Fethard Town Wall Medieval Festival reached new heights as thousands came to celebrate the event run in Fethard over last weekend. An estimated 3,000 people from all parts of Ireland and further afield, attended the medieval festivities by Fethard’s old Town Wall on Sunday, August 21, facilitated immensely by splendid weather.
The Festival kicked off on Friday night with a truly unique concert, ‘Echoes of a Gaelic Chieftain’s Court’, in Holy Trinity Church, where over 180 people enjoyed a sample of the world’s best exponents of 16th to 18th century Gaelic harp, vocal and piping, led by Siobhán Armstrong, chair of Historical Harp Society of Ireland. The setting of the picturesque candle lit medieval church undoubtedly enhanced the delightful performances from all the individual artists. This concert was promoted by Fethard Historical Society and was an outstanding success.
Sunday’s parade was simple superb with increased costume participation from young and old. The very colourful parade participants, led by the Moycarkey Pipe Band, made its way to the Town Wall via Main Street to loud applause from spectators as they passed. The children’s medieval hats on display were particularly outstanding.
The Valley looked immaculate again where all the work of the Tidy Towns, County Council staff and locals was a joy to behold. The great flags fluttering in the wind made a pretty picture overlooking the Town Wall decorated with colourful family shields and bunting.
The afternoons entertainment provided by the Fayreweather Band from Waterford, medieval re-enactors, children’s activity tents, craft stalls, fun and games, archery, dog show, bird displays, food stalls, exhibitions, music was continuously enjoyed by huge crowds of all ages, making it our most successful festival to date.
A photographic exhibition was also held at Barrack Street over the weekend showing various photographs of Fethard and Irish landscapes taken by Larry Kenny and Colin Kenny.
We take this opportunity to thank the local Gardaí for their assistance over the weekend, the Civil Defence for their voluntary help and attendance at the Festival; Fethard Ballroom for their use of tables and chairs; Fethard Scouts for their tents; Rev. Barbara Fryday and her many helpers for their wonderful co-operation and support over the weekend’s events; to Liam Daly, Barry Purcell, Jimmy O’Shea, Pat Carroll, Jimmy O’Sullivan for their help in providing essential facilities; to Primus Advertising and Clara Phelan for poster design; to Killusty Pony Show and Pat Culligan who organised our second hugely successful Dog Show; to all the local organisations that participated and helped on the day including our very wet young volunteers who took part in this year’s ‘Dunk Tank’. We also thank Jimmy O’Brien, Meat on the Square, who sponsored all the prizes for this year’s Fancy Dress Parade, and all our local sponsors of prizes for the dog show and festival raffle.
Our thanks also to the Heritage Council and South Tipperary County Council who helped part-fund the event with the local Medieval Festival Committee comprising of members of Fethard Historical Society and Fethard & Killusty Community Council.
Fancy Dress Parade Results
Best Group, 1st Michael Tillyer Group; 2nd Conor and Courtney Walsh.
Best Child, 1st David Moclair; 2nd Lucy White.
Best Adult, 1st Willie O’Meara; 2nd Stephanie Stokes.
Prizes for the Fancy Dress Parade were sponsored by ‘Meat at the Square’ Butcher Shop, The Square, Fethard.
Festival Raffle Results
1st Prize, a meal for two at McCarthy’s, was won by David Curran, Country Markets; 2nd Prize, meal voucher for Oriental Gardens Restaurant, Mary Healy, The Green; 3rd Prize, Gift Hamper from O’Sullivan’s Chemist, Alex O’Donovan, Garrinch; 4th Prize, photographic print by Larry Kenny, Marianne Shortall; 5th Prize, a wooden cheese platter by Johnny Sheehan, Ann Marie O’Sullivan; 6th Prize, Voucher for Mandy’s Hair Salon, Peg Gleeson; 7th Prize, Voucher for Town & County, James Laffey; 8th Prize, voucher for Mimosa Hair Salon, Rachel O’Loughlin; 9th Prize, Two bottles wine from Butler’s Bar, Greta O’Dwyer, Redcity; 10th Prize, potted plant from Country Life, Colin Kenny. Contact Marie Murphy Tel: 087 7928758 to arrange collection of prizes.
Festival Dog Show Results
Best Large Dog, 1st Jessica Caron with ‘Rya’; 2nd Chelsea Kenny with ‘Daisy’; and 3rd Martina Hannigan with ‘Misty’.
Best Small Dog, 1st Maureen Hayes with ‘Lola’; 2nd Leah Coen with ‘Ria’; and 3rd Thomas O’Reilly with ‘Ruby’.
Dog Most Likely to Take Home, 1st Laura Condon with ‘Pippa’; 2nd Joseph Gaule with ‘Elvis’; and 3rd Amy Roche with ‘Beckie’.
Best Dog in Medieval Attire, 1st Diana Stoke with ‘Elvis’; 2nd Jessica Maher with ‘Daisy’; and Michel Moloney with ‘Daisy’.
Best Groomed Dog, 1st Zoe Stokes with Duncan’; 2nd Chelsea Kenny with ‘Daisy’; and 3rd Martina O’Gorman with ‘Becky’.
Best in Show, 1st Zoe Stokes with ‘Duncan’; 2nd Laura Condon with ‘Pippa’; and 3rd Chelsea Kenny with ‘Daisy’.
Prizes for the Dog Show were sponsored by Killusty Pony Show and Ian Meagher’s ‘Daybreak’ Grocery Store, Kerry Street.