Seventh Fethard medieval festival promises a mighty programme of acts and events

1stt Class Pupils at Holy Trinity National School preparing their banner for this year's Medieval Festival parade that will take place on Sunday, June 23, in conjunction with the Fethard Gathering Festival the same weekend.
Fethard Medieval Festival, which has been held for the last six years during Heritage Week in late August, has been moved this year to Sunday afternoon, June 23, to form the colourful centrepiece of the first weekend long ‘Fethard Gathering Festival 2013’

Fethard Medieval Festival, which has been held for the last six years during Heritage Week in late August, has been moved this year to Sunday afternoon, June 23, to form the colourful centrepiece of the first weekend long ‘Fethard Gathering Festival 2013’

Fethard Historical Society, who are again hosting the medieval afternoon, have assembled a mighty programme of acts and events that will surely please old and young alike.

The Medieval Parade at 2pm on Sunday, assembling at 1.30pm outside the Town Hall, will then proceed to the Valley Park which is sure to be a spectacular affair led this year by newcomers ‘Nuada’ with their wind-up hurdy-gurdy and medieval bagpipes. Wobbly Circus are back again with their juggling, stilts and tricks and fierce Celtic Warriors are also coming this way and are likely to take hostages along the route. Then there will be hosts of knights, warriors, peasants and ladies heading to the ‘Valley Fayre’, being joined by a multitude of school children – up to a possible 250 of them – with their class banners, shields and medieval hats that they are now making in parish schools workshops with artist Patricia Looby. We also have some surprizes which seem to appear ‘out of the blue’ every year and is a great feature of the Fethard medieval parade.

Prizes for best Medieval Costumes and Children’s Art

All and everyone are welcome and encouraged to put on their medieval kit for the day, which you can beg, steal or borrow for the occasion. Also, anyone handy with the sewing machine and needle can look up www.reconstructinghistory.com to see some patterns and rustle-up an ensemble costumes for themselves or a group of friends. There will be prizes for best male, female, children and group costumes so it may pay you to put in the effort!

The children in the parish primary schools along with schools in Killurney, Cloneen, Moyglass and Lisronagh will also be able to enter a Colouring Competition and a ‘Design a Medieval Costume’ competition and all the entries, including the winning entries, will be displayed in old Holy Trinity Church on Festival Sunday.

The Valley Fayre

The Valley area and the grounds of old Holy Trinity Church will again become the site for the medieval fayre -ground with Archery, Re-enactments, Dunking tank, Craft stalls , Children’s Tent Work -shops, Coin striking, Stocks and all the fun and games of a genuine medieval carnival. New this year also will be the Mad-Hatter Magic Show which should go down a bomb with the children.

The Medieval Festival is part of the national Walled Town Day celebration and is financially supported by the Heritage Council and the Heritage Officer of South Tipperary County Council. This support is given to towns who put on an authentic Medieval Festival which helps to build awareness of the towns heritage and that also attracts visitors to the town from other areas and abroad. To date, the official bodies are very happy with the genuine ‘medieval show’ that Fethard has organised over the past six years and are willing to continue to help fund the Fethard medieval festival. For further information see www.fethardfestival.com or email: festival@fethard.com