Imbolc Festival 2017 or ‘Milking of the Goat’ Festival is organised by the Slieve Bloom Association. Now in its 5th year, this years Festival will take place on Sunday 5th February. The meeting point is Cadamstown Car Park, County Offaly, leaving at 2pm sharp for the Bracket Stones on Spink Hill.
Imbolc Festival marks the beginning of Spring. It is one of the four Celtic seasonal festivals. The others are Bealtane, Lughnasadh and Samhain. The Imbolc Festival was revived by the Slieve Bloom Association in 2013. There are many customs associated with Imbolc festival. The custom associated with the Slieve Bloom Mountains is the milking of the goat.
On the 5th of February at the Bracket Stones you will hear old stories about the area and the traditions of the Celtic Festival of Imbolc. At this family friendly event you will have the opportunity to watch or take part in the ancient Imbolc Festival of the milking of the goat on Spink Hill and maybe churn the milk. Afterwards, the new Imbolc Goat will be crowned, adorned with ribbons and garlands. The saying, “Put silk on a goat and it is still a goat” does not apply here because in this instance it becomes the Slieve Bloom Imbolc Goat for 2017.
The search for Slieve Bloom’s ‘Queen of the Mountain’ continues
Last years Festival saw Suzie crowned Imbolc Goat 2016 and the Association are now searching for a successor. Does your nanny goat have what it takes to be crowned Slieve Bloom Imbolc Goat 2017? If you have a milking goat and would like to participate, the Slieve Bloom Association would love to hear from you. You can contact the Association at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 085 737 6745 / 087 206 1673.