For hundreds of years Burren farmers have marked the end of summer by herding their cattle onto winter pastures in the limestone uplands. This tradition is known as winterage and the Burren is one of the only places in the world where it still occurs. The Burren Winterage Weekend, a community-led event to be held from October 25th-27th this year, celebrates all facets of the Burren’s fascinating farming heritage and the broader significance of pastoral farming in Ireland.
The Burren Winterage Weekend consists of community-led activities including guided herdsmen pilgrimages across the Burren, a cattle fair, farm and machinery demonstrations, information and interactive talks, music, exhibitions, family fun, a food fayre of local produce, all culminating in a community cattle drive up to the winter pastures. The weekend’s events are largely free to the public. Last year’s inaugural Burren Winterage Weekend attracted over 2,500 people.
This year we would like you to be involved in this unique event.
In order to carry out the event, the Burrenbeo Trust, landscape charity for the region, needs to raise funds for insurance, marketing, venues and other associated costs. The Burrenbeo Trust is a registered charity and events are run on a not for profit basis. We need up to €10,000 to make this event happen. After local business support, community donations and time and space volunteered we are asking for just €4500 in order to carry out the minimum on this project from you, the public! This is a perfect opportunity to support a fantastic community celebration. We have set our target at this but hope to get more in order to make this a really spectacular event!
We hope that you can be part of it! Please note that all our rewards are totally negotiable if you are unable to attend the event, want to decline/change aspects of your reward and want to be a supporter anyway - we are here to make this work for you too!