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Youghal Medieval Festival Celebrates its Medieval Past

Biggest Ever Festival Programme…

By Youghal Tourism Monday AT 12:45PM

Biggest Ever Festival Programme…Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August 2017

 Celebrating National Heritage Week, Youghal Medieval Festival will bring together over 150 performers, entertainers, musicians, historians, re-enactors and over 40 events spanning 2 days and evenings on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August 2017.  For a full list of Youghal Medieval Festival Events click  2017 Programme of Events

From medieval gardens and churches, to town walls, the town of Youghal will reverberate with a stunning programme of exciting medieval battles, intriguing walks and inspiring talks, traditional kids’ entertainment as well as mesmerising music over the course of the weekend. Now in its 11th year, the newly revamped festival programme will see over 10,000 visitors descend on the East Cork town of Youghal. The two day event is funded by The Irish Walled Towns Network (The Heritage Council of Ireland) and Cork County Council. Youghal is a founding member of The Irish Walled Towns Network. Speaking today, Liam Mannix, Project Co-Ordinator of The Irish Walled Towns Network said: “Not only is the festival great fun for all the family, it is also a fantastic way for the kids to learn about medieval Ireland. The festival is consistently one of the best we support in terms of quality and numbers of attendees”.

Highlights of the 2 day event include The White Horse Vikings setting up a virtual ‘Medieval Village’ in St. Mary’s College Gardens, and immersing themselves in the medieval way of life. This year the group will bring over 30 ‘warriors’ who will take to battle at 12pm and 3pm in the gardens on the Saturday and Sunday. Saturday will see a range of events taking place in St. Mary’s Collegiate Church including a keynote presentation by Daniel Noonan Archaeologist on some of the most spectacular finds in the Church following recent essential conservation works. Saturday evening will also see a first for the festival with a free gala concert in St. Mary’s (6-8pm) with acclaimed soloist Caroline Fraher and St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh Choir.  Sunday will see the traditional ‘family fun’ day return but with even more in the way of events and performances.

Helen Mulcahy, Senior Staff Officer of Cork County Council’s East Cork Municipal District gave her reaction to the festival programme: “Cork County Council is thrilled to partner once again with The Irish Walled Towns Network in the delivery of this annual event. This year’s event is definitely creating a lot of anticipation and buzz in the lead up to the event.  With our extended two day programme we certainly expect Youghal Medieval Festival will produce an economic spin-off to the local economy” said Helen.


Issued by: Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group Ltd
Contact: Aileen Murray, E: [email protected]  
Tel: 024-81814

Contact Information

St Mary's Collegiate Church - Youghal, Co. Cork.

St. Mary’s Collegiate Church

Emmet Place, Youghal, Co. Cork.

Opening Hours
Church Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 9:30am to 5pm
Service Sunday 11:30am ( No tours during Service.)
Audio Tours (Duration 30 mins)
No booking necessary, ask at reception or may be booked by phone or online.
Monday – Saturday: 10am to 4pm (last audio tour)
Sunday 1pm – 4pm (last audio tour)
Guided Tours (40-50 mins)
Booking necessary (at least 24 hours in advance), may be booked by phone, email or online.
Monday – Saturday: 10am to 3pm (last guided tour)

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