Music will help mark the summer solstice this year at the mystical Beaghmore stone circles near Cookstown (21 June).
The event, which coincides with World Music Day, will feature a vibrant drumming and dance performance by Releasing Rhythms, together with a living history performance by the Craic theatre group, and engaging talks from experts on the significance of the stones, as well as the skies above Beaghmore.
Part of the week-long ‘Gathering of the Clans’ (18th to 26th June) organised by Mid Ulster District Council, the event is one in a series taking place in the year which marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Hugh ‘The Great’ O’Neill, the last Chieftain to be inaugurated at Tullaghoge Fort and the last Earl of Tyrone and Baron of Dungannon to bear the title of “The O’Neill”.
The varied programme, which has the ancient sites of Tullaghoge Fort, Cookstown and the Hill of the O’Neill, Dungannon at its heart, also includes walking tours of the Sperrins, an exploration of ancient battle and historic sites at Yellow Ford, near Armagh, the Sounds of the Clans in the Burnavon, Cookstown and a free family fun day to close the events at Ranfurly House Arts and Visitors Centre on 26 June.
The Summer Solstice at Beaghmore Stone Circles takes place on Tuesday 21 June. A bus departs from the Burnavon, Cookstown at 6.30pm and returns at 8.30pm. Tickets are £10. Booking is essential with the Burnavon Box Office, Tel: 028 8676 9949 or online at www.burnavon.com.
For more information and to see the full ‘Gathering of the Clans’ programme click here.