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Lughnasa Festival in Craggaunowen August Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday 2014

Lughnasa Festival

August Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday 2014 marks the Lughnasa festival at Craggaunowen. This is a unique opportunity for you to join with our costumed re-enactors in a special ‘Lughnasa’ celebration spanning the Bronze Age, through Iron Age, Early Medieval to 16th Century.

Lugh, God of Arts and Crafts in Celtic mythology dedicated the festival to his foster mother Tailtiu. Tailtiu, the last queen of the Fir Bolg, died of exhaustion after clearing a huge expanse of forest for the planting and cultivation of crops. At the end of the summer harvest, a festival of games and skills were held in honour of Tailtiu.

As well as several showcase events at specific times during the weekend, the Festival will have a multitude of ongoing displays at Craggaunowen visitor attraction, demonstrating various aspects of Ireland’s history and heritage, from different time periods with showcase events such as a Brehon Law Trial and a hand-to-hand combat demonstration.

Enjoy a unique glimpse of Celtic family life in a Crannóg from costume, demonstrating and discussing aspects of Bronze Age and Iron Age technology and lifestyle. You will see a range of replica Bronze Age clothing, artefacts, weapons and jewellery.

Witness Ireland’s Golden Age – the Early Christian period brought to life through activities based around the Ringfort where a range of aspects of life from 8th Century Ireland is demonstrated, including textile production, cooking, combat displays and Brehon law courts.

The Medieval period is re-created at 16th century Craggaunowen Castle.  You will enjoy demonstrations of 16th century costume production and also gain an insight into 15th & 16th century military life with a display of costumes, arms and armour. There will also be a display of replica jewellery from the period.

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Bridge win 14th Clare Feile Title (SMB GAA Website)

Sixmilebridge 4-5 Inagh-Kilnamona 2-7

 Sixmilebridge faced reigning Feile champions Inagh-Kilnamona in a repeat of last year’s final. It was seen as mouth watering clash and it lived up to its billing as both sides added to a fantastic game. Continue reading


SMB win 2014 U21 County Final.


Well done to the u21s on their success today.

SMB 1-14 Ballyea 0-11.

The ‘Bridge U21’s retained their title with a brilliant six point victory over Ballyea played at Clarecastle earlier today. There were a few changes in personal and also positional changes to the Brian Culbert managed side with Jamie Shanahan, back from injury, and David Murphy starting in place of Conleth Agnew and the injured Gavin Whyte…

Full Story on SMB GAA Facebook Page.. Continue reading


An Introduction to Kilmurry

The full Irish name is Cill Mhuire na nGall (Kilmurry of the foreigners) which means “Church of the foreigners dedicated to Mary’. It is said that Norman adventurers, under De Clare, built, if not restored, a church outside the village circa 1300 and hence the name.

Kilmurrynagaul is described in Lewis’ Topographicai Dictionary of Ireland, 1837 as follows:

A parish, in the barony of Tulla, county of Clare, and province of Munster, 2/4  miles (N. by W.) from Sixmilebridge, on the road to Tulla, containing 628 inhabitants. It comprises 2199 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, mostly under tillage: the state of agriculture has of late been much improved, chiefly through the exertions of T. Studdert, Esq. of Kilkishen, whose residence, a handsome mansion surrounded by a well-wooded and highly-improved demesne, is within the limits of this parish, and adjoining the village of Kilkishen, in the parish of Clonlea. It is in the diocese of Killaloe, the rectory forms the rectorial union of Ogashin, and the vicarage part of the union of Kiifinaghty. The tithes amount to £78-9-2/4, of which £41l09hI4 is payable to the rector, and the remainder to the vicar.
In the R C. divisions it is part of the union or district of Sixmilebridge, and has a chapel near the village of Kilmurry. The ruins of the
old church still remain in the burial ground, and within the limits of the parish are the ruined castles of Rossroe, Kilmurry and Kilkishen; the last stands in Mr. Studderts’ demesne.

Kilmurry Parish is described by J. Frost in his “History and Topography of Co. Clare as follows:

Although this parish is so-called after the B.V.M. there is no reason to suppose that it was originally dedicated to some Irish saint. A holy well, a little way from the site of the church, is called Tobar Faoile after the virgin saint of that name who had a religious establishment at Ath Cliath Meadhraidhe in the county of Galway and another near Limerick from which the parish of Killeely is designated. Of the church itself not a trace remains but the graveyard surrounding it is greatly used by the people of the neighbouring country as a place of burial.