Volunteers wanted for Castlebar’s Biggest Summer Festival
Do you want to be part of history and a unique event that is attracting high profile attention from as far away as
France, USA and even Russia? Then your chance has arrived. The In Humbert’s Footsteps Gathering event is
now recruiting volunteers to help out with the festival in Castlebar on August 17 and 18.
Rebel Pikemen and Pikewomen (who will be given full training and issued with replica pikes!!!) as well as
crowd control volunteers are required to ensure that this hugely anticipated event runs smoothly and becomes
an annual fixture on the summer festival calendar. An open meeting will take place on Tuesday July 30 at 9pm
in the Linenhall Arts Centre where anyone interested in finding out more information about becoming a
volunteer can attend. This meeting is also open to those people who have already expressed an interest in being
part of this historic event.
In Humbert's Footsteps celebrates Bliain na bhFrancach -‘the Year of the French’ and General Humbert's
historic landing in 1798. The impressive programme of family-friendly events in a carnival atmosphere will
attract widespread publicity at home and abroad. Highlights will include a faithful re-enactment of the world-
famous Rásaí Chaisleán an Bharraigh-‘Races of Castlebar’ in the very streets where the events originally
The French will attack, the redcoats will counter and eventually flee pursued by the French military and
volunteer pikemen and women. Complete with booming cannon guns, crackling muskets, clashing swords, and
flashing bayonets, over 100 experienced military re-enactors are coming from France, England, Northern
Ireland, and the Republic to recreate the atmosphere, the noise and of course, the victory. It is almost unique
for a military re-enactment to take place exactly on location, so Castlebar will be the focus of a lot of attention.
For this to run smoothly volunteers (over 18) are required and anyone who takes part is promised a fun and
On Saturday and Sunday a Victorian fun fair and heritage day will take place in the grounds of the Military
Barracks. Festivities will continue into the night on Saturday where there will be live entertainment and more
family fun. Following the re-enactment on Sunday, the Victory Concert dance will take place at the Military
Barracks where the crowds will be entertained by traditional Irish dancers and musicians. A spectacular
fireworks display will thrill the crowds at the closing of this free family festival.
Anyone interested in having a stall at Saturday or Sunday’s Heritage Days should contact Aileen Keogh on
Anyone interested in volunteering for the event should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or attend Tuesday’s
open meeting and sign up with the organisers.
Full details are available onwww.humbertsfootsteps.com and Facebook/inhumbertsfootsteps.