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Saturday 16 February 2019

Series of events to mark landing of the Normans

Re-enactments of Norman landing planned

David Looby

The arrival of the Normans in Bannow 850 years ago is being commemorated with a series of events, beginning with a weekend of activities in Carrig on Bannow on the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

Speaking at the New Ross Municipal District meeting, district manager Sinead Casey said: '2019 is the 850th anniversary of the Normans arrival in Ireland at Bannow. Wexford County Council are organising a series of events throughout the year in conjunction with the county librarian.'

Ms Casey said council officials have been working on a series of events for 2019, and 2020 when the Normans made their second landing in Baginbun. A programme of events is planned for New Ross, Wexford, Ferns and Enniscorthy also, the meeting heard. 'We are working closely with a local group in Bannow to organise public events in the area to commence the commemorations for the county. Among these are a sportive cycle, historical talks and demonstrations, music, concerts and landing re-enactments.'

Ms Casey said a full programme of events to take place across the county will be released shortly. She said Hook Tourism has applied for funding to run events marking the 850th anniversaries. 'I am working with them on other events at the lighthouse. Different sites will be commemorated.'

Cllr Martin Murphy called for the 50th anniversary of the unveiling of a plaque marking the 800th anniversary of the landing at Baginbun to be celebrated.

Cllr Murphy said the plaque was erected by Hook Tourism. 'What happens now. There is a massive gate erected. Will there be anything planned for the Baginbun area?'

Ms Casey said: 'There are no plans for Baginbun this year but that's not to say there won't be.'

District director Eamonn Hore said the 850th anniversary of the Baginbun landing is next year when it will be commemorated. He agreed with Cllr Murphy that it would be nice if plaques highlighting the area's rich history would be cleaned more often and Ms Casey said she will look into ensuring this happens.

Cllr Michael Whelan said Hook Tourism submitted an application to Fáilte Ireland for funding, which was unsuccessful.

Cathaoirleach Cllr John Fleming said the New Ross district should be the main area commemorating the Norman landings. Cllr Willie Fitzharris said Clonmines was the Normans real home.

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