Summer Solstice @ Comfest, honoring Manannán

A statue of Manannán mac Lir, who stands tall and strong in the prow of a boat, his arms outstretched, overlooking the North Atlantic

Date: June 30, 2024 10:00 am

Three Cranes Grove invites you to join us at Comfest for a celebration of the summer solstice, honoring Manannán mac Lir! This ritual is free, public, and open to all. (See below for location: it’s different this year!)

Manannán is the Gaelic god of the sea — ancient and wise, older even than the Tuatha Dé Danann. He is a navigator and a guide, a protector and a proud yet humble king. At this ritual we will honor him with a version of a ritual known from the Scottish Western Isles, where yearly offerings were made to ensure the safety and bounty of the fisheries. (We land-locked folk will ask his blessing on all our productive endeavors, aquatic or no!)

This rite will be held hybrid — all are welcome to join us in person, but we will also stream over Zoom. We strive to weave all attendees into our magic, no matter how they join us, and we invite all remote participants to pray at their home shrines along with us if they have them, or in the shrine of their heart if they do not, and to join with us in offering.


Ritual is scheduled for 10:00am, and we’ll start as close to that time as we can manage. There’s no potluck at this ritual, but since you’re there anyway you might as well hang around and join the Comfest fun!

9:30 — Gathering / Zoom meeting begins
9:45 — Pre-ritual briefing
10:00 — Ritual begins

If you can’t make it in-person, we’d love to see you via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 337 362 382
Passcode: 477818

What should I have with me?

Since this ritual is at a large festival, things are a little different from our usual: no potluck, and we won’t be collecting any non-perishable food items (though you are always welcome to make a monetary donation to the Mid-Ohio Food Collective or a local food bank!).

In-person attendees are welcome to bring offerings to give — we won’t have a live fire, so please bring scatterable offerings if possible, but our priests will also collect burnable offerings and sacrifice them later on your behalf.

Zoom attendees are welcome to give offerings at their home shrine, or in the shrine of their hearts.


This ritual is part of the event schedule for Comfest. Comfest is celebrated on the grounds of Goodale Park, just north of I-670 in the Short North.

New location! This year Comfest has asked us to hold our ritual near the Goodale Park pond (northeast corner of the park) — you can see a map on pp. 32-33 of the 2024 Comfest program guide. We’re not sure exactly where we’ll be around the pond, but look for our altar setup; it shouldn’t be too hard to spot us that early on a Comfest Sunday.

There are numerous garages and parking lots in the area. Street parking is also available in the surrounding neighborhood and is free on Sundays; pay close attention to all posted parking signs and be neighborly! More parking info, including info on handicapped parking and bike parking, is on pg. 62 of the Comfest program guide.