Medieval festival to return to Kildare town this year despite original postponement

New volunteers needed for annual celebration of all things medieval in Kildare town

Paula Campbell

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Medieval festival to return to Kildare town this year despite original postponement

Fun at last year's Kildare town Medieval festival

Despite announcing it was taking a break this year, the Kildare Medieval Festival will be back in August after all.

Due to the huge reaction the committee had from their recent announcement that the festival would not be going ahead this summer, they have decided that it will now take place.

Organiser Tom McCutcheon from the Heritage Centre said that he is stepping back from his pivotal role with the festival this year in order to pursue other interests and to encourage in new people, with new ideas, to take charge.

“I’m stepping down and taking more of a back seat this year,” said Tom. “I will assist but I want to take a break this year and I want to encourage new people with new ideas to come on board. Emily O’Connor from the Heritage Centre will bring it forward this year as the main co-ordinator alongside the commitee.”

Last January the organisers met last week to discuss the future of the festival and decided a year out was a good idea.

However, there was such an outpouring of goodwill for the festival this year that organisers have decided it should return again for it’s fourth run. If you would like to get involved in organising with them, please get in touch by dropping into the Heritage Centre or via Facebook.

As always, they are looking for new inspiration and people to help out this August, however the dates for this year’s festival have yet to be decided. “The idea is to keep the festival vibrant and new and something that people won’t want to miss out on each year,” Tom added.