WITH CLEAR BLUE SKIES OVERHEAD, the stunning surrounds of St. Mary’s College Gardens was the location for the launch of Youghal’s Annual Medieval Festival, set to take place on Sunday 19th August 2012. Now in its 6th year, the Festival coincides with national celebrations of ‘Irish Walled Towns Day’ and has proven to be an essential date in the calendar of Summer events for a free family day out.
Set within the environs of Youghal’s 13th century medieval town walls, in St. Mary’s College Gardens, this year’s programme promises a range of new attractions to discover and enjoy. Many of the much-loved events featured in previous years, such as medieval re-enactments by the ‘Free-lance Knights of Redemption’ will also be on hand to welcome the thousands of visitors.
Newly planned for 2012 is the incredibly exciting spectacle of ‘Animal Magic’ from Limerick, bringing along a stunning display of hawks, falcons and owls giving spectators a chance to see birds of prey at close quarters. Also added to this year’s programme is the ‘Horrible Histories Medieval Trail’ which is set to enthrall kids of all ages.
“With great commitment over the past six years, Youghal Heritage has built this event into one of the leading medieval festivals in the country,” noted Catherine Desmond of the organising committee. Bringing Youghal’s unique heritage to life, this festival provides a fantastic array of features that are set to entertain and involve. Whatever age or interest, there is something for everyone – and all completely free of course! Catherine went on to note, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters and sponsors, especially The Heritage Council of Ireland and Youghal Town Council for their continued support for our event.”
Over the course of the day, many aspects of medieval life will be displayed for visitors to experience and explore. A medieval cookery display – with a ‘lamb of the spit’, medieval shoe making and coin pressing being some of the other stand-out features. ‘Maid Marion’s food and craft fair is always a firm favourite with this year seeing in excess of 30 stall holders taking their place at the event. The ‘kids kingdom’ line-up will see the return of two magnificent bouncy castles and medieval cube challenge, along with the wonderfully enthralling ‘beatz’ drumming workshop. Old favourites such as face painting, balloon modelling and a large area dedicated to arts and crafts are sure to delight.
So whether it’s falconry, medieval cookery, battle re-enactments, or simply a spot of shopping, re-discover Youghal’s unique history and heritage at this year’s Medieval Festival!