The 13th annual Youghal Medieval Festival will take place in the Youghal this year on 4thAugust 2019. The current ‘Festival of the Year’ (Chambers Ireland – Excellence in Local Government Awards) has been given a new place in the calendar year of the August bank holiday weekend in order to facilitate the increasing numbers wishing to attend the event. The event is organised by Cork County Council’s Youghal Heritage Committee in partnership with the Irish Walled Towns Network.
Youghal is still riding on the crest of a wave since ‘Ironman’ swept into the East Cork town in June of this year and it is all set to continue as the Youghal Medieval Festival delivers one of the largest, most successful Free events of its nature Ireland.
Helen Mulcahy of Cork County Council explains the reason why the local authority continues to host this event. “Youghal Medieval Festival brings Youghal’s unique built heritage to life and it provides us with the opportunity to showcase our Town Walls which are the longest upstanding walls in the Republic of Ireland, our Medieval Church and Gardens to an international audience. We believe that our event allows visitors to become immersed the authentic world of medieval life, but also to have fun doing it, through a programme of free events that the whole family can enjoy. That blend is what makes this event so special” Said Helen.
Highlights of this year’s event include: The White Horses Living Society and their 30 ‘medieval warriors’ who will set up their tented medieval village in the gardens. Their ‘battle re-enactments’ are now legendary and will take place throughout the afternoon. An ‘archaeological dig’ for kids will see children supervised by qualified archaeologists in 30 minute ‘workshops’. New for 2019 will see the award-winning petting zoo “Farmyard in Your Schoolyard”, with children taking the ‘alpacas for a stroll’ around the medieval gardens! All of the old favourites will return including ‘paint your shield’ and this year kids will paint their own fairy door! With balloon art, face painting, hair braiding, as well as a host of artisan food and craft producers all participating.
While the main event takes place on Sunday 4th August, a number of special talks will also take place in St. Mary’s Collegiate Church on Saturday 3rd August. Also included in the Saturday evening programme will be the performance by renowned Soloist Caroline Fraher in a free early evening concert at the Medieval Church.
Full details of the event can be found on www.youghal.ie