Tour guides at Carrick-on-Suir’s Ormond Castle will exchange their 21st century styles for 16th century attire for the upcoming National Heritage Week.
They will guiding visitors through the Tudor Manor dressed as historic figures such as the castle’s former resident, the infamous Black Tom, Earl of Ormonde, the great Irish female pirate Grainne Uaile, a solider and servant.
The guides will be donning period costumes for their guided tours on the opening Sunday of Heritage Week on August 21 and the closing Sunday, August 28.
The tours will be free of charge and provided on demand. .
“We got a great response last year to the costumes and this will be the third year we are dressing up to bring to life some of the characters of that period for people taking the guided tour, “ said a spokesperson for Ormond Castle.
“It’s more kid friendly than the standard tour and even people who have done the tour already will get to see a different side of the Castle during Heritage Week. “
The costumed guided tours are not the only way Carrick-on-Suir’s most important heritage site is marking Heritage Week.
Demonstrations of the delicate plaster restoration work currently underway in the Long Gallery of the Castle will take place on Tuesday, August 23 from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
And local historian Tom Walsh, who runs walking tours of Carrick-on-Suir, will give a talk called “Aspects of Carrick-on-Suir - People, Places and Stories About Carrick-on-Suir” at the Castle on Friday, August 26.
Ormond Castle is open to the public seven days a week from 10am to 6pm until October 5. Last visitor admissions are at 5.15pm daily.