Falconry and fire juggling: Kildare town gets set for this weekend's Medieval Festival

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Niamh O'Donoghue niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie


Niamh O'Donoghue niamh.odonoghue@leinsterleader.ie

Falconry and fire juggling: Kildare town gets set for this weekend's Medieval Festival

Festival committee members get set for this year's events

Final preparations are being made in advance of Kildare town's second ever Medieval Festival, which takes place this Sunday, August 21.

The town is set to be transported back to medieval times with authentic bunting and signs, which were handmade by local volunteers.

Chief organiser, Tom McCutcheon is very excited about this year's event.

“We want to celebrate what Kildare has to offer. We want to encourage people to come down and make a day of it, go to the medieval festival, go out to the Irish National Stud, go to Newbridge Silverware museum, Kildare farm foods or go racing at the Curragh. They have even named one of the races after the festival,” he said.

He is encouraging people to use the bus or train to gain access as there will be limited parking availability on the day.

“We have an excellent public transport system and we are hoping people will make use of it,” he said.

One of the highlights of the festival will be a unique performance from a group called Ancient Musical Ireland in St Brigid's Cathedral at 5pm. The group will actually be using the instruments of medieval times giving audiences a fascinating glimpse into life back then.

The concert is free but tickets must be picked up from the information tent. Represented by Simon O'Dwyer and Maria Cullen O'Dwyer, they are based in Connemara.

Stalls will line the square and Nolan's carpark with lots of workshops and activities on offer. Visitors will enjoy falconry, puppetry, a food and market village, fire juggler, street theatre, walking tours and much more. They will also get a chance to try and attack the Norman’s at the archery display and hear all about their time in Kildare town during the street theatre show.

The festivities kick off at 12:30pm and will run until 6pm. Visitors are being asked to dress in medieval style to be in with a chance to win a prize. To find out more visit www.kildare.ie/kildareheritage or log on to Facebook www.facebook.com/kildaretownmedievalfest/