In Humbert’s Footsteps to stage General Humberts Landing In Mayo
Described in the media as ‘Probably the Best living History Event in Ireland’ to celebrate Ireland’s centenary the award winning event (National winner of the Gathering of the Year 2013) are staging the 1798 Rebellion living history events in Kilcummin, which is in Lacken , just outside Ballina in County Mayo, on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July. This is the exact location of the original landing in 1798 of the French and General Humbert.
The free event will feature French soldiers, Redcoats, Pikemen and women, skirmishes, plus a 1798 Military Camp complete with muskets, bayonets, swords, cannon guns and much more. Now in its third year, this amazing family friendly free living history event is not to be missed and takes place during the Mayo Manchester Tradfest festival and the annual Giro de Baile Bike race weekend in North Mayo.
Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester commented “We are delighted that the event is taking place at the same time as the Tradfest, I am sure that visitors to the region will be delighted with the range of events during the weekend. All roads and indeed the sea will be pointed towards North Mayo during the bank holiday weekend. It will certainly put the area on the tourism map.”
The organiser of the event General Dunford added “The Military camps, drills and skirmishes will take place on both days from 10.30am to 5pm. We are returning the vernacular monument known as "Humbert's Stone" to Kilcummin on the Sunday morning. This piece of history was removed from the landing site in 1898 and we are also bringing a descendent of General Humbert to Kilcummin. This will be the first time in 199 years that a member of his family has set foot in Mayo!”