An entire Medieval Living History Tented Village will rise up in Carrig-on-Bannow at the weekend as the Bannow 1169 Norman Festival commences the 850th anniversary of the Norman landing at Bannow Bay in 1169.
On Saturday and Sunday medieval village will accommodate living history tents, living craft displays, a display of Norman cavalry welfare and fully trained warriors for a showcase of battle re-enactments twice per day on Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th, inclusive.
A civic ceremony will be held at Bannow Church on Saturday at 2 pm where the official opening will be performed by Dr Pat Wallace, who worked the Wood Quay Project in Dublin city from 1974 until 1981, and is retired Director of the National Museum of Ireland, a position he occupied for 24 years.
There are also free historical lectures in the marquee at Carrig-on-Bannow with historians Turtle Bunbury and local archaeologist Emmet Stafford. Concerts and other events are also part of the two-day festival.
The Norman Invasion of Ireland during the 12th century is considered by most eminent historians to have been one of the most important events in the entire history of Ireland.
Organiser John Murphy said; “Bannow is a hugely historical location in Irish history, it is pivotal to the ancient heritage of Ireland’s Ancient East and we are looking forward to bringing this history to life over the May Bank Holiday weekend with professional historical reenactment groups who will create a fun fully immersive medieval experience for festivalgoers.”
During the year a series of public festivals, lectures, workshops and Norman adoration will take place at many venues including New Ross, the Irish National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig, Wexford, and at the castles of Ferns and Enniscorthy, but Bannow Bay was where they first landed and that’s where the show begins.
Further details on all of the events can be found at www.bannow1169.com Tickets for the Living History Village are €5 per adult; under 18’s are free; Concert tickets are €15 per person.