Our mask makers are Paul Carville, Derrymacash; Alison Fitzgerald, Ballyhegan; Bob Johnston, Ulster Folk Museum; Randy French, New Orleans and James Mulholland, Aghagallon, North Armagh, who passed away a few years ago.
Over the years we have had various bespoke masks crafted for our work. To date, we have in excess of 30 masks, some of which are no longer in use as they need to be carefully stored as each mask is completely unique.
The concept behind each mask originates from a character in a mummer’s play or performance. Two of our most well-known and loved masks are those of the Bull and Horse. The Bull represents the bull, while the Horse depicts Macha, the horse goddess.
We have masks for both the brown and the white bulls in the Taín as well as three horse skulls representing Macha and her twins. We perform rituals associated with the Taín, Ireland’s national epic. These are usually performed at Emain Mhacha but are available on DVD and social media.