Accessible buses leave Townhall Cavan for Cloughoughter Castle for this event. Please do not drive due to parking restrictions. Please wear appropriate footwear and warm clothes as this is an outdoor event.


The Waking Walls


By AlanJames Burns


Echoing from the walls of Cloughoughter Castle the visceral cries of Irish caoineadh reverberate over the rippling water. Together, gathered on boats and at the lakeside we absorb this iconic monument’s sorrowful lament for our shared environmental and biodiversity losses it’s witnessed over its lifetime.


WHERE: Buses leaving Townhall Cavan for Cloughoughter Castle each day at 4pm for daylight performances and 7.15pm for the sunset performances. Please DO NOT drive to the site due to space restrictions.


WHEN: Evenings Friday 8th - Saturday 9th September 2023, 4pm and 7.15pm each day.


Event run time, including bus transfers, approx 2 hrs 20.


The Waking Walls is a new collaborative theatrical artwork which reawakens age-old methods of coping with loss, in order to equip us with traditional skill-sets to come together and collectively process climate disruption. This transformative event allows us to reframe environmental grief - not as a state of disconnection and isolation, but as a unifying experience, which can be a poignant force for change.


The Waking Walls, a lament of ecological and climate grief created with writer Chandrika Narayanan-Mohan, NYAH (Cross Border Collective of Traditional Arts Musicians), Cavan Arts Office and Cavan Adventure Club.


ACCESSIBILITY: The Waking Walls has built accessibility into experiential design including accessible transport for each performance and ISL interpretation for performances on Saturday 9th. A full list of accessibility measures for each performance is available through The project team is committed to making the event as accessible as possible, please email or ring Townhall with any questions or requests.


Tickets available from Townhall Cavan Box Office (049 - 4380494) or from the link below:


Free and reduced tickets are available if required by people, including for those living with a disability, low income, unemployed, OAP. These tickets are available by emailing or calling 049 43 80494.


The Waking Walls is funded and supported by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon Traditional Arts Project Award, Creative Ireland, Cavan Arts Office, Co-operation with Northern Ireland Scheme, Irish Hospice Foundation, Cavan Townhall, Cavan Adventure Club, Office of Public Works, Dept. of Housing Local Government and Heritage, One Resilient Earth, Caoineadh expert Marian Caulfield, Architect Jessica Lange and Cavan heritage and biodiversity experts Heather Bothwell and Fergal Connolly.

Date and time:

19 August 2023 to 19 August 2024


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