Racecourse military show in sight

By Amy Lewis

Published 28/05/2016 | 00:00

At the launch of the Wexford Military Show 2016 in Wexford Racecourse(from left): Joe O'Toole (organiser), Marion Coady (coordinator), Declan Reck and David Lloyd (Wishcoin Events), Teo Valedez (Uncle Sams, sponsor), Owen Breslin and Ciaran Doyle.
At the launch of the Wexford Military Show 2016 in Wexford Racecourse(from left): Joe O'Toole (organiser), Marion Coady (coordinator), Declan Reck and David Lloyd (Wishcoin Events), Teo Valedez (Uncle Sams, sponsor), Owen Breslin and Ciaran Doyle.

Wexford's second Military Show will launch with a bang at Wexford Racecourse this June Bank Holiday weekend.

Billed as a family friendly living history event, the show will take a glimpse into the lives of the Celts, Vikings, Romans, Normans and many other eras throughout history.

This year's show will place a special emphasis on Hungarian Horseback Archery, World War I and World War II.

A large laser display in the main area is sure to be a big attraction as it is where visitors can get in on the action themselves.

They can get involved in archery, airsoft and several other activities.

At the end of each day,a large re-enactment of a World War II battle will draw the show to a dramatic close as fully-functioning war vehicles and small explosives bring history to life once again. All of the vehicles are original and many of them have been used in big-name films in recent years.

Throughout the two days, visitors of all ages can get a closer look at a wide array of vehicles, including UN special forces vehicles. There will also be many traders selling everything from military and survival gear to swords and shields for kids.

The show has been organised by Joe O'Toole and David Lloyd and Declan Reck of Wishcoin Events while Marion Cody serves as the event coordinator.

This is the second year that the show has come to Wexford Racecourse, having previously taken place at Duncannon Fort for 12 years. Next year, organisers are hoping to bring it on a larger scale as the Wexford Military Festival.

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