On the 3rd January 2017, the inaugural Illuminate Herstory Festival was launched at a special ceremony on the Hill of Uisneach, the ancient Sacred Feminine centre in the Heart of Ireland.

In honour of the 5000 year old tradition whereby the first fire of the Celtic Festival of Bealtaine is lit on Uisneach, the first illumination of this new light festival saw the Catstone illuminate with Ériu, the Sovereign Goddess of Ireland, captured by artists Jim Fitzpatrick, Patsy Preston, and Courtney Davis.

 A 4,500 lumen short-throw projector was used to effectively illuminate the ragged rock surface. 

Gemma, Treasa, Regina and Patsy lead a procession up the hill, drumming and chanting to the beat of this ancient land. After the illuminations, guests were treated to a magical evening of storytelling from mythologists, poets, historians, artists, archaeologists and musicians.

Curious about the Catstone?

The most famous feature on Uisneach is undoubtedly Ail na Mireann (the stone of divisions), known as The Catstone. It is also known as Umbilicus Hiberniae, Axis Mundi and the navel of Ireland. This huge glacial erratic symbolises Ireland, united in its divisions and it marks the centre of Ireland where the provinces came together. It is underneath this stone that Éiru, after whom the country is named, was laid to rest.

To find out more about Uisneach visit