The RTE Nationwide team with presenter Anne Cassin traversed Wexford to uncover the stories and events of ‘The Normans Are Here’ the year-long programme across Wexford marking the 850th anniversary of the arrival of the Normans to Ireland, onto the shores of Bannow in 1169.
Speaking of the upcoming special, Eamonn Hore, Director of Services at Wexford County Council told WexfordToday.com; “We are delighted to showcase the depth of Norman heritage in Wexford in this RTE Nationwide programme. The timing of the programme airing could not be better, as it will highlight the huge variety of festivals, talks and historical events set to take place over the rest of the summer and into autumn, which will be of great interest to adults and children, locals and visitors alike.”
The TV crew visited the Bannow 1169 Festival weekend at Carrig-on-Bannow where battles of yore were recreated and re-enacted by fully trained warriors.
Presenter Anne Cassin turned archaeologist for a day at the Carrig dig site at the Irish National Heritage Park. The site is one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood medieval sites in Ireland. Built in the autumn and winter of 1169 by Robert Fitzstephen, one of the first knights to land at Bannow Bay, Carrick is the oldest Anglo-Norman fortification in the country. The dig began in late 2018 and todate a church, a wooden castle and a town of 110 houses have been uncovered. The site will host an open day to the public on Friday, July 26th from 3 pm to 5 pm. plus there is an international conference planned in September entitled the ‘Carrick 850 International Conference’ hosted by the Irish Archaeology Field School, Irish National Heritage Park and partners on October 18th and 19th. This international conference is being organised to coincide with the publication of the first book detailing the Carrick site – ‘Carrick, County Wexford: Ireland’s First Anglo-Norman Stronghold’.
Many other events are set to take place later in the summer and autumn including a Norman Medieval Fare and a series of Norman themed events for children and adults at the Rockin Food Festival in Enniscorthy town over the August Bank Holiday.
The RTE Nationwide programme on Norman events in Wexford will be broadcast on Wednesday, July 10th at 7 pm on RTE 1. For further details on all events see www.visitwexford.ie/norman850