Irish Walled Towns Network Events

Fancy dressing like a medieval soldier and defending the Bandon town walls? How about being led on a treasure hunt by headless Sir Walter Raleigh in Youghal? Or, trying your hand at the 1,000 year old craft of Anglo-Saxon embroidery in Kilkenny?

The 29 member towns of the Irish Walled Towns Network are producing a vast array of medieval  and historic themed events during Heritage Week, for all ages.

Wexford Town Medieval Day - behind the Westgate Tower/Heritage Centre, Wexford

August 19th 

Wexford will be celebrating Walled Towns Day on Sat 19th Aug 2017. Walking Tours commence at 11.00a.m FREE events in the Green Area behind the Westgate Tower/Heritage Centre from 1p.m. Discover facts about daily life in the 10th Century with guided walking tours, re-enactments of Viking & Medieval Life, children’s medieval fun, Sprang Weaver Medieval shield making, Falconry display, chat to archaeologists and much more on display. Live music 3pm -5pm

Youghal Medieval Festival – St. Mary’s College Gardens Quarter, Youghal, Cork

August 19-20th

Another hugely popular festival, Youghal Medieval Festival will bring together over 150 performers, entertainers, musicians, historians, and re-enactors at over 40 events in and around St. Mary’s College Gardens. Highlights include the White Horse Vikings at the Medieval Village and a gala concert with soloist Caroline Fraher and Cork Cathedral Chamber Choir. Children will love the newly created Sir Walter Raleigh’s Treasure Trail at St. Mary’s Collegiate Church.

Craft Demonstrations and Workshops – Rothe House, Kilkenny

August 19th and 26th

Two events at Kilkenny’s Rothe House will demonstrate medieval craftsmanship and allow participants a chance to learn ancient textile skills. On Saturday 19th, a day of medieval craft demonstrations will take place emphasising medieval clothing and how they were made. The following week, textile workshops in Anglo-Saxon Embroidery, Drop Spindle Spinning and Naalbinding will be led by expert craftspeople, who will give insight into the history of their craft, the unique designs through time and the challenges faced in keeping these crafts alive. Each workshop has limited capacity so book early!

Cork Heritage Open Day – Cork City

August 19th

Over 40 historic and heritage sites across Cork City will be open to the public for free, for this one day event organised by Cork City Council. Unique sites include Cork’s oldest house on Pope Quay, Crawford and Blackrock observatories, churches and religious buildings, and sites of commerce and trade. Accompanying talks and tours will take place in many of these buildings.

Sound and Light – Carlingford Heritage Centre, Carlingford, Louth

August 19th, 7.30 – 10pm

Carlingford Heritage Centre are creating a unique event using sound and light to tell the story of Carlingford. Set against this iconic building in the town, the sound and light event will reflect on people, a place and its stories.

Kildare Medieval Festival – Kildare Town, Kildare

August 20th

Kildare Heritage Centre are producing the 3rd medieval festival in the town, taking place in and around St. Brigid’s Cathedral in the town centre. There will be a medieval food and craft fair, a Viking Village, falconry and puppetry by Billy Bubbles. Visitors can try their hand at archery and medieval crafts, and there are super prizes for the most creative costume, so come dressed in your finest

Athenry Medieval Festival – Athenry, Galway

August 20th

Taking place in the grounds of the Athenry Heritage Centre, this one day event promises art & craft displays and workshops, puppet shows, archery, re-enactments, music, film and historic presentations.


My Town, My Heritage – Teach Diarmada Community Centre, Castledermot, Kildare

August 21st-25th

Castledermot Local History Group are producing an exhibition of photographs selected through an open call in the town. Entrants were encouraged to reflect on the heritage of the town, in all its aspects. The exhibition includes a Junior category for Primary School students.

Bandon Walled Towns Festival – Bandon, Cork

August 23-27th

This festival begins on Wednesday 23rd August, with town walks and talks by local archaeologists, historians and nature enthusiasts. The festival culminates with a weekend of events at the town hall including food stalls, craft demonstrations, talks, storytelling, face-painting and the ultimate Battle Re-enactment for the kids!


Loughrea Medieval Festival– Loughrea, Galway

August 25-27th

One of the biggest medieval festivals in the country, Loughrea Medieval Festival expects about 15,000 attendees every year, so be prepared for a fun family event. The theme this year is ‘Forget-me-not’, evoking a call to remember, and the beautiful flower of this name, playing on the theme of Heritage Week 2017. Expect to find historic talks, nature based workshops, medieval crafts, archery, herbal medicine, excellent offers of food and even a Flea Circus!


Rindoon Loop and Castle Nature Walk – Lecarrow, Roscommon

August 26th

Rindoon is a very special place. An abandoned medieval town, the Irish Walled Towns Network, along with Roscommon County Council and the St. John’s Heritage Group have spent many years conserving, promoting and making Rindoon accessible. This looped walk will cover history, culture and natural habitat along the edge of Lough Ree.