In Humbert’s Footsteps 2017
As part of the 2017 Mayo Day celebrations, the citizens of the historically celebrated town of Castlebar and the unique far-famed village of Lahardane are eagerly gearing up for the return of the spectacular award-winning ‘In Humbert’s Footsteps.’
As part of the 2017 Mayo Day celebrations, the citizens of the historically celebrated town of Castlebar and the unique far-famed village of Lahardane, two dynamic places inextricably linked to Bliain na bhFrancach-‘The Year of the French,’ as 1798 became known, are eagerly gearing up for the return of the spectacular award-winning ‘In Humbert’s Footsteps.’
National winner of the ‘Gathering Event of the Year Award’ in 2013 for the re-enactment/living history events which it staged at Kilcummin, Killala, Lahardane and Castlebar, since then, ‘In Humbert’s Footsteps’ members have been involved in several major re-enactments and historical events in Ireland and abroad, including, Ballina, Swinford, Dublin, Rathcoole, Sligo, Limerick, Enniscorthy and Vinegar Hill, Waterloo (Belgium) and Tarifa (Spain), to name but a few. We are also responsible for erecting plaques to General Humbert in both New Orleans (2015) and Kilcummin (2016) and for bringing General Humbert’s descendant, Miss Aude Schifferling to Mayo in 2016.
This year ‘Mayo Day’ and ‘In Humbert’s Footsteps’ are joining forces to celebrate the 250th birthday of French General Humbert, or the ‘Vainqueur de Castlebar’ as he became known, and also to acknowledge the long and ancient connections which this great county has with her equally great French friends and allies.
We will be doing this by staging some family-friendly interactive living history events, various other historical events and of course, on Sunday 30th April:
The biggest and most dramatic 1798 battle re-enactment ever seen in Ireland
‘The Races of Castlebar’
‘La Grande Victoire-Les Courses de Castlebar’
Killala was ours before midnight, and high over Ballina town,
Our banners in triumph were waving before the next sun had gone down;
We gathered to do the good work, boys, the true men from near and afar,
And history can tell how we routed the redcoats through old Castlebar.
(The Men of the West, William Rooney)
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