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Marianne Barkan-Cowdy, deputy head of mission at the French Embassy in Ireland, speaking at Baginbun on Sunday.

Marianne Barkan-Cowdy, deputy head of mission at the French Embassy in Ireland, speaking at Baginbun on Sunday.

pictured at the unveiling of the plaque at Baginbun were the Dunbrody Archers and the Enniscorthy Re-enactment group with Dáil Deputies Brendan Howlin and Verona Murphy and Cllr. Pat Barden.

pictured at the unveiling of the plaque at Baginbun were the Dunbrody Archers and the Enniscorthy Re-enactment group with Dáil Deputies Brendan Howlin and Verona Murphy and Cllr. Pat Barden.

Maggie Murphy and Paul Curtis testing out the medieval weapons at Baginbun.

Maggie Murphy and Paul Curtis testing out the medieval weapons at Baginbun.

Martin and Stephen Codd and Caoimhe Moran who performed a piece called ‘Alice’s Antics at the Baginbun festival.

Martin and Stephen Codd and Caoimhe Moran who performed a piece called ‘Alice’s Antics at the Baginbun festival.

Prof. Kevin Whelan who gave the keynote address at the fortifications in Baginbun.

Prof. Kevin Whelan who gave the keynote address at the fortifications in Baginbun.

Emily and Rosie Murphy.

Emily and Rosie Murphy.

Victorious Norman knights claim the headland of Baginbun.

Victorious Norman knights claim the headland of Baginbun.

Cllr. Michael Whelan getting medieval treatment in the stocks.

Cllr. Michael Whelan getting medieval treatment in the stocks.

Cllr. Pat Barden, Cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal Council getting a taste of medieval life at Baginbun.

Cllr. Pat Barden, Cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal Council getting a taste of medieval life at Baginbun.

David Neville and Niall Colfer.

David Neville and Niall Colfer.

Jackie Ryan and Eileen Cloney at the Battle of Baginbun.

Jackie Ryan and Eileen Cloney at the Battle of Baginbun.

Ian Kidd, David Dempsey, Catherine Power and Martin Moylan.

Ian Kidd, David Dempsey, Catherine Power and Martin Moylan.

A section of the crowd who attended the keynote speech by Prof. Kevin Whelan at Baginbun.

A section of the crowd who attended the keynote speech by Prof. Kevin Whelan at Baginbun.

Cllr. Pat Barden, cathaoirleach of New Ross Minicipal council, Verona Murphy, T.D., Marianne Barken-Cowdy, deputy head of mission at the French Embassy in Ireland.

Cllr. Pat Barden, cathaoirleach of New Ross Minicipal council, Verona Murphy, T.D., Marianne Barken-Cowdy, deputy head of mission at the French Embassy in Ireland.

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Marianne Barkan-Cowdy, deputy head of mission at the French Embassy in Ireland, speaking at Baginbun on Sunday.

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THE dramatic history of Baginbun, where the second wave of Normans landed in 1170, was told at a fascinating, fun-filled festival on Sunday.

The inaugural Baginbun Norman Festival saw a plaque unveiled at the monument and a crowd of around 200 entertained with talks, archery, a Norman invasion re-enactment and more on the cliffside, on a hazy day by the seaside.


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