Uisneach Bealtaine Fire Celebration
May 05 2018
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Uisneach, Rathnew, Loughnavalley, Mullingar, Westmeath,
The Hill of Uisneach in Westmeath has played a role many significant Irish events of Irish history, with relics found there dating back as far as the Neolithic era.
The Hill of Uisneach in Westmeath has played a role many significant events of Irish history, with relics found there dating back as far as the Neolithic era. This hill stands over the plains of the midlands and from its peak you can see twenty different counties.
In Irish mythology it serves as the burial site for Ériu and Lugh, two members of the Tuatha Dé Danann who represent Mother Earth and the Sun respectively. It is also the site where a fire is lit to mark the start of the Gaelic season of Bealtaine.
The annual fire takes place this year on the evening of Saturday 5th May. Kids can go free but will still need a ticket. All attendees are requested to bring a torch or flashlight and wear the appropriate footwear and warm clothing as it can get cold when the sun goes down, even at the start of the Gaelic summer!