Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which uniquely celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes active and engaged living as we get older.
The Bealtaine Festival takes place each May. The ancient festival of Bealtaine or Beltane (held on May 1), marked the midway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, and heralded the start of Summer. The word Bealtaine is still used in the Irish language and translates as the month of May.
Age & Opportunity’s mission is to inspire and empower older people to live healthy and fulfilling lives and to influence policy to ensure the active participation of older people in ways that benefit our communities and wider society. Their arts and culture programme aims to ensure meaningful engagement for all older people in socio-cultural life in Ireland, and to influence policy and practice at local and international levels. They do this in many ways as you can see from their website but in particular through the Bealtaine festival
The many activies and events organised for this festival can be viewed on the Bealtaine Festival website, please click on the link below to find an event you may be interested in.
Events close to Lisheen Castle include Art Classes, Floral Workshops and Knitting or Crocheting in Kilkenny. You may be interested theatre; plays such as Private Peaceful by Michael Morpugo and John B Keane’s Big Maggie will be performed at Lane Arts Centre, Waterford and God has no Country and a screening of Jailhouse Rock will be on in the Source Arts Centre in Thurles.
You can check out many more events on their website