Friday, 8th July 2016
“Young and old, visitors from far and near, new Meath residents and
Meath natives alike will all get a chance in August to see first hand
why Meath is called the Royal County, and why it is a key part of
Ireland’s Ancient East tourist offering” – that was the verdict of
local Minister and Meath East T.D. Helen McEntee when she officially
launched the Kells Medieval Fayre 2016, which takes place on the 20th
and 21st of August this year.
The Medieval Fayre, which also falls during National Heritage Week,
promises to bring people back to when the ancient walls of Kells still
stood, with battle re-enactments, live jousting, music, dance, a
falconry exhibition, a wolfhound exhibition, craft and trade
workshops, as well as an immersive marketplace and medieval food
marquee highlighting the best of local produce and craft beer. The
Fayre channels the historical events of The Battle of Kells, which
pitted Edward Bruce (of the famed Scottish family) against Roger
Mortimer, Lord of Meath, at the de Lacy Castle in Kells in 1315, with
the former emerging victorious during the burning of Kells.
As well as fun events, Minister McEntee praised that fact that the
Fayre will focus some of its programming to the educational aspects,
including the involvement of local schools and groups in the planning
of the festival, a lecture on the Bruce Invasion with Dr. Gavin Hughes
from the Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Trinity College
Dublin, a live re-creation of a 14th century Medieval House with
master craftsman Eoin Donnelly, who constructed a Viking Long House at
the National Botanical Gardens Dublin to commemorate the one
thousandth anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf and more.
Minister McEntee also noted that the Bruce connection will mean many
visitors from Scotland to the Fayre, as well as people from the other
communities on the “Bruce Trail” from Carrickfergus, Ballymena, Ardee,
Trim and many other places on the route.
Minister McEntee concluded by complimenting all invloved in putting
together the ambitious and novel programme of events, and urged people
at the launch to consult www.battleofkells.com and promote the Fayre
and Kells to their friends and relatives far and near as a destination
of choice this August.