On Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 August, a sleeping 36-foot giant called Finn arrives in Warrenpoint in the hope that local residents and tourists can help wake him up.
Travelling across by ferry from Carlingford, giant Finn will move through Warrenpoint town centre as part of a noisy parade on Saturday 18 August at 4pm*, as his family ask the public to help them wake him.
On Sunday 19 August at 2pm and 4.30pm, his family will host an epic gathering, open to all families and ages, in hope they can finally stir him from his slumber. Wake the Giant is a two-day festival of superb entertainment and performance for all the family. From music, arts and crafts and speciality food stalls.
The stories of Finn MacCumhaill are woven deep into the history of this region – from his travails on Slieve Gullion, to his battles with rival giants. Each year, the people of Warrenpoint re-enact these epic tales in a collaborative performance.
The man charged with designing and creating the narrative for this year’s show is renowned actor and writer, Dan Gordon. It will put his humorous signature and quirky style on this year’s story that will enthuse children and parents alike.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chair, Councillor Mark Murnin, said: “Wake the Giant is one of our most highly anticipated events within the summer programme. Every year the numbers keep growing and this year we don’t expect that to change. Local businesses and traders across Warrenpoint really embrace this festival and the area has so much to offer visitors. I am really looking forward to seeing our locals Wake the Giant this year and having the creative genius of Dan Brown involved means that families are in for a real treat.”
Wake the Giant is one of five events in the Giant Adventures summer programme, a series of family festivals run by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to showcase the region’s breath-taking mountains, coastline and mythical stories.
Further information about Wake the Giant can be found at https://heaveninaheartbeat.com/giant-adventures
*Those wishing to watch the parade on Saturday 18 August should arrive and be in position for 3.30pm ahead of its start at 4pm.
Image Caption: Newry, Mourne and Down Council Chair, Mark Murnin with local girl, Jasmine Kelly