Fethard Transition Year students put town’s medieval statues on display on Sunday next

Transition Year students of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School and the Fethard Historical Society invite everyone to join them on Holy Trinity Sunday, June 3, to view the replicas of the town’s famous medieval statues that will be on display in the Church of Ireland Holy Trinity church from 2pm to 4pm. The original statues would likewise have been displayed in the church on Holy Trinity Sunday from the Middle Ages to the time of the Pattern Days and so this event may be seen as a most appropriate reprise of local tradition. It is also the ideal opportunity to celebrate the creativity of these young people as they showcase their talent in this historic setting.

Transition Year students of Fethard Patrician Presentation Secondary School and the Fethard Historical Society invite everyone to join them on Holy Trinity Sunday, June 3, to view the replicas of the town’s famous medieval statues that will be on display in the Church of Ireland Holy Trinity church from 2pm to 4pm. The original statues would likewise have been displayed in the church on Holy Trinity Sunday from the Middle Ages to the time of the Pattern Days and so this event may be seen as a most appropriate reprise of local tradition. It is also the ideal opportunity to celebrate the creativity of these young people as they showcase their talent in this historic setting.

The current Transition Year students are responsible for the creation of the St. John the Baptist sculpture which will be displayed with the other two replicas of the Holy Trinity and Christ at Golgotha (also made by Patrician Presentation students in previous years) that complete the trio. All three replicas are made of papier maché and are faithful copies of the originals. The students are to be congratulated for the skill with which they sculpted the figures and for their meticulous attention to detail.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Andrew Halpin, Assistant Keeper of the National Museum, Kildare Street, Dublin, who will give a brief lecture on the statues in Holy Trinity church at 2pm sharp. Dr. Halpin specialises in Medieval Irish studies and his talk should add greatly to our understanding of the statues and their importance in a national context. The original statues are now on permanent display in the Kildare Street Museum.

Immediately afterwards, musician John Sutton will facilitate a drumming workshop in the church grounds, using medieval-style drums of the Malinka people. As John so eloquently explains in his own words, participants “will learn to play an old rhythm Balakulandyan which affirms the great blessing brought to our world by the presence of children, so much appreciated by Christ and by the people of all cultures through the ages, and will create rhythms of their own too.”

Refreshments will then be served in the church grounds and there will be ample time to view the statues as they will be on display until 4pm.

We would like to thank South Tipperary County Council Heritage Office and the Heritage Council of Ireland for additional funding towards this event. Admission is free and all are welcome so please come along and join us for what promises to be a most entertaining afternoon.