Faol Lia (meaning Grey Wolf) is a Historical Reenactment group, which grew from the members’ interest in their own ancestry and the history of Ireland, their involvement with other Living History groups, and the organisation of a community festival in Co. Leitrim in the year 2000.
The aims of Faol Lia are to reconstruct and re-enact the costume, weaponry, and lifestyles of Ireland, with a range from the Neolithic Period to the 1850’s, and to provide an accurate and entertaining resource for education, festivals, pageantry and film.
Achievements and experience of the group since formation include such highlights as:
- Membership in the Combat International Stunt Crew filming at such locations as Pinewood Studios and working with them on such films as 'Snow White and the Huntsman'
- Being part of the Stunt Combat team for the film ‘King Arthur’.
- Providing costume, consultation and combat for the Discovery Channel’s ‘Grainne Mhaol’ documentary, as part of their Warrior Women series.
- Providing costume, consultation and special extras for the film 'forty shillin shame' (see video gallery)
- Organisation of Living History and Combat demonstrations for events such as the Westport Festival, Moytura Community Festival, O’Sullivan Beara Parade & Battle, Belturbet Summer Festival, Battle of Flags (Limerick and Cork), Kells Heritage Festival and the Brú na Boinne Festival (Newgrange, Co. Meath).
- Hosting of regular training weekends: to facilitate and encourage communication, cohesion and highest levels of skill standards between Irish reenactment groups.
- Participation in St. Patrick’s Day events worldwide - from winning 1st prize for Cultural Attainment in the Tallaght parade, to an invitation from the Lebanon Veterans Association to participate in the first ever parade being held in Beirut.
- International battle reenactment at the Napoleonic Festival in Dunkirk (France), Battle of Bannockburn (Scotland), Pembrook Castle Medieval Festival (Wales), Battle of Waterloo Festival in Surrey (England), as well as Irish events such as the Battle of Fermoy (Cork), Dungarvan Viking Festival (Waterford), Ballybunion Festival (Kerry), Battle of Cahir (Tipperary), Kilmallock Medieval Festival (Limerick), and the Magnus Barelegs Festival in Co. Down.
- Providing costumed informative tour guiding on the Hill of Tara, Co. Meath.
Faol Lia has vast knowledge and skills resources to draw upon, maintaining open communication and co-operation within the Irish and international reenactment communities, as well as their internal assets. Current membership consists of: professional archaeologists; costumiers; craftspeople who work with leather, metal and wood; researchers, writers, and historians; childcare professionals; licensed event security personnel; and heritage centre managers.
Going forward into 2012, and beyond, Faol Lia Reenactment Society will continue to promote and maintain the highest standards of technical competence, safety, instruction and education, as Historical Reenactment so richly deserves.