The Wake the Giant festival returns to Warrenpoint. A two-day event commencing on Saturday 20th August 2022 in The Land of Giants at Warrenpoint Municipal Park. Witness the legend of one of Ireland’s most famous Giants, Fionn Mac Cumhaill making his way through the town before he finds his new place to catch some much-needed sleep.
On Saturday 20th August at 11am Warrenpoint’s Municipal Park will be transformed into The Land of Giants. A host of Giant family activities including Giant Games in the Kids Zone, Walkabout Characters, Green Crafts Zone, and Giant Food Village. Make sure you keep an ear out for some fantastic musical performances throughout the weekend too.
By 2pm, Fionn will have made his sleepy descent from the Cooley Mountains to begin his procession through the town. The remarkable new 30ft tall Giant – Created by Puppeteer Francis Morgan, will be escorted by local legend, The Point Man (Hugh Brown) to his resting point on Mary Steet (facing The Square, beside the EuroSpar).
The Giant Awakens
When the clock strikes 8pm, Fionn will awaken from his slumber and begin to make his way towards Queen Street where one of the largest Giants in the UK and Ireland will partake in the street performance ‘Myth & Time’ brought to us by Francis Morgan, who as Creative Director has created a magnificent tale through time of Fionn’s Giant adventures. Along with The Point Man, The performance of ‘Myth & Time’ will be accompanied by Fifteen Time Travelling Eco Students from local Primary School, St Dallan’s and is set to last around 40 minutes. Once the performance is over Fionn Mac Cumhaill will make his way to bed for the night, leaving Queen Street and making his way towards the Pier via the front shore.
Sunday the 21st August at 11am will see day two of the Wake The Giant festival commence all over again with the opening of The Land of Giants. Fionn will rise from his snooze fest as the clock strikes 2pm and make his way from Dock Street to Warrenpoint Pier to share with us the tale of a Sunken City which lays beneath Carlingford Lough – The Story of Cahir Linn. Fionn will share the history and legacy of the city that once stood where Carlingford Lough now resides.
At 3pm, it’s time to bid farewell to our Giant friend for this year. Fionn leaves us with a parting message on the importance of the future of the area and looking after our surrounding environment. This message is reinforced at 4pm in Clonallon Park when 15 students from St Dallan’s Primary School will be the first to partake in what is hoped to be an annual planting of native Irish trees, to mark the start of the ‘Giant Forest’ something to be enjoyed by all for years to come.