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NAVAN CENTRE & FORT 2019 Emain Macha

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EMAIN MACHA... 8 March // 10.00am -1.00pm From where the ancient Kings of Ulster ruled... As one of Ireland’s most famous and important archaeological sites, the legendary Emain Macha home of the famous Red Branch Knights and Ulster Cycle of tales is a place were myth and reality meet. The Centre offers visitors a unique appreciation of the history of the area. •Learn about the mystical characters of Navan, such as Cu Chulainn, King Conchobar MacNessa, Queen Mebh and Deirdre of the Sorrows •The exhibition will help you understand the history of this very important site •Experience the remaining mounds, ditches and banks of Emain Macha - Navan Fort and learn about the massive circular ritual temple on our guided tour •Annual programme of events is listed on our website

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EMAIN MACHA Earliest Capital of Ulster... The Navan Centre & Fort offers a unique insight into the historical significance of the area. •

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Discover the history of this area from 5500BC to present day, hearing why it was significant to Brian Boru, St. Patrick and the O’Neill’s. Explore the mounds, ditches and banks of Navan Fort (Emain Macha) and learn about the massive ritual temple from one of our experienced tour guides. Learn of the other sites in the Navan complex, including Haughey’s Fort, the King’s Stables and Loughnashade, in our exhibition space. Hear epic tales, such as those of Cuchulainn, King Conchobar MacNessa, Queen Mebh & Deirdre of the Sorrows. Book your tour tickets and view upcoming events at visitarmagh.com/navan

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EMAIN LIVING MACHA... HISTORY

8 March // 10.00am -1.00pm From where the ancient Kings of Ulster ruled...

Step time... As one ofback Ireland’sin most famous and important archaeological sites, the legendary Emain Macha home of the famous Red Branch Knights and Ulster

Immerse yourself in the past by travelling back 2000 years with a visit Cycle of tales is a place were myth and reality meet. to our replica Iron Age dwelling, where you will meet the Celts going about theiroffers dailyvisitors activities and bringing history life! Discover how The Centre a unique appreciation of theto history of the area. they survived and thrived as they engage you in this highly interactive experience. •Learn about the mystical characters of Navan, such as Cu Chulainn, King Conchobar MacNessa, Queen Mebh and Deirdre of the Sorrows Living History is available Enjoy being a part of the Celtic family 1 April to 30 September. If •The exhibition will help you understand the historyfrom of this very as you:

pre-booked for tour groups this is available all year. From 1st • Learn Celtic survival skills and how October - 31st March, although •Experience the remaining mounds, ditches and banks of Emain Macha - to prepare for battle Living History will not be Navan Fort and learn about the massive circular ritual temple on our available, you can still have a • Try your hand at weaving a belt, guided tour sneak peek into the Iron Age brooch or perhaps even a fence! dwelling in the company of • Assist in the preparations of a on our website •Annual programme of events is listed one of our tour guides. Living traditional Celtic meal History characters will return • Dress up in Celtic costume and to the dwelling during this period for special events such discover how the Celts dyed their as Samhain and St. Patrick’s clothing Festival. For full details, please see our website and social media pages.

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EMAIN MACHA... 8 March // 10.00am -1.00pm From where the ancient Kings of Ulster ruled... As one of Ireland’s most famous and important archaeological sites, the legendary Emain Macha home of the famous Red Branch Knights and Ulster Cycle of tales is a place were myth and reality meet. The Centre offers visitors a unique appreciation of the history of the area. •Learn about the mystical characters of Navan, such as Cu Chulainn, King Conchobar MacNessa, Queen Mebh and Deirdre of the Sorrows •The exhibition will help you understand the history of this very important site •Experience the remaining mounds, ditches and banks of Emain Macha - Navan Fort and learn about the massive circular ritual temple on our guided tour •Annual programme of events is listed on our website

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CHILDREN AT NAVAN Lots to discover for little ones… • • • •

Become a Celtic warrior by dressing in Celtic costume and donning your warrior face paint. Complete the Navan Ecology trail and receive a prize at the end. Enjoy the Archaeology Discovery Room and play in the outdoor activity area on the massive Wolfhound play piece. Bring archaeology to life by digging in the archeo-pit and see what you can unearth!

Activities are available daily from April to September and are included in your admission cost.

CHILDREN’S GROUP ACTIVITIES

Be transformed into a Celt with costume and face paint, make your own Celtic craft and attend the training school of the Red Branch Knights at our Iron Age dwelling, where you will learn the skills required for battle! A 1.5 hr experience. Pre-booking is essential. Lunch is available at an additional cost or a space can be provided if you prefer to bring your own lunch. VisitArmagh.com/navan 5/6


EXPLORE THE GROUNDS and see some of our residents! Follow the Ecology trail and keep your eyes open for the living willow structure, Rosie the hedgehog and the bug hotel and see what lives inside! Learn about the diversity of wildlife on our doorstep and watch the birds nesting and squirrels feeding. For those intrepid explorers who can find all the answers to our Ecology quest, return to reception to receive your prize! The archaeology of the area comes to life via our interactive indoor and outdoor hands-on experience in the Archaeology Discovery Space.

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This project has been part-funded by Tourism NI. Tourism NI is the trading name of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board

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COFFEE, GIFTS & ROOM HIRE Time to relax and unwind... The warm and welcoming ambience of the Navan Coffee Shop is the perfect stop for morning coffee or lunch. With freshly made fayre, why not enjoy our mouth-watering scones? Our lunchtime menu includes a wide array of sandwiches, paninis, wraps and daily specials to suit all tastes and budgets, with children’s options available.

GIFT SHOP

Our gift shop stocks both contemporary and traditional gifts and can boast Armagh’s finest selection of local history and specialist books.

ROOM HIRE

Hire our 125 seater theatre. Competitive rates and packages, fully trained staff, free onsite parking, centre is fully accessible.

With FREE, convenient parking.

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DISCOVER MORE EDUCATION @ NAVAN

We offer an award winning Education programme to suit all ages while meeting the needs of the curriculum. For further information email education@ armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

CELTIC SPIRITUALITY

Celtic Spirituality is understood by some to be Ireland’s ‘indigenous’ approach to the spiritual! Drawing on ancient mythology, Celtic Spirituality brings to life the sacred landscape and our relationship with the natural world. An ‘Introduction to themes of Celtic Spirituality’ can be experienced by groups, including Pilgrimage groups and can be booked by contacting the Navan Centre.

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ARMAGH ANCESTRY

A designated Irish Family History Foundation Centre for County Armagh offering a full genealogical service, with a comprehensive database of church and civil records. Appointments are necessary, email researcher@ armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk

WORLD HERITAGE

The tentative list now includes the Royal sites of Ireland, namely Navan Fort, Dun Ailinne, Cashel, Rathcroghan, the Hill of Uisneach and Tara; they were all sites of major royal inauguration, ceremony and assembly.


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MOY LEADING TO DUNGANNON

A29

B115 St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral Navan Fort

NAVAN CENTRE A28

RICHHILL LEADING TO PORTADOWN - BELFAST

B77

St. Patricks Church of Ireland Cathedral

Observatory & Planetarium

A3

A28

The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre

KILLYLEA LEADING TO OMAGH

HAMILTONSBAWN LEADING TO TANDRAGEE

The Palace Stables & The Palace Demesne County Armagh Golf Club

MILFORD

A3

A29

B31

A28

MARKETHILL LEADING TO NEWRY - DUBLIN

LEADING TO MONAGHAN

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OTHER INFORMATION OPENING TIMES JANUARY - MARCH & OCTOBER - DECEMBER Open Daily Mon - Sun: 10.00am - 4.00pm Last admission: 3.00pm

APRIL - SEPTEMBER Open Daily Mon - Sun: 10.00am - 5.30pm Last admission: 4.00pm Early closure Saturday 3 August 2019 from 2.00pm for Wickerman Event preparations. Closed over the Christmas & New Year period.

ASD ACCESSIBILITY

We offer a full range of adaptable services for visitors with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). All our staff have received detailed training and we have two appointed Autism Champions.

JAM CARDS

Our staff have received training on accepting JAM Cards, which allow people with a learning difficulty, autism or communication barrier tell others they need ‘Just A Minute’ discreetly and easily.

CONTACT US

If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email navan@ armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk Coach and car parking is free. Group rates available on request. If it’s wet, please wear suitable clothing and footwear to visit the Navan Fort.

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Navan Centre & Fort, 81 Killylea Road, Armagh. BT60 4LD T: +44 (0)28 3752 9644 | E: navan@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk @navancentrefort

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