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Sunday 18 November 2018

Crosshaven's Fort Camden to host military re-enactment

RÓISÍN HEALY

CROSSHAVEN'S recently re-opened Fort Camden (Meaghar) will host a military re-enactment with a weapons displays this weekend, July 30-31.

The American Airbourne 101 Parachute Regiment returns to the fort at Rams Head, Cork Harbour, for battle and weapons displays.

The military events start at approximately 1.30pm on both days with a weapons display which will be followed by a military reenactent at 3.15pm.

Further military memorobilia from the Irish defense forces are on display in the restored billet rooms.

Artist installations will be on display throughout the fort site this weekend. Cork County Council Camden Commission asked artists to submit their unique interpretations of Fort Camden for display.

Artist Julia Palone's piece is displayed in one of the billets and artist Roseanne Lynch has positioned hers on a wall above the dry moat at the fort entrance.

Visitors can also take a self-guided tour through one of the tunnels and around the fort.

Fort Camden is internationally recognised as one of the finest remaining examples of a coastal artillery fort and is open to the public on weekends from July to September from 12pm-5pm.

A community volunteer group called Rescue Camden have undertaken the cleanup and restoration of the site in the last year. The work of Camden Rescue resulted in Camden Fort being featured on the popular RTÉ programme Dirty Old Towns earlier this year.

To date over 3,000 visitors have passed through the gate of the unique coastal fort in Crosshaven, the structural layput of which gives an authentic view of how things were in the 17th Century.

Further information and future event details are available at www.rescuecamden.ie.

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