“Two High Kings and a High Tower” – In St Bartholomew’s Church (beside Round Tower) if raining

On Sunday evening, 24th August at 7:00pm at Kinneigh Round Tower (or in the nearby St Bartholomew’s Church if the weather turns wet – by kind permission of Rev Stella & Kinneigh Union) Coppeen Archaeological, Historical & Cultural Society together with Ballineen, Enniskeane Area Heritage Group will present a Heritage Week Event entitled: ‘Two High Kings and a High Tower’ These two neighbouring heritage groups are combining resources to commemorate three momentous historic events; the 1,000th anniversary of the death of High King Brian Boru, the 1,000th anniversary of the building of the intriguing Kinneigh Round Tower, & the (almost) 2,000th anniversary of the death of High King Ludhaigh Mac Con whose cremated remains were buried on nearby Corran Hill.

This amazing trio of commemorations seemed too good an opportunity to pass by, so CAHCS & BEAHG are presenting an introduction to the ancient landscape of West Cork & its two High Kings. Our millennium story projects a youthful Brian Boru, an agreed hostage in nearby Cahirvagliair royal ringfort at Coppeen, overlapping with a Viking connection at Kinneigh. A further millennium into the past brings us back to Árd Rí Mac Con who reigned at Tara 195 – 225AD. We are privileged to be living in such a historic area here in West Cork & we look forward to seeing many of you for this special occasion. Everybody welcome.

Kinneigh Round Tower, Graveyard & St Bartholomew's Church. Photo: Colum Cronin

Kinneigh Round Tower, Graveyard & St Bartholomew’s Church.
Photo: Colum Cronin

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