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Ferns Gathering 2013

June 7th - 9th, 2013



This page details the events planned for the Gathering - visit our Post Gathering page for a flavour of what happened over this wonderful weekend.

Download printable Calendar of Events.pdf

Bui Bolg Workshops

In advance of our Gathering weekend, Bui Bolg, the well known street theatre group, put on workshops on creating characters to be used in our Gathering Parade. For more information on the workshops click here

Sign up for Genealogy workshops.

Are you interested in taking part in free workshops sponsored and conducted by Eneclann, the award winning Generalogy company. Read more......

Ferns Gathering Tapestry

made by local 5th class pupils Click here to view tapestry

Diarmuid MacMurrough's Exploits in 2013

We have heard of his exploits in the 12th century, read on and you can catch up with his activities in 2013.....

Diarmuid visits local schools

In preparation for the Ferns Gathering on June 7th to 9th, Diarmuid MacMurrough and his party visit local schools. In the run up the Ferns Gathering, plans are in place to visit all schools in Ferns parish. This is a great opportunity to bring to life the story of Diarmuid MacMurrough and the rich history associated with Ferns. So don’t dismiss stories from children telling you a medieval King visited their school. He is pictured with his arch enemies O'Ruairc, King of Breifni and O'Connor of Connacht. Click on this link to find out where he visited and what he got up to... .

Diarmuid MacMurrough Sails for Wales

Diarmuid MacMurrough left Ferns for Wales in 1166 to appeal to Henry 11 to assist him in regaining his Kingdom of Leinster, resulting in the Norman invasion and thus changing the course of Irish history. 850 years later, and in preparation for the Ferns Gathering weekend in June, Diarmuid MacMurrough and his party sailed to Wales on April 4th, to once again meet with Strongbow and renew his invitation – this time to the Ferns Gathering in June. Click here to read about Diarmuid's exploits in Wales in 2013

Planned events include:
Friday: Click here to view Friday's events
Saturday: Click here to view Saturday's events.
Sunday: Click here to view Sunday's events.

Re-enactors will be a feature of our Gathering, giving a medieval atmosphere. We are also inviting local people to get involved by dressing in medieval costumes. If you are interested in getting involved, get in touch on fernsgathering@fernsvillage.ie.

Keep in touch with what’s going on and give us your ideas - you can email us on fernsgathering@fernsvillage.ie. Over the coming months we will keep you up to date with our plans - visit our Ferns Gathering Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @FernsGathering.

The idea for the Ferns Gathering came out of the Government's national Gathering tourism initiative which encourages individuals and communities to create events with a 'Gathering' slant throughout 2013. The community of Ferns is working to create a Gathering weekend on June 7th, 8th and 9th, celebrating what makes Ferns unique -its people and its heritage. To reflect the significance of our medieval heritage our Gathering will have a medieval theme. We plan to make it a fun weekend - the village of Ferns will be alive with music, pageantry and craic. So take note - make sure you're in Ferns for June 7th, 8th & 9th 2013. Help us to make it a weekend to remember. For those of you with no connection to Ferns, we invite you to make a connection with a very special part of Ireland. Ferns, the ancient capital of Leinster and Gateway to Norman Wexford has a lot to offer, great heritage, great people and great fun. Scroll down this page for information on events - but do keep checking because we have some interesting plans in the pipeline.

Our local community is encouraged to spread the word of the Ferns Gathering – by contacting friends, relatives and neighbours who are living abroad – inviting them back. We want to make this a special weekend – to make it a great experience for everyone – for our community and our visitors. Well done to Scoil Naoimh Maodhóg for organising a Ferns Gathering Christmas Card. Pupils in all Ferns parish schools sent out hundreds of cards designed by local artist John Paul Murray. The card was sent to relations and friends in countries including Japan, Israel, USA, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, England and USA. xmas_card_map_004a.jpg. Congratulations to all involved - it was a great success.


Re-enactors will be a feature of our Gathering, giving a medieval atmosphere. We are also inviting local people to get involved by dressing in medieval costumes. If you are interested in getting involved, get in touch on fernsgathering@fernsvillage.ie.

Keep in touch with what’s going on and give us your ideas - you can email us on fernsgathering@fernsvillage.ie. Over the coming months we will keep you up to date with our plans - visit our Ferns Gathering Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @FernsGathering.