THE community of Kilmallock will step back many centuries in time this Sunday to celebrate its medieval heritage.
In association with the Irish Walled Towns Network, walled towns throughout Ireland, including Kilmallock, will be ‘going medieval’ during National Heritage Week.
Whether it’s throwing a wet sponge at your nearest and dearest, watching your friend’s fight medieval battles until only one is standing, taking in a historical walk of the town or sampling the delights of the Ballyhoura Food Fair, there is something for everyone in Kilmallock this Sunday - Walled Town Day .
“We are trying to expose the town walls and make people enjoy them and appreciate them and enjoy the medieval aspect of Kilmallock,” explained Sarah McCutcheon, Executive Archaeologist, Limerick County Council.
The event is part of a nationwide celebration of walled towns which used to happen on one designated day but now takes place on both weekends during National Heritage Week which runs from this Saturday, August 20 until Sunday, August 28.
Kilmallock’s nearest medieval neighbour lies over the Cork border in Buttevant and a group of cyclists from the South Side Wheelie Wheelers will set off in the early morning sunshine at 9am to Buttevant where they’ll get a medieval welcome.
At approximately 11am at the GAA grounds in Kilmallock there will be under age hurling and under 16s camogie games between the two towns, Kilmallock and Buttevant.
A medieval fancy dress parade will leave the library car-park at 2pm and snake down through the town to join the festivities in the grounds of Coláiste Iosaef.
“I tried on the pillowcase and the rolled scarf last night and it looks okay,” joked Ms McCutcheon.
“People probably have what they need in their own houses rather than going getting anything fancy. We would be hoping for a bit of imagination and ingenuity and entering in the spirit of the thing. It’s a bit of fun. People can enter on the day – the more the merrier,” she added.
Categories in the Medieval Fancy Dress Competition include Best Family (minimum of three), best under 12 and best over 12. The judge’s decision is final.
At the Coláiste Íosaef grounds there will be a whole host of activities including medieval re-enactors, a children’s medieval battle, face painting, kiddies races, bowling and the Ballyhoura Food Fair to entertain and amaze both young and old.