Unearthing Macha

£45/person
3.5 Hours 4-10 People All Weather Inc Lunch Walking

Unearthing Macha

For 7,500 years people have been drawn to Armagh. Tribes and druids, knights and kings, saints and scholars, innovators and creative talents, legendary names from Irish folklore and history. This is a 3.5-hour experience (including lunch) which is a fusion of a city centre walking tour with visits to 3 locations on the Hill of Armagh - The Crypt of St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, No 5 Vicar’s Hill, the Robinson Library, and ending in the Shambles area of the city at Aonach Mhacha which is Armagh’s new Culturlann. During the tour, we will uncover the stories and characters associated with Macha a mythological Celtic Warrior Queen & Goddess from whom Armagh takes its name - Ard Mhacha (the height of Macha). Throughout the experience, we will embrace panoramic views of the lush green drumlin landscape, the culture, history, myths, legends, music, and traditions of the city and surrounding area. There are stories from the pre-Christian era waiting to be explored which abound in Ard Mhacha - the Machas and other mythological personalities such as Cu Chulainn, King Conchobar (Conor) MacNessa, Deirdre of the Sorrows.

These stories are woven into the music, dance, folklore, art and literature of this ancient spiritual city. The story will begin with the legend that Macha is buried on the “Hill of Armagh” and we will continue to delve into the story of the Machas giving an overview of why the Navan Fort is called Emain Macha “The Twins of Macha”, her curse on the men of Ulster, expanding on the “superhero” mythological character Cu Chulainn who escaped the curse and went on the defend Ulster against Queen Maebh of Connaught and her army. We will uncover other Royal links to this site such as the burial place of the High King Brian Boru, visitors will see a statue of the pagan God/King Lugh in the Cathedral crypt. Macha is at the core of the story and the branches reaching out from her are the landscape, agriculture, the richness of the land and a wealth of mythology associated with Armagh and Ulster. Armed with newly acquired information about Macha at the end of the experience in Armagh city participants can be offered the option of travelling the short distance (less than 2 miles) to climb to the summit of the Navan Fort and/or to visit the Navan Centre interpretive centre to delve deeper into this story.

FRENCH SPEAKING TOUR

Donna is fluent in French and will deliver the entire tour in French if necessary, Other Languages always available.

FOOD & CIDER TOURS

We have made arrangements with Local Armagh Apple Orchards and Cider Manufacturers to facilitate Tours on the premises.

BLUE BADGE GUIDE

Donna has been fully Qualified since 1997 and has held the Blue Badge accreditation since then, Fully insured

MULTILINGUAL TOUR

We have Multilingual Tour Guide operators who work with us, available in French, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Italian & Cantonese.

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