Venues, Festivals and Themes - a history
Note: not all this applies during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Refer to arrangements announced for each Celebration.
At the start celebrations were focussed on the Hill of Tara.
That has changed over the years as it was felt that we needed to extend our horizons.
Nowadays, Tara Celebration's venues are generally in Meath and the eastern side of Ireland - but there is always the understanding that, as all land is sacred, we do not limit our boundaries and, occasionally, we go wider afield.
Autumn Equinox is the last meeting of Tara Celebrations annual cycle - Samhain the conceiving of each new turn of the wheel.
Prior to 2007 there were gatherings but we only have private records of those. To view pictures and reports from 2007 to 2018 please visit the archived site - click here
Themes & Venues from 2007 to present.
2019 - Celebrate Samhain - Fourknocks
2018 - Déjà vu Anyone? - Athboy (Hill of Ward), Tara, Bective (Meditation night)
2017 - Chain Reaction - Tara
2016 - Good Spirits - Yew Cloister, Gormanston
2015 - Clearing a Path for the Wisdom of the Ancestors - Loughcrew
2014 - Samhain - Rath Lugh
2013 - Beannachtai na Samhaina diobh - Dowth
2012 - Headstones - Old Mellifont Abbey, Louth
2011 - Embracing the Torquoise Self – Fourknocks
2010 - Journey towards the Sovereign Self - Tara
2009 - Samhain at Dowth - Dowth
2008 - Spontaneous New Beginning - Tara
2007 - Samhain is the Death of the Old – Tara
2019 - Celebrating the Simplicity and Splendour of Life - Tara
2018 - Goodbye Darkness, Hello Light - Dowth
2017 - Phoenix from the Cauldron, invoking the Energies of Rebirth- Tara
2016 - You Light up my Life - Fourknocks
2015 - Without Darkness there can be no Light - Newgrange
2014 - Walking the White Winter Path of Wonder - Seomra Tara (no longer open)
2013 - Rebirth of the Sun God from the Goddess - Tara Healing Centre (now closed)
2012 - Welcoming Light - Ardbraccan
2011 - Quietly Observant – Dowth, Newgrange, Curley Hole
2010 - Snowflakes – Own homes / Newgrange
2009 - Rebirth of Light and Hope – Own homes / Newgrange
2008 - Yule Celebrations – Tara
2007 - Ceremony of Light – Tara
2020 - 2.02.02.2020 - Tara
2019 - Community - Bective Mill
2018 - Healing on Many Levels - Brigid's Well, Faughart
2017 - St. Brigid's Mantle - Brigid's Well, Faughart
2016 - Rise and Shine - Tara
2015 - Planting the Seeds of Our Dreams with Danu - Bective
2014 - Welcoming Spring & Returning Light - Tara
2013 - Healing Renewal Protection - Tara & Kildare
2012 - Triplicity: Comedy, Community and Creativity - Ravensdale Forest, Louth
2011 - Moving out of the Shadow into the Light - Tower of Lloyd, Kells
2010 - Uncertainty - Fourknocks
2009 - Brigid - Fourknocks
2008 - Stirring the Fire - Tara
2007 - Brigid's Cross – Tara
2020 - Goodbye and Hello - Donabate Beach
2019 - Emergence - Bective Mill
2018 - Sunny Side Up - Fourknocks
2017 - Balance, Equality & Tolerance - Clogherhead
2016 - Spring Equinox - Fourknocks
2015 - Goodbye Darkness my old Friend, until we meet again - Dowth & Bective
2014 - Flourish and Blossom - Loch Ramor
2013 - Everyone is doing a Brand New Dance Now - Tara
2012 - Nothing is as it Seems - Tara
2011 - Gates of Revelation - Tara
2010 - Reformation & Rebirth - Ardmulchan
2009 - In Balance with Nature - Mullaghmeen Forest
2008 - Balance - Tara
2007 - Vernal Equinox – Tara
2020 - Mother Earth - Kilmurry with others in Isolation during pandemic
2019 - Light - Dalgan Park
2018 - Blessings on Bealtaine - Lake Derravaragh
2017 - Bealtaine - Tara
2016 - Nurturing Abundance - St. Ciaran's Well
2015 - May Day - Fourknocks
2014 - Peace, Light and Love - Dublin
2013 - Where there's a Well there's a Way - St. Johns Well, Warrenstown (now closed)
2012 - The Summer Phase - Bective Abbey
2012 - 8 Sundays at the Well - Tara
2011 - Wild Wooing in the Woods - Tara
2010 - Inspired by Symbol & Poetry - Tara
2009 - Money to Burn - Tara
2008 - Arrival of Uisneach Fire - Tara
2007 – Tara
2020 - Together All One - Tara / Home
2019 - Celebration - Bective
2018 - Celebrate the Sun with a Song in your Heart - Akahista, West Cork
2017 - Let the Sun Shine In - Tara
2016 - Create with Love your Journey through Life & Gratitude to Mother Earth - Bective & Tara
2015 - The Wisdom of the Sunflower - Tara
2014 - Bountiful and Gratitude – Tara
2013 - The Place you can't get to - wherever you are
2012 - Journey of the Golden Triangle – An Tobar, Tara, Navan
2011 - Cultivating Peace - Tara
2010 - Listening to the Soul of Summer – St. John's Well, Warrenstown (now closed)
2009 - Spontaneous - Tara
2008 - Abundance and Shadow - Tara
2007 - The Harp & Fairy Treasures - Tara
2005 - Tara Festival
2020 - Lughnasadh Reunion - Bective Mill / Home
2019 - Our Own Harvest Time - Ciaran's Well, Nr. Kells
2018 - The Higher Ground - Loughanleagh, Cavan
2017 - An Meitheal - Allotment garden, Fingal
2016 - A Liminal Transition - Burren, Clare
2015 - A Time of Celebration - Teltown
2014 - Long Road Home - Tara
2013 - Tar isteach agus lig do scith - Come on in and Rest Yourself - Fourknocks
2012 - Gratitude to Earth & Spirit - St. Gobnait's Well, Co. Cork
2012 - Uisce beatha, Water of Life - Ciaran's Well, Nr. Kells
2011 - Beannachtai Lughnasadh - Teltown
2010 - Pattern, Pilgrimage & Pleasure Triskele - Port Beach
2009 - Pattern, Pilgrimage & Pleasure Labyrinth - Port Beach
2008 - Healing Conflict - Tara
2007 - Name your Talent – Tara
2020 - On the Threshold of a Dream - All home in Global Spiritual Wheel
2019 - Balance - Loughcrew
2018 - Heart and Soul : We are One - Labyrinth, An Tobar
2017 - Back to Our Roots - Bective
2016 - Underlying Balance of Harvest Thanksgiving - Tara
2015 - Sun, Moon and Me - Seomra Tara
2014 - Deireih Fhomair - Fourknocks
2013 - Review & 'way forward' - Tara
2012 - Colin's Journey, Chrysalis Phase - Dowth
2011 - Winding Down, End of the Journey - Mornington Beach
2010 - Endings & Rememberings - Dowth
2009 - Thanks to Mother - Tara
2008 - Harvest Thanksgiving - Tara
2007 - Autumn Equinox - Tara
Akahista, West Cork - Summer Solstice 1.
An Tobar, Ardbraccan, Meath - Winter Solstice 1. Summer Solstice 1. Autumn Equinox 1.
Ardmulchan, Meath - Spring Equinox 1.
Athboy (Hill of Ward) - Samhain 1.
Bective, Meath - Samhain 1. Imbolc 2. Spring Equinox 2. Bealtaine 1. Summer Solstice 2. Lghnasadh 1. Autumn Equinox1.
Burren, Clare - Lughnasadh 1.
Clogherhead, Louth – Spring Equinox 1.
Dalgan Park, Meath - Bealtaine 1.
Donabate Beach - Spring Equinox 1.
Dowth, Meath – Samhain 2. Winter Solstice 2. Spring Equinox 1. Autumn Equinox 2.
Dublin - Bealtaine 1.
Faughart – Imbolc 2.
Fingal – Lughnasadh 1.
Fourknocks, Co. Dublin – Samhain 2. Winter Solstice 1. Imbolc 2. Spring Equinox 2. Bealtaine 1. Lughnasadh 1. Autumn Equinox 1.
Gormanston, Meath – Samhain 1.
Kildare - Imbolc 1.
Kilmurry - Bealtaine 1.
Loch Ramor, Virginia,Cavan - Spring Equinox 1.
Loughanleagh, Cavan - Lughnasadh 1.
Loughcrew, Meath – Autumn Equinox 1, Samhain 1.
Lough Derravragh, Westmeath - Bealtaine 1.
Mornington Beach, Louth - Autumn Equinox 1.
Mullaghmeen Forest, Westmeath - Spring Equinox 1.
Navan Ramparts, Meath - Summer Solstice 1.
Newgrange, Meath -Winter Solstice 4.
Old Mellifont Abbey,Louth – Samhain 1.
Port Beach, Louth - Lughnasadh 2.
Rath Lugh, Meath – Samhain 1.
Ravensdale Forest, Louth - Imbolc 1.
Seomra Tara, Killeen, Meath (no longer open to the public) - Winter Solstice 1. Autumn Equinox 1.
St Ciaran's Well, Meath – Bealtaine 1. Lughnasadh 2.
St John's Well, Meath (no longer open to the public) - Bealtaine 1. Summer Solstice 1.
St. Gobnait's Well, Cork - Lughnasadh 1.
Tara, Meath – all 8 festivals many times.
Teltown, Meath - Lughansadh 2.
Tower of Lloyd, Kells,Meath - Imbolc 1.
Zurich, Switzerland - Samhain 1.