Friday, 21 June, 2019
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In Ireland, Midsummer or the summer solstice takes places on 21st June. This is the longest day of the year, when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. In ancient pagan times in Ireland, the summer solstice symbolised that the power of the sun was at its highest and was believed to be a sacred time. The Lough Gur Summer Solstice Festival celebrates the longest day of the year (aka the first day of Summer in Ireland) and has been a local tradition for over 5000 years.

Sunrise at Lough Gur

Lough Gur in County Limerick is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological and historical sites – a mystical and enchanting place of stone circles, megalithic tombs, ring forts and castles. The Grange Stone Circle (built circa 2200 BC) is aligned with the rising sun of the summer solstice on 21st June. Comprising of 113 standing stones, this famous stone circle at Lough Gur is the largest and most impressive of its kind in the country. 

The Lough Gur Summer Solstice Festival (21-23 June) has a large calendar of fun activities to keep everyone occupied. With beautiful scenery, stunning landscapes and its wonderful lake, Lough Gur (just 20 mins from Limerick City) is the perfect location for this family fun-filled day. There will be a lot happening at the Lough Gur Summer Solstice Festival 2019 this year...

Friday 21st June @ 7am   Solstice Yoga at Lough Gur Lakefront
Saturday 22nd June @ 5pm - 7pm:  Forgotten Existence – Art talk by Robert Ryan
Sunday 23rd June @ 1pm - 4pm:  Enchanted Family Fairy Day
More Info
Telephone   +353 61 385186
Ancient Music Ireland @ Summer Solstice 2017