Open Country - Lughnasa Festival
Countryside magazine. Helen Mark is in Ireland's County Meath to explore the roots of Lughnasa, an ancient Celtic harvest festival.
The festival of Lughnasa (pronounced Loon-asa) is an ancient Celtic celebration of the harvest, with its roots in County Meath in Ireland. The god Lugh is said to have established the festival in honour of his foster mother Tailtiu, who had exhausted herself by clearing forest land for agriculture. Helen Mark visits Teltown in Meath, which is said to have taken its name from that of Tailtiu, to see how Lughnasa is celebrated there today.
Presenter : Helen Mark Producer : Moira Hickey.