This year’s National Heritage Week will run from Saturday, August 23, to Sunday, August 30, and Fethard will join the national effort with Fethard Historical Society co-ordinating a local ‘Heritage Day’ on Friday, August 29.
Both the model of Fethard Medieval Town and the Grave Slab projects will be on view (free of charge) in Old Holy Trinity Church from 10am to 5pm with personnel present to interact with the visitors.
This year’s Grave Slab project consists of the full size ‘rubbings’ of 12 carved grave slabs (from the 1500s to the 1700s) which are set in the floor of the church. These very large rubbings have been temporarily mounted on the church walls and their inscriptions have been deciphered and can now be read.
Backs to the Wall Tours will be conducting two tours of the Medieval Trail of Fethard at 11am and again at 2pm for anyone wishing to find out more about their hometown. The tours last one and half hours and cost €5 per adult with all children going free. Meet at the Foot Bridge in The Valley and there is no need to book, just turn up.
Further information if needed is available on: www.backstothewalltours.com
Friday, August 29, is also Country Markets day at the Town Hall. In 1947 Country Markets was founded in Fethard the first ever Country Market held in Ireland.