Thursday 17 October 2019

Norman landing anniversary weekend to bring past to life

David Looby

On May 4 and 5 Bannow 1169 will commemorate the 850th anniversary of the first Norman landing in Ireland with a festival in Carrig-on-Bannow and a civic ceremony at Bannow Church.

Battle re-enactments, a living history tented village, historical lectures, a commemorative ceremony and concerts featuring local and Norman musicians will mark what is the most important and consequential event in Irish history.

The weekend will begin with the tented village being installed in a field in Carrig-on-Bannow where the battle re-enactments will take place over two days. There will be 14 living history tents, 15 living history craft displays, a display of Norman cavalry warfare and fully trained warriors for the displays twice each day.

There will be warrior training for children each day after the battles plus free have a go at archery for the children along with free Norman replica coins.

A civic ceremony will take place at Bannow Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, to which leading dignitaries will be invited.

On both May 4 and 5 there will be historical lectures in the marquee in the village. On the Saturday Turtle Bunbury and on Sunday Emmet Stafford will be the guest speaker. On both Saturday and Sunday there will be concerts in the marquee at Colfer's pub.

On Saturday the inaugural performance of a specially commissioned piece by Greg French will be performed by the Danescastle school senior band along with other local guests. A band from Normandy, Strand Hugg will complete the concert. Sunday's concert will again feature Strand Hugg, along with the local band Green Road.

New Ross Standard