In April 2006 The Leitrim Genealogy Centre organised the first ever Leitrim Roots Festival which can be seen as one of the very first ever gathering festivals in Ireland.
The festival was developed as result of a large number of enquiries from people in search of their ancestors. For the Festival a week long programme ran in County Leitrim where people with Leitrim ancestry returned to their county and shared experiences with people with similar interests. The festival took place again in 2007.
This year the Leitrim Roots Festival will run from 20th to 28th September. As well as people who are attending for the whole week from places such as Australia, USA, Canada, England and Northern Ireland we are also offering day packages where you can choose which of the daily activities you would like to join.
The days available are:
Day 2 – Saturday 21st September. Yeats Day: Walk in the footsteps William Butler Yeats and see the places that so inspired WB Yeats. Have a trip around Lough Gill on The Rose of Innisfree and end the day with dinner and an evening of poetry.
Day 4 – Monday 23rd September. Famine Research Day: Examine the Famine History of Historic Carrick on Shannon and then travel to Strokestown Park for lunch and a visit to their restored walled gardens and Famine Museum which commemorates the history and documents the circumstances of The Famine in Ireland.
Day 5 – Tuesday 24th September. Genealogy Day – Tracing your Ancestors: Travel to Ballinamore to visit the County Library where there will be a workshop on ‘Tracing your Ancestors’. We will also visit the Leitrim Genealogy Centre, the Glenview Museum and Tully, Carrigallen the birthplace of Margaret of New Orleans. This evening sees a free event with night of traditional music, song, dance and storytelling in the Corn Mill Theatre, Carrigallen.
Day 7 – North Leitrim Tour: Taking the scenic Arigna Drive to visit The Arigna Mining Experience before travelling on to Glenfarne to visit The Rainbow Ballroom of Romance. Following lunch we travel to Kiltyclogher to visit the homestead of Sean Mac Diarmada. The return journey takes us to Ballinaglera where we stop at Wrynne’s Bar for an Irish coffee. Later an evening of traditional music, song and dance takes place at The Dock Arts Centre in Carrick on Shannon.
Day 8 - Gala Dinner and Céilí: Gala Dinner and Céilí at The Bush Hotel Carrick on Shannon with Show and music by the Emerald Revellers.
Festival details and prices are available on www.leitrimrootsfestival.com so please visit our website.
To book your place please call Megan on 071 9620170.