you to enjoy at home. As well being immersed in Irish culture, you will find out how to make your own cultured foods and why they are so good for us.


During the weekend, you will visit Loughcrew Cairns, also known as the Hills of the Witch. They are a group of Neolithic passage tombs dating back to 3000 BC. It's truly incredible. From the top of the hill you can view 14 counties. Here you will share a cup of cacao and connect with this ancient site using songs and meditation.

Celtic Art Class with Céin

Céin is a local photographer and artist. He is passionate in both Celtic and pre Celtic history and Ireland’s natural beauty. He will be teaching you about traditional Celtic weave styles, animal motifs and the significance of the spiral within Celtic Art and symbolism.

Irish History & Folklore with Richard Moeran

Richard Moeran is an organic farmer, farming cattle, sheep and porridge oats for the last 20 years. He is a well known figure within the agricultural community in Ireland. Richard has a deep love and connection for the land. He is greatly interested in Irelands history and folklore.

Other Activities
You can also look forward storytelling, an ancestral celebration dinner, a cookery demonstration, some foraging around the castle, a fermentation class with a talk on gut health and cultured foods, recipes to take home, morning yoga and an evening of live traditional Irish music.

This event is part of Taste the Island