Youghal Medieval Festival 2018

Award Winning Youghal Medieval Festival Returns for 12th Year

Main Event: Sunday 19th August 2018 (additional events Saturday 18th August

At the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, Youghal, Co. Cork will celebrate its wealth of medieval heritage with a packed programme of events to entertain families of all ages!  Now in its 12th year, this festival will take place on Sunday 19th August 2018 (main event) with additional events taking place on Saturday 18th August, in St. Mary’s College Gardens, Youghal.  Co. Cork.

The annual festival has become one of the country’s largest FREE events celebrating National Heritage Week.  Funded by The Irish Walled Towns Network and Cork County Council, the event showcases Youghal’s built and living heritage.   Speaking at the launch of the event, Helen Mulcahy, Cork County Council commented: “Cork County Council is thrilled to once again partner with The Irish Walled Towns Network in the delivery of this annual event.  We are delighted to bring a free festival that can be enjoyed by the whole family.” said Helen. “This event is always a quality and authentic event, one where families can step back in time to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of medieval life in Youghal, Co. Cork.”

This year the main event will take place on Sunday 19th August.  Highlights will include ‘The White Horse Vikings’, in their “Medieval Village” at St. Mary’s College Gardens.  These Warriors do battle at noon and 3.00pm.  Kid’s medieval battles in the afternoon also prove great fun and everyone’s a winner!   A little stroll through this “Medieval Village” highlights so many aspects of village life back in the day with apothecary, wool spinning, coin pressing and more.   You can even get up close and personal with visiting ‘Birds of Prey’ of Animal Magic.

Youghal Medieval Festival is considered by many as the ‘last hurrah’ of festivals before the “Back to School Blues”.  Many of the kids favourites will be returning, including ‘balloon magic’, ‘paint your own mask’, ‘mark your own shield’, ‘sand art’, ‘facepainting’ etc.  Following an arts & crafts session, parents and kids can sit back, relax and enjoy the hilariously funny and interactive Cork Puppet Specialists “Dowtcha Puppets”. New to the festival this year will be “Can you Dig It” Archaeological Dig for Kids, suitable for children from 8 years upwards. Youghal has hidden treasures......find them.

This year additional events will take place on Saturday 18th August, with talks in St. Mary’s Collegiate Church and Graveyard, including an intriguing insight into “Urban Wildlife Habitats” by Pat Smiddy, Wildlife Conservationist.   Saturday evening will bring a FREE Gala Concert to the Medieval St. Mary’s Collegiate Church.  The concert features soprano supreme, Caroline Fraher, together with renowned Tenor, John Daly.  Further information and programme details log onto: www.youghal.ie

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