Over 10,000 to attend medieval festival
A medieval village is one of many attractions in store for visitors to an enhanced medieval festival in Youghal this coming weekend.
The annual event, in its 11th year, will now span two days with over 40 attractions planned for an anticipated 10,000 visitors.
The village, managed by the White Hose Vikings group, will be sited on high ground overlooking the main arena among lush surrounds of St Mary’s Collegiate Gardens.
The ‘village’ will display medieval cooking along with crafts such as like leather making, weaving and coin striking. Battle re-enactments will also take place throughout the weekend.
“The village is always very popular with festival attendances but over two days it will be more authentic than ever,” says East Cork municipal district officer Helen Mulcahy. The festival, held within the restored town walls, is substantially funded by the Heritage Council of Ireland with further support from Cork County Council.
It is based on family entertainment and events, with a wide range of children’s attractions, including mask and shield painting, tattoos, sand art, stocks, falconry, and a wide variety of foods and snacks.
Older patrons may enjoy a free concert by soloist Caroline Fraher while St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh Choir will perform a free concert in the 13th century St Mary’s Collegiate Church. Archaeologist Daniel Noonan will also speak on recent excavation discoveries in the church.
Archery events at the East Cork Youghal Medieval Festival which takes place this weekend. A medieval village will be set up overlooking the main arena at St Mary’s Collegiate Gardens.