FETHARD’S Medieval Festival 2012 kicks off this week, with five days of events and workshops designed to suit all tastes and interests.
Wednesday 15th August
Family Shield Workshops, A day-long workshop for adults 10am - 4pm
Thursday 16th August
Childrens Workshop Family Shields 5 to 8 yrs - 10am to 12 noon, 8 to 18 yrs - 2pm to 4pm
Friday 17th August
Childrens Workshop Family Shields, 8 to 18 yrs - 10am to 4pm; Guided Tour of Medieval Fethard 2.30pm
Saturday 18th August
Silent Tour of Fethard’s Secret Places 3pm; Book Launch ‘Heraldic Memorials in Fethard’ 8pm; The Gree & Barrack Street Reunion 9pm.
Sunday 19th August
Carnival Gathering in The Square 1pm; Medieval Festival Parade at 2pm; Festival Fair by the Town Wall from 2pm to 5pm
The book ‘Heraldic Memorials in Fethard’ by Gerard Crotty is now with the printers and will be launched on Saturday at 8pm in old Holy Trinity Church. Fethard is lucky that Gerard Crotty, one of the country’s most respected experts on Irish heraldry, was willing to take on the task of studying Fethard’s family crests, shields and memorials and presenting it all in a colourful and high quality publication. The book is being published by the Fethard Historical Society who are hosting the launch and reception on the night and all interested are very welcome to come along. The book itself was grant aided by Fáilte Ireland who of course are very much promoting the whole concept of ‘Tracing your Roots’ and this book will encourage families mentioned: Everard, Roche, Butler, Hackett, Barton, Cooke, Tobin, Fitzgerald, Meagher etc., to come and visit Fethard from the four corners of the world.
The Green & Barrack Street Reunion will take place on Saturday night, 18th August at 9pm in the old Convent Hall. The evening will be informal and consist of buffet, refreshments and display of old photographs. Tickets for this event are E10 and price includes a copy of a booklet published in conjunction with the reunion. For tickets contact Niamh Kenny, Centra, The Green. Tel: 086 1940016 An informal ‘Walk around The Green & Barrack Street’ will take place in the afternoon to revive some memories of residents in the past. This will take place around 4.30pm and anyone is welcome to join in. Saturday night Mass, at 7.30pm in the Augustinian Abbey will also be offered for all deceased residents from The Green and Barrack Street. All are more that welcome to come along and remember those residents now past on.