[ANS] Shannon River Raids

With this missive does The Shire of Loch Ruadh invite you all to attend our new event, The Shannon River Raids, to be held October 22nd-24th in Hillsboro, Texas.

What pray tell do these raids offer? Why would you wish to venture to this new event? Why that is obvious! Tournaments, Competitions, Feasting, and REVELRY! ?

In Oct of 922, a Viking Jarl called Tomrair mac Ailchi' -- Thórir Helgason -- led a fleet of 67 Long ships into the mouth of the Shannon River and set up a permanent settlement. He then led the Limerick fleet on raids along the River Shannon, from the lake of Lough Derg to the lake of Lough Ree, pillaging ecclesiastical settlements, villages and towns.

Come help The Shire of Loch Ruadh recreate the invasion of Ireland and the raids on the Shannon River.

Who will be the victor? Will it be the fearsome Vikings or the cunning Celts? Come and mix merriment with mayhem. Fight a foe and then toast them at the bardic fire.

There are so many things to experience at this event. We offer you a chivalric bear pit, archery shoots, a mirthful tavern tournament, children's activities, youth chivalric tournament, the famed Titled Bard of Loch Ruadh Competition and a newly added Titled Artisan of Loch Ruadh competition. That is right! You could be the Premier Titled Artisan of Loch Ruadh.

We will also be preparing a delicious sideboard dinner that will be included with your site fee.

Merchanting is available for this event, please contact our merchant coordinator, Lady Sybil O'Dowd, for information sybilodowd@yahoo.com.

Site Location:

Middlefaire Renaissance and Medieval Festival Site
Intersection of State Highway 171 and County Rd 1458
Hillsboro, TX 76645

Site opens at 4pm on Friday and closes at 2pm Sunday

Event Fees:

  • $12.00 for adults (plus $5.00 Non Member Surcharge if not a paid SCA member)
  • $8.00 for children 13-17
  • $6.00 for children 6-12
  • Children 5 and under are free
  • $36.00 family maximum

Evening sideboard dinner is included with site fee.

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. They may also attend with a 21 year or older adult with a signed and notarized Minor Event Waiver Form from the parents.

Make checks payable to: SCA Inc. / Loch Ruadh.

Site Amenities

  • Flush Toilets
  • Showers (currently on a pay as you go basis)
  • Potable water faucets
  • limited electrical outlets are available for the disabled or those with medical needs.

Please contact the event Steward to reserve electricity.

Site is wet in period containers only. Ground fires are allowed but must be contained, no dug pits.

Pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash and attended at all time