Katies Cottage

Katies Cottage


You will experience 'the palpable sense of peace' at the Sacred Sites of Killeavy on Sunday 6th December. We will meet at 10am at beautiful Katies Cottage for a cup of tea and some home made shortbread. You will meet Host Malachy who will tell you about the history of this special cottage. To book, you will see this experience in the events section of my page 💚https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKag9BqWqAQ
My husband and I have just spent a lovely week in this beautiful cottage, surrounded by nature and where the only sounds are the bleating of the sheep and the patter of the rain!

Knowing that I am Maltese, Malachy and his daughter picked a Maltese flag and laid it at the breakfast tray for me to see at our entrance at the cottage :) He even made the time to come by with his son and daughter to see us off.

Thank you for a wonderful week. We would gladly come back, again and again and again!

Katie’s Cottage is a luxury self-catering cottage nestled at the foot of Slieve Gullion, located 1 mile from Killeavy Castle and Slieve Gullion Forest Park - Giants Lair and adventure play park.

Operating as usual


That feeling when you descend below the clouds and it hits you… You’re home.

No better feeling for the Irish Abroad.



#theirishabroad #ireland #homeforchristmas

Plans announced for ‘game changing’ new walking trails in south Armagh 17/10/2021

Plans announced for ‘game changing’ new walking trails in south Armagh

Plans announced for ‘game changing’ new walking trails in south Armagh Plans have been announced to extend a major walking trail in Co Armagh. Newry, Mourne and Down District Council revealed on Monday (October 11) that…

Katies Cottage updated their address. 31/08/2021

Katies Cottage updated their address.

Katies Cottage updated their address.

Photos from Katies Cottage's post 31/07/2021

Photos from Katies Cottage's post

John Anthony Brennan's Blog 31/07/2021

John Anthony Brennan's Blog

History of Lughnasadh.

Lughnasadh or Lughnasa is an ancient Irish festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man on August 1st.

“At the Ould Lammas Fair boys were you ever there
Were you ever at the Fair In Ballycastle-O?
Did you treat your Mary Ann
To some Dulse and Yellow Man
At the Ould Lammas Fair in Ballycastle-O!”

Those lines from John Henry McCauley’s famous ballad tell the story of a festival that is held over a two-day period in August in Ballycastle, County Antrim, in the province of Ulster. The “Ould Lammas Fair” is one of the oldest fairs in Ireland and has been held without interruption for more than three centuries. Its roots can be traced back to the early inhabitants who migrated to Ireland after the end of the last ice age, 11,000 years ago and gets its name from ‘Lammas’ which is derived from the word Lughnasagh [Lughnasa].

The story starts with Lugh, the son of Cian of the Tuatha Dé Danann, and his mother, Ethniu, daughter of Balor, the leader of a race called the Fomorians. Their union was a dynastic marriage, following an alliance between the Tuatha and the Fomorians. His father gave Lugh to Tailtiu, queen of the Fir Bolg, in fosterage, a common practice of the times that ensured peaceful relations. Later in life, Lugh had a son, which he named Setanta, later changed by the Druid Cathbadh to Cúchulainn, on the steep slopes of Slieve Gullion in South Armagh. Lugh is one of the most prominent gods in Irish mythology. A member of the Tuatha Dé Danann, Lugh is portrayed as a warrior, a king, a master ...

Tailtus’ people, the Fir Bolgs, meaning the men of bags or breeches wearers, are said to have come to Ireland from Greece, where they had been put into servitude and forced to carry soil from the fertile plains up to the higher ground in an effort to expand the arable areas. To do this, they fashioned leather bags which they wore around their waists and which they later used to build boats and escape from their enslavement. After many years of land and sea voyages, they eventually arrived in Ireland.

The Firbolg lived in Ireland and ruled until they were conquered by a new race called the Tuatha de Dannan, the people of the Goddess Dana. According to legend, the Tuatha forced Tailtiu and her people, the Fir Bolgs, to clear large areas of woodland for the planting of crops. This land clearing required a huge amount of effort and eventually, Tailtu died from exhaustion. She was buried under a great mound, which was called the ‘Hill of Tailtiu.’ Lugh decreed that each year a festival should be held to commemorate his foster mother’s death and that there should be games and feasting with the first fruits of the harvest.

The funeral games in her honor were held at Tailtin in what is now County Meath. The games were similar to the Ancient Olympic Games and included ritual athletic and sporting contests. The event also involved trading, including animals, the drawing-up of contracts, and matchmaking. Trial marriages were conducted, whereby young couples joined hands through a hole in a wooden door, a form of handfasting. The trial marriage lasted a year and a day, at which time the marriage could be made permanent or broken without consequences.

Another solemn ritual performed was the cutting of the first of the year’s corn. After the cutting, some of it would be brought up to a high place and buried. A meal of fresh corn and bilberries would then be made and everyone would partake -- a sacrifice of a sacred bull, a feast of its flesh, with some ceremony involving its hide, and its replacement by a young bull; a ritual dance-play perhaps telling of a struggle for a goddess and a ritual fight. An actor, impersonating Lugh would preside over the proceedings.

Many of Ireland's prominent mountains and hills were climbed at Lughnasagh up to the modern era. Over time, this custom was Christianized and some of the treks were recast as Christian pilgrimages. The most well-known is Reek Sunday—the yearly pilgrimage to the top of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo in late July. As with the other Gaelic seasonal festivals, feasting was part of the celebrations. Bilberries were gathered on the hills and mountains and were eaten on the spot or saved to make pies and wine. The Catholic Church in Ireland established the custom of blessing fields at Lughnasadh.

The Puck Fair, held each year in early August in the town of Killorglin, County Kerry, is believed to be a survival of a Lughnasadh festival.

Throughout ancient Irish history, we find references to the ‘Tailthiu Games’ and the ‘Games of Lugh.’ However, with the arrival of Christianity, the old pagan festival was modified and adapted to suit the teachings of the Church. In the northern part of Ireland, the name was changed to Lammas, which means ‘loaf mass,’ and this was reflected in the custom of placing loaves of bread baked from the first harvest grains on the church altar.

Many thanks to Wikipedia for some of the info used in this article.
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Lunasa Festival 2021 will be happening this August on the Ring of Gullion. The Dally the Border bus tour will be taking place from Belfast on Saturday the 7 August. The Lazy Gallivant bus tour will take place on the 14 August starting in Slieve Gullion Forest Park Both can be booked on Eventbrite. As can all festival events.
In the mean time see some of what the area has to offer on you tube at https://youtu.be/bhHuvgc8PA8

#lunasa #lunesa2021 #bustour @belfasthiddentours @carrickdale_hotel @killeavycastle @katiescottagekilleavy @southernregionalcollege @discovernorthernirelandhistory


Immediate availability 1 week .

This opportunity doesn’t arise very often .

Cottage available from today 18th July for 1 week until Saturday 24th July .

# Killeavycastle
# Giants Lair and Slieve Gullion play park


A week’s vacation in a stunning area of outstanding natural beauty !

Available immediately !

18th to 24th July .

DM for details

# killeavy castle
#The Giants Lair Slieve Gullion

Timeline Photos 08/07/2021

Timeline Photos

If you're looking for something different to do this Summer, we have lots of options here at Killeavy Castle Estate 🏰

With so much beauty surrounding Newry and Armagh, why not hire one of our e-bikes next time you're visiting us and embark on your very own adventure? ✨

We have created specific tracks to give you the best experience possible, helping you get closer to what's important...

Find out more by clicking the link below.


Things to Do 21/06/2021

Things to Do

The longest day of the year…..

Things to Do Official Visit Mourne Guide for the best things to see & do in Counties Down & Armagh from attractions, food & drink, family days out, shopping & outdoor activities.

Photos from Katies Cottage's post 12/06/2021

We’re booking up fast for the summer months with just a few dates left in June & July. See full listing https://airbnb.com/h/katiescottage or contact directly DM.

Photos from Katies Cottage's post 04/06/2021

Great day for a cycle along the Greenway. Omeath to Carlingford 🚴🏻

Timeline Photos 31/05/2021

A peaceful retreat amongst Mother Nature !

"Like wildflowers allow yourself to grow in places you never thought you would".
#mountainwaysireland #escapeembraceenjoy #EmbraceAGiantSpirit #tourismIreland #discoverireland #tourismni #discoverni #hikingireland #walkingtours #walkingtoursireland #walking #lovehikingtrail #hikingwithfriends #hikingislife #hikingadventure #hikingireland #exploreireland # #hillwalkingireland


Games from the Gullion Part 1

Contractor sought to deliver new farm shop and veg garden at historic Killeavy Castle Estate 18/05/2021

Contractor sought to deliver new farm shop and veg garden at historic Killeavy Castle Estate

Plenty to look forward to around Slieve Gullion

Contractor sought to deliver new farm shop and veg garden at historic Killeavy Castle Estate The award-winning Killeavy Castle Hotel and Spa is hoping to add a new dimension to its appeal - with a new farm shop and vegetable…

Summer Solstice Evening Retreat 02/05/2021

Summer Solstice Evening Retreat

Summer Solstice evening event. ☀️

Summer Solstice Evening Retreat Solstice literally means ‘light standing still’. This special Celtic festival marks midsummer and the longest day of sunlight in the year. Connect with the stillness of Slieve Gullion forest and the…

Timeline Photos 01/05/2021

Timeline Photos

We love hearing about your experience at Killeavy Castle Estate - thanks to Siobhan for sending us this lovely review ✨

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to our Estate very soon!


Looking forward to seeing all the Community Volunteers tomorrow for the South Armagh Community Litter Pick. A huge event which spans across the whole region.
Thanks to everyone who has come forward and pledged their time.
We welcome everyone tomorrow, even if it's for a short while along your own road or area. Please join in! Please share!

Walk a children's story trail at Slieve Gullion - it takes less than an hour 20/04/2021

Walk a children's story trail at Slieve Gullion - it takes less than an hour

Slieve Gullion and the Giants Lair....

Walk a children's story trail at Slieve Gullion - it takes less than an hour Pól Ó Conghaile detours off the N1/A1 to explore Slieve Gullion Forest Park, and finds a magical stop for kids and adults alike...


Opening in time for the May Bank Holiday weekends and your Summer Staycation. 😃

👏🙌 Great news for our local tourism & hospitality businesses, with outdoor attractions reopening from next Friday 23rd April.

🏖️ We are so looking forward to a staycation!

#DiscoverNI #EmbraceAGiantSpirit

Photos from Katies Cottage's post 14/04/2021

Less than 15mins to Newry towpath - 20 miles of cycling or walking alongside one of the oldest canals in UK & Ireland. 🚲🥾🥾

Timeline Photos 13/04/2021

Congratulations 👏

Killeavy Castle Estate has been named the Hotel and Spa of the Year at the Northern Ireland Prestige Awards, 2021 🏆. General Manager, Jason Foody was delighted to accept the award on behalf of the Killeavy team.

Please click the link below to read more:

Photos from Killeavy Castle Estate's post 09/04/2021

Opportunities at the Castle 🏰...


Just on our doorstep 🥾🥾

Inspiring views like this on Slieve Gullion mountain does the soul good!

Timeline Photos 30/03/2021

International Whiskey Day? Who knew...

In honor of International Whisk(e)y Day, here's a look at some of the distilleries around the island of Ireland 🥃 #FillYourHeartWithIreland #IrishWhiskey

📸 Drinks Ireland, Irish Whiskey Association

6 coastal walks | Ireland.com 30/03/2021

6 coastal walks | Ireland.com

Plenty of fantastic walks if you are planning your staycation in Ireland.... not mentioned in the article, but don't forget Slieve Gullion.. 🥾🥾

6 coastal walks | Ireland.com Invigorating, refreshing and energising – experience a coastal walking adventure on the island of Ireland!


OUR IMPACT • Yesterday we ended up at Slieve Gullion Forest Park and I stumbled upon these words which struck a cord in me and more so about my passion for and reason I started DoYourBit in 2016 💛

Whether it's fairy gardens and flower beds or local parks and coastlines, the way we treat our surroundings has a big impact on the world around us 🌍 I'm sure most of you have watched at least one documentary showing how much we have played a big role is the rapid decline of oceans & forests around the world 🌊🌲

I started DoYourBit in 2017 precisely to try and raise awareness about it. To have THAT conversation. To get the gears turning. To see what little things we could do to lessen our impact. & here we are 4+ years later and I have to say I've seen BIG change in N.I. & the UK. More refill shops. More businesses using eco packaging. More conversations have been had. More swaps have been made.

We're not perfect. But so many of us are trying. So many of us are doing our bit and that's what counts 🙌🌍
#positivevibes #minimalism #treadlightly

Gourmet getaway: How to plan a Northern Ireland break with a difference 29/03/2021

Gourmet getaway: How to plan a Northern Ireland break with a difference

Gourmet getaway: How to plan a Northern Ireland break with a difference While we might not be able to jet away to far-flung destinations this year, thankfully, there are plenty of wonderful places to visit right on our doorstep.


The Auld Triangle 🎶🪕


Your thoughts on walking in the area....

Do you enjoy walking in the Newry, Mourne and Down area?

Let us know what we can do to help you get out and walk more in our district!

We are keen to find out residents’ views on how we can develop an Active Travel Masterplan.

We want to make it easier for residents to travel more actively for work, education, leisure and everyday journeys which can help tackle Climate Change.

The Active Travel survey is quick to complete via the link below:

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❗Please note the Active Travel survey will close on Monday 15 March 2021 ❗

#ActiveTravelSurvey #NewryMourneDown #Walking

WalkNI Nationaltrust.org.uk Imtac Sustrans NI

Easy hiking trails in Ireland 16/02/2021

Easy hiking trails in Ireland

Easy hikes in Ireland with great views

Easy hiking trails in Ireland Want to hike in Ireland? You can no matter what your experience, get walking! Ireland is one of the best countries to hike in glorious landscapes that you’d swear you were in a movie.

Timeline Photos 11/02/2021

Timeline Photos

Express your love this Valentines with a Gift Card for Killeavy Castle Estate

Treat the one you love with a luxury experience in one of Ireland's most romantic destinations. Our Gift Cards have no expiry date and can be redeemed throughout our Estate. Choose from luxurious overnight stay, some heavenly spa time, a romantic dining experience or afternoon tea in a tranquil setting.

To purchase visit: http://bit.ly/KilleavyVouchers.
#visitmourne #visitnewry @visitmournemountains #embraceagiantspirit #discoverireland #discovernorthernireland


📺☘️Tune in to RTÉ One tonight at 8.30pm to watch Mary McAleese and Ciara Mageean travel to Visit Mourne to walk the St Patrick Way on the #AllWalksOfLife show.

They'll be joined by local tour guide Walk the Lecale Peninsula. 🚶



Great opportunity to hit the hills with these experts! 🥾🥾

Experiences with Mountain Ways Ireland include:

- Mountain Hikes | Epic views
- Gentle lowland walks | Forest, field and stream
- Guided tours of historical sites | Stone age monuments
- Fascinating insights on history, culture, myth and legend
- Geology based tours | Stories of Ice and Fire
- Foraging walks tapping into natures wild larder
- Mountain skills training
- Always a great day in the outdoors and a bit of craic !

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