The Cashel Heritage forum has officially launched “To Crown A King” the Town’s contribution to the all Island Brian Ború Millennium celebrations.
The Cashel festival was launched in the Teach Cheoil of Bru Boru last Friday Morning at 10.14am. Cashel Heritage Forum’s Joanne Hughes thanked festival sponsors: the Town and County Councils, Tipperary Historical Society, South Tipperary Tourism Company and the Heritage Council, for their funding; which is in excess of €15,000. “This will ensure that Cashel marks the Brian Boru millennium in style” said Joanne. Dr. Patrick Gleeson from UCC, said Cashel was immensely important to Brian Boru. Also to his people the Dal gCais and their descendents the Kennedy’s and O’Briens. “We used to think that Tara was the important centre of kingship in Ireland, but we are realizing now that Brian Boru saw Cashel as the Christian centre of political power in the island. Cashel is hugely significant in the story of 11th century Ireland.” Joanne told us that “To Crown a King” will feature an international conference with leading academics giving talks on the life of Brian Boru. The festival will feature three world class concerts, with the Voice Squad on April 25th. ex-Stockton’s Wing fiddler, Maurice Lennon’s “Brian Boru High King of Tara” with a cast of top class professional tradition musicians on Saturday 26th of April. The final concert is a mix of Country ‘n Irish with an amazing group of musicians from Nashville, The Willis clan, who are stars of Great American Country TV in the USA. They have performed at the O2 in Dublin, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Dollywood and Disney World. On Sunday 27th April, there will be a huge pageant for all the community, with everyone invited to dress up and take part in a recreation of the 1953 Tostal, culminating in the Crowning of Brian Boru. Pupils from St. John The Baptist school were on hand to add a bit of Medieval menace to the launch with costumes they will be wearing in the Community pageants. Tickets are €25. Tel: Tourist officen (062 62511) for more details.