Over 10,000 to at­tend medieval fes­ti­val

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

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.

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