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Feile Lughnasa

The Cloghane – Brandon Feile Lughnasa is the revival of the ancient pre-Christian harvest celebration. Its roots are theorised to go back to the first farmers in the area. The Festival is primarily a gathering for the local community and an attempt to rekindle the original spirit of the event. It has been expanded in recent years to become a vibrant family arts and music festival. Local people, young and old, take part, as do the many visitors and tourists who happen to be here or who come specially to get involved in this enjoyable fun weekend.

Is ea féile an fhómhair a théann siar thar dhá mhíle bliain go dtí tréimhse na gCeilteach in Éirinn, agus ceiliúrann muintir an Chlocháin agus an Leith Triúigh an fhéile thábhachtach go dtí ár linn féin. Ar an Domhnach deireanach d’Iúil, ceiliúrann pobail ar leith ar fud na tíre an fhéile le dreapadh go barr sléibhe mar oilithreacht, ina measc, Cruach Phádraig Mhaigh Eo agus ár gCnoc Bréanainn fhéin. Domhnach Crom Dubh a thugtar ar an nDomhnach seo. Féile réamhChríostachta ab ea é i dtús báire, ach chuir na luath Chríostaithe an fhéile in oiriúint dá gcreideamh, agus luadar Naomh Breandán/Bréanainn léi sa dúthaigh seo.

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event details

  • TBC
  • 28th – 31st July 2023
  • Cloghane Brandon

In Cloghane and Brandon, Lughnasa is celebrated on the last Sunday of July: known as Domhnach Crom Dubh or Crom Dubh Sunda. Revived in 1995, the festival features music, children’s activities, stage dramas as well as many local traditions, including sheep shearing, a blessing of the boats at Brandon Pier, and a pilgrimage to the summit of Mount Brandon. The schedule of events will be available in all of the local bars, Siopa An Phobail and at the Halla Le Chéile. Family fun for everyone.

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What people are saying about us

  • Character building hike

    Started from the faha carpark by the grotto, through sheep pastures up to the stony narrow walk along the edge of the valley. There’s a bit of scrambling on the vertical rise from this point up to the top, then a short walk along the top to the peak.

    J Sheehan

    – May, 2022

  • A nice hike in rain and sun.

    Great mountain to climb research the routes the tourist route is ok but the other routes can be more challenging but great views of Tralee bay.


    – July, 2021

  • Lovely

    Absolutely stunning! Breath-taking views (which I partly saw on google as it was covered in clouds in a day we went there. Well marked so it is hard to get lost. The first part (app. 1,5km) can be slightly hard and long, but it gets better later

    Anna M

    – July, 2021

  • Great climb, with varied terrain

    Really nice climb to the summit, with an easy to follow trail. Just go up by the grotto at the start and you can’t go wrong. Varied terrain and beautiful views throughout, keeping things interesting for the 4 hours round trip. Highly recommended.


    – September, 2019

  • Stunning

    Spectacular views – take the time to climb around everything that you see. From the top, you will have a great view – maybe a low cloud sitting between two ridges?

    Frederick, MD

    – September, 2019

  • Great walk up Mount Brandon

    What a special place!! It’s a bit of a hard walk up, but the white posts and crosses mean you can’t get lost when the mist descends. Epic views and very atmospheric in the swirling mist on the day we were there. But folks… Please! Please! Take home your orange peel and banana skins! They don’t belong strewn on top of such a beautiful mountain.

    Sam V

    – June, 2019


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