This August bank holiday enjoy music, art, street entertainment, family fun all around Oldcastle in Co. Meath. This year is the 20th birthday celebration of Ireland’s longest running independent festival. Tickets for music are available on the Le Cheile website.
The town of Oldcastle was the 18th century creation of the Naper family, who received parts of the Plunkett estate following the cromwellian wars. Due in part to the continuation of a Gaelic way of life, the area, suffered badly during the Great Famine (1845-‘9) in comparison with richer, more arable and more progressive areas in the southern part of Co. Meath. The poorest inhabitants were obliterated by starvation and emigration. Nonetheless, land patterns still visible today reveal a strong attachment to pastoral farming of ‘Gaelic Culture’.
Learn more about the architectural heritage of Oldcastle