Vikings back in Kildare town for the Medieval Festival 2018

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Paula Campbell

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Vikings back in Kildare town for the Medieval Festival 2018

Rory Hopkins and Declan Doyle enjoying last year's festival

The date has been set for this year’s Medieval Festival in Kildare town as Sunday, August 12, next.

The plans are already taking shape with lots on offer again this year.

A meeting was held recently to discuss the plans for this year’s annual festival.

“First big news is that the Deise Medieval Re-enactors are coming back to Kildare for the day,” said PRO Emily O’Connor. “They were a huge hit last year and remember 2017 was the first time the Vikings actually got into the Round Tower. After hundreds of years of failed attempts it turned out all they had to do was ask.”

Along with the Viking Village and reenactments, this year organisers will be bringing something new, the Kiddie Vike.

After each battle they will take kids into the battle field and teach them to attack the Vikings, who will of course be very afraid of the newcomers.

“It sounds like great fun, to be honest we on the organising committee wish we were still kids so we could join in,” added Emily.

The Medieval Food and Craft Village will also be back better than ever.

“Along with Eamonn Fahy teaching us how to spin wool and Beth Murphy, the Willow Wonder doing her thing, we also have Conor Lane coming along to demonstrate Bog Oak carving and even let people have a go themselves. There is more in this area but we don’t want to give everything away at once.”

Meanwhile festival goers can enjoy all the action in Market Square, with a number of activities planned for the family.

“These activities and games will show us how kids spent their time in Medieval Times without Minecraft and iPhones and there’s sure to be a game here for everyone to enjoy along with a few spot prizes on the day.

“So far we have many of the regulars confirmed such as Bernard Byrne with his Birds of Prey and of course, music and calligraphy in the Cathedral.

“Our tag is now @kildaremedievalfest so be sure to check for regular updates.”