Cashel could be one of the four towns in Ireland chosen to host the 1,000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and the death of Brian Ború next year, if plans presented to Cashel Town Council this month come to fruition.
Chamber of Commerce President Séan Laffey, and Joanne Hughes of the Cashel Heritage Forum. Ms Hughes said the massive cultural event would draw thousands of visitors to the heritage town for the period April 25-27th. Entitled “To Crown a King” the festival would showcase medieval life, with performances and re-enactments, music and conferences of national and international academics and historians. Visitors could enjoy workshops, ‘hedge-schools’ and pageantry, culminating in a crowning ceremony on the Sunday evening of a modern-day “Brian Ború.” It’s hoped the Bru Ború heritage centre will play a central role in the events. The Festival would cost J64,000 to host, earning J38,200 over three days, leaving a shortfall of J25,800. Some of this money could be made up by charging County Councillors J100 per head, suggested Cllr Séan McCarthy.Cllr PJ Quinlan said: “A huge amount of work has been putinto bringing this to fruition. This is a huge event and Cashel should be at the centre of it.” Cllr Eoghan Lawrence added: “I hope this Council backs this to the hilt. It would be an awful tragedy if we didn’t support it.”