Wexford turns back the clock for annual Walled Towns Day
Published 08/09/2015 | 00:00
Visitors to Wexford took a step back in time recently at this year's Walled Town and Medieval Day.
To mark the end of Heritage Week, the annual event was held on the green next to Wexford's original Town Wall. The area is steeped in history and proved to be the perfect location for the event which was established to celebrate Wexford's rich historical past.
In the 'Viking Village', guests enjoyed dramatic reenactments and plays depicting Norman life, along with shield and sword making workshops. Seinn Youth Ensemble added to the authentic atmosphere by providing medieval music throughout the day.
A presentation by Stafford McLoughlin Archaeology attracted great attention, proving to be one of the highlights of the event. The exciting feature included mock up excavations and a public display of archaeological objects. There was also an exhibition outlining the history of the Town Wall, giving visitors an insight into the history behind it.
History expert Monica Crofton was on hand to lead several insightful walking tours, which offered a glimpse into the origins of the wall and Wexford town itself.
Children also got in on the action on the day. The children's digging pits proved to be extremely popular, as kids of all ages grabbed their shovels in an attempt to uncover some of Wexford's buried secrets. Some modern entertainment was also provided with face-painting and balloon making.
Visitors to the event got another taste of medieval life in The Holy Grail, The Centenary Stores and The Yard, where a wide selection of Norman-inspired food and drink was on offer throughout the day.
Wexford Walled Town and Medieval Day is an annual event supported by The Heritage Council, Irish Walled Towns Network and Wexford County Council.