THE people of Kilmallock will celebrate their medieval heritage this Sunday when the town hosts its Walled Town Day.
A series of public events to celebrate what is one of Ireland’s most intact walled towns have been organised including a children’s medieval battle, crafts and food fair, a tug of war competition, archery, and a cycle to Kilmallock from Buttevant, the town’s nearest medieval neighbour. The event is being organised by the Walled Towns Committee of Kilmallock Tourism and funded by the Irish Walled Towns Network, Ballyhoura Development Ltd and Limerick County Council.
To coincide with the programme launch for Kilmallock’s Walled Town Day, Limerick County Council said that 245 metres of Kilmallock’s medieval walls have been restored since the commencement of the Kilmallock Town Walls Conservation and Management Plan.
“The work to restore the town’s walls is complemented by ongoing efforts to identify and develop specific initiatives, schemes and projects that improve the town’s infrastructure and visitor offering with particular emphasis on its walled town status,” explained Sarah McCutcheon, executive archaeologist, Limerick County Council.
On Sunday, at 9am a group of cyclists from the South Side Wheelie Wheelers will set off from Kilmallock to Buttevant in north Cork where they’ll receive a medieval welcome.
A guided walk of Kilmallock at 11.30am will offer members of the public unique access to John’s Castle and Blossom Gate.
It will be one of the first times that John’s Castle and Blossom Gate have been opened to the public.
A medieval fancy dress parade will leave the library car-park at 1.30pm and to join the festivities in the grounds of Coláiste Iósaef.