Strawberries and cream for Norman Enniscorthy

Enniscorthy Castle is in Norman occupation again for the weekend Strawberry Fair/Street Rhythms and Roots Festival. Pic: WexfordToday.com

Chairman of Enniscorthy Municipal District, Cllr Willie Kavanagh, performed his final function at Enniscorthy Castle tonight when he spoke at the launch of the 52nd annual Strawberry, Street Rhythms and Roots Festival.
Cllr Kavanagh pointed out that the Failte Ireland tourism brand of the region as Ireland’s Ancient East is full of great stories and legends and the magnificent Enniscorthy Castle in the heart of the town is “a wonderful gem in our town.”
Cllr Kavanagh said; “Wexford as a brand has traditionally been known for its wonderful produce and the famous Wexford strawberries have developed a thriving industry. The Slaney Valley and county has seen a number of local food producers win national awards of excellence.”
Cllr kavanagh complimented the orgainsing committee; “The committee have worked hard to build the festival so that we might see another 50 years of music and family friendly entertainment.”
There was also a contribution from Jimmy Gahan, Chairman of the Strawberry Fair Committe, who outlined many features of this year’s festival and acknowledged the support of the sponsors and all who contributed in any way to the success and continuation of the famous Enniscorthy summer festival.
The 2019 Festival was officially opened by the local born celebrity and media broadcaster, Laura Mullet, a journalist on Ireland AM and Expose transmitted on Virgin Media 1.
The invited guests included Minister Paul Kehoe, James Browne T.D., John Carley, Director of Services, the reigning Strawberry Fair Queen, Ciara Byrne, and the eleven princesses who are chasing the 2019 title that will be decided on the stage at Market Square on Sunday evening. Liz Hore, District Manager, acted as master of ceremonies.
There was an impressive parade from the Promenade to Market Square where the dominant feature revolved around the Norman 850th celebrations and living history evolved as the Norman period re-enactors shielded their ‘king’ and saluted the Prendergast Norman keep.
It all descended on the Market Square and the music began- reaching its zenith on Saturday and Sunday – in Enniscorthy’s historic Market Square where the pikeman and the priest point towards Vinegar Hill.

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