Date(s) : 28/03/2014-06/04/2014
Kilkenny will be rolling back the centuries to celebrate its unique and rich history when it hosts Ireland’s first Medieval Week from March 28th - April 6th.
Visitors are invited to step back in time and join in epic events including royal feasts, tales of knights, workshops, historic tours and a raucous medieval market.
The city and county will be transformed into a medieval hotspot with locals, business owners, and those working in hotels, bars and restaurants being encouraged to get into the spirit by dressing up in medieval costume.
The Medieval Week, being coordinated by Kilkenny Tourism, is the first of its type in Ireland. It coincides with the development of Ireland’s Medieval Mile by the Kilkenny local authorities, stretching from Kilkenny Castle to St. Canice’s Cathedral.
Mr Ahern pointed to one example of what will be happening during this special week. Kilkenny candlemaker, Moth to a Flame, will gear production up with age-old candle making techniques.
Events for Medieval Week confirmed to date include:
An open day in historic Rothe House & Garden on Saturday April 5th to include a”Swords & Shields” workshop where children can make and paint their own weapons!
Children and adults can also try their hand at archery in partnership with Kilkenny Airsoft.
A guided heritage tour of Jerpoint Park, a 12th Century medieval site believed to be the final burial place of St. Nicholas.
Medieval story at Kyteler’s Inn from Dam Alice herself!
A heritage talk and tour at Highbank Orchards, home of a new Medieval Cider brand.
A “blow a glass bubble” workshop in Jerpoint Glass reflecting how significant craft was in the middle ages when mass production did not exist with glass blowers in traditional dress.
Nore Valley Park will remind visitors of the workings of a Medieval farm, with milling, medieval bread making and a black smith chain mail making demo.
Tours of Kilkenny Underground: Exploring Kilkenny’s Unseen Medieval Architecture and Medieval street tours.
A medieval fun run for charity
Medieval week starts on March 28th 2014.