Historically, the Áenach Tailteann gathering was a time for contests of strength and skill, and a favored time for contracting marriages and winter lodgings. A peace was declared at the festival, and religious celebrations were also held.
Games consisted of athletic, gymnastic and equestrian contests of various kinds, and included running, long-jumping, high-jumping, hurling, quoit-throwing, spear-casting, sword and shield contests, wrestling, boxing, swimming, horse-racing, chariot-racing, spear or pole jumping, slinging contests, bow-and-arrow exhibitions, and, in fact, every sort of contest exhibiting physical endurance and skill.
In addition, there were literary, musical, oratorical, and story-telling competitions, singing and dancing competitions, and tournaments of all kinds.
Also, competitions for goldsmiths, jewellers, and artificers in the precious metals; for spinners, weavers and dyers; and the makers of shields and weapons of war.
All were conducted under specially prescribed conditions; and articles of guaranteed home-manufacture were examined and tested with the greatest care.
All kinds of food, merchandise, live-stock, household utensils, cloth, arms, and articles of wearing apparel were on exhibition, as well as for sale. It is recorded that the Greeks, had special Great Marts of their own allotted to them for the sale of precious gems, jewellery, gold ornaments, and many coloured silken cloaks.
It is thought that the ancient Greek traders took the template of the Teltown games back to Greece with them to form the basis of the ancient Greek Olympics.
Does anyone have any information on this? It sounds like typical tourism boards inventive history.