PHOTO GALLERY: Kildare town medieval festival

Knights in shining armour

Leader reporter


Leader reporter

Over 5,000 people turned out at this year’s Kildare Town Medieval Festival.

Attendance was double last year’s, which was the first year the festival ran. According to Tom McCutcheon from Kildare Heritage Centre, it was a great day with a great atmosphere.

“It was fantastic from the food on offer to the puppet show, the falconry, archery and this year there was even a planetarium.”

Organisers even recreated the first page of the Book of Kildare, which has been missing from Kildare town since the 12th century. “It disappeared in the 12th century,” he added. “It was like the Book of Kells. We had a calligraphy artist recreate the first page and we will hang it around the town for people to see it.”

The free concert in the cathedral was packed out and the tower was open all day for people to climb and enjoy the view.

“The School of Farriery was there as well and they went through the process of making horse shoes which was very interesting.

"The festival takes a lot of work and we have a lot of good volunteers on board. We are a very open committee and we are always looking for new members for next year’s festival. Contact the Heritage office.”