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Friday, January 28, 2011

February 2011 Events in Roscommon

For this year, please see January & February Events 2013

Brigid’s Cross Making Workshop
– Tuesday 1st Feb in Cruachan Aí Centre, 4pm – 5. Family friendly activity! Cost is €4 per person, includes materials, Family ticket just €10.

Story of the Cross - A pagan chieftain from the neighbourhood of Kildare was dying. Christians in his household sent for Brigid to talk to him about Christ. When she arrived, the chieftain was raving. As it was impossible to instruct this delirious man, hopes for his conversion seemed doubtful. Brigid sat down at his bedside and began consoling him. As was customary, the dirt floor was strewn with rushes both for warmth and cleanliness. Brigid stooped down and started to weave them into a cross, fastening the points together. The sick man asked what she was doing. She began to explain the cross, and as she talked, his delirium quieted and he questioned her with growing interest. Through her weaving, he converted and was baptized at the point of death. Since then, the cross of rushes has been venerated in Ireland.

Imbolg Candlelight Procession on Rathcroghan – Tuesday 1st Feb, meet at Rathcroghan Car Park, 7pm - 8. Family friendly activity! No charge.

Connect to Ireland's ancient past - Walk where your ancestors walked, honouring the anceint Springtime festival of lights.

St. Brigid, and the Celtic Goddess Brighid, Talk and Presentation with Bernadette D’Alton – Wednesday 2nd February, 8pm – 9.30. Cost is €4 per person, includes free tea/coffee.

Part of the Adult Education Programme 2011

Coffee Morning in Aid of National Rehabilitation Centre, Dun Laoghaire, in Coffee@Keoghs – Saturday 5th Feb, starts 10.30am. For further info please call Katherine 086 1733914

If you know of someone who has benefitted from the excellent services of the National Rehabilitation Hospital, please support this worthy event.

Valentine’s Card Making Workshop – Saturday 12th Feb in Cruachan Aí Centre, 2pm to 4. Cost is €8 per person, includes materials.

What better way to say "I Love You" than with a personalised, handmade Valentine's Card?

Traditional Skills Weekend Workshop – Dry Stone Walls Technique and Practice, with local craftsman Andy Rimmer. Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th February, meet at Cruachan Aí Centre. Cost is €75 per day (discounts available, please enquire at Cruachan Aí)

Cruachan Aí Heritage Centre in Tulsk, Co. Roscommon, has organized a series of workshops which take care of the local landscape and farming community, while offering participants a true connection to Irish heritage, and learning of traditional crafts and skills.

First in the series is the Dry Stone Walls workshop, running from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th February. You can be collected from the local airport, bus or train station on Friday evening, accommodated in a self catering cottage in the Medieval village of Tulsk, and on Saturday and Sunday you learn how to build and repair stone walls in the traditional Irish way, under the expert tuition of a local master craftsman.

Why is it different from other traditional skills offerings? Because the workshop is put to sound practical use on a local level, preparing and building stone walls for local farmers, who may otherwise have chosen not to rejuvenate the heritage feature, so integrally iconic to the west of Ireland. Or worse – to replace with modern fencing.

Options to build your ideal weekend package (per person):
• Basic Tuition (Sat 19th and Sun 20th Feb) €75 per day. (30% discount if you book in January!)

• Collection from local bus, train or airport €15-€40, return trip
• Accommodation (self catering) from €25 per night
• Catering, 3 meals per day, €25 per day

As a bonus, participants and their families get to explore the legendary Rathcroghan, the seat of Royalty in the West of Ireland for nearly 2000 years. When you sign up for the weekend workshop, you can explore Irish history through the ages: walk the land of Celtic Warrior Queen Maeve, see where the great bulls fought their epic battle in the Cattle Raid of Cooley, follow the Druid’s quest for knowledge to the sacred triple spring of healing, stand where the gaelic kings stood to fight invading tyranny and receive their rightful crowns.

More information and feedback on the Facebook Events Listing

Introduction to Archaeology Talk & Presentation, with John Sinnott - Thursday 24th Feb in Cruachan Aí Centre, 8pm to 9.30. Cost is €4 per person, includes free tea/coffee.

Part of the Adult Education Programme 2011


Every Tuesday Morning - Irish Conversation social meets in Coffee@Keoghs. 11am to 12.
Feb 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

Every Thursday Morning - Cruachan Crafters in Cruachan Aí Centre, 10am to 12.
Feb 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Second Wednesday of every month Writers Club in Cruachan Ai Centre, 10am to 12.
Feb 9th

Last Wednesday of every month Irish Conversation social meets in Tulsk Inn, 7pm to 8.
Feb 23rd

Cruachan Aí Heritage Centre 071 9639268
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