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The Week of Welcomes (running from Friday the 2nd August to Friday 8th August inclusive) should hopefully be an exciting week of heritage discovery for those who will attend. For all those who wish to take time out and enjoy the local hospitality while tracing their past there will be plenty of time to rest and relax too.

Events which will be running during the festival include the following:


Meet and Greet on Friday night - Once everyone has been settled on Friday, there will be a gentle trad session to ease everyone into the delights of the week ahead!

*See a bit of glitz at NORTH KERRY ROSE SELECTION NIGHT,to pick a girl to go forward to represent North Kerry at the Kerry rose selection 2014 for the ROSE OF TRALEE

Bog Walking - There will be two Bog Walks, one based in Lyre and one in Finuge. If you're wondering just what happens during a bog walk, let us give you a brief explanation; In the morning after registration you will be led to a traditional North Kerry Bog and taught how to cut turf. There will be a break to enjoy a cup of tea around an open turf fire. The walk around the Bog comes to roughly 4 kilometeres and is easy going and gives a real taste of old Irish way of life.


After the Bog Walking, there will be a free dance to take part in if our sturdy bog walkers aren't worn out!

*A guide to how to get to grips with Genealogy research & what is out their easily accessed !


Mid Week - Week of Welcome participants will be carried by coach to the North Kerry Parish which is either close to their heart or holds their heritage. Photos can be taken and family and friends reunited.


Our Week of Welcomes Festival comes to a cost of 199 Euro per person (this fee does NOT include Accommodation for the week). If you're interested and would like to book a place, you can contact us by going to the 'contact' page on our website.


We hope to Welcome you this Summer!



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