Town Walls Day brings history to life

The third annual Cashel Town Walls Day promises to bring history to life, when it is held as part of the EU Charter celebrations, this weekend.

The third annual Cashel Town Walls Day promises to bring history to life, when it is held as part of the EU Charter celebrations, this weekend.

Taking place in the Cashel Charter EU village and in the Cashel Palace grounds, from 1pm on Sunday, July 3, this is a free event for all the family.

The history of Ireland can literally be found in its Walled Towns. The Irish Walled Towns Network was established by The Heritage Council in 2005 and currently comprises 21 walled towns and villages throughout Ireland.

Did you know that Cashel has around one and a half kilometres of medieval town walls? They were built between 1316 and 1330 under the guidance of Archbishop Walter Fitzjohn.

Over the past ten years Cashel’s town walls have been cleaned and restored, made safe and accessible. Once a year we celebrate our built heritage with a Town Walls Heritage Day.

Olivia Quinlan of the Cashel Heritage Trust, who are organising this Walled Town Day, told us: “There will be craft stalls, medieval-life demonstrations, hands on workshops in stone and wood, and a chance to dig down and get dirty with archaeologists. Young and old alike can enjoy the unique Armagh Rhymners, Ireland’s premier folk-life performance troupe who bring the sounds of the past to life in their interactive street theatre. Did you know one pub in Cashel used to be called the Cat and Bagpipes? Recreate the old sounds it housed before the juke box when Wynndebag the Piper takes us on a knock-about tour of music from the 14th century to rock and roll.”

Cashel was famous long before the Normans did a bit of redevelopment and it was well-known to the Romans a thousand years before the town walls were built. Sean Laffey for the trust said: “We have Romans Ireland, a Vexellation of Roman soldiers, who will demonstrate arms and weapons from the first century. Romans Ireland were in Cashel already, noting the lie of the land for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this time they are coming back with some serious first century artillery.”

One very impressive aspect will be the school’s history project, Joanne Hughes told us that “Ten local schools have been working on displays to explain what life was like in the middle ages, from going into hospital to working on the land, come along and find out what they have discovered. They have done a fantastic job and learnt so much in the process!”

It’s all free, it’s fun and it’s a celebration of over 1000 years of Irish heritage.

Thanks to Irish Walled Town Network, the Cashel Heritage Trust, Cashel Town Council and South Tipperary County Council for sponsoring the event.