On Sunday June 17th the grounds of Buttevant Castle will return to their medieval roots. For one day only, the second annual Buttevant Walled Towns Day will recreate the sights, smells and sounds of 13th century Ireland. Organised by the local community and sponsored by the Heritage Council through the Irish Walled Towns Network, this free day out promises to be a load of fun for all the family.
Throughout the day a country market will provide an array of local produce and medieval wares. At 12.30, re-enactors from Kilmallock Medieval Combat Society and Bran Dubh will emerge from their siege camp and engage in some very medieval combat. (Sadly no member of either reenactment group could be persuaded to lose a limb for the sake of historical accuracy!). There will also be an archer onsite giving demonstrations of how to use a authentic longbow. Elsewhere there will be craft demonstrations from a leatherworker, stone mason, thatcher, and blacksmith. Accompanying all the food and action will be medieval music, song and dance provided by the Medieval and Cahermee Singers.
For weary parents there will be plenty for children to do, including a treasure hunt, sports, skittles, and facepainting. Something that they will definitely enjoy (well, the boys at least!) is the opportunity to take part in a medieval battle at 2.45. A more sedate activity is the puppet show which will tell the story of the town’s past.
The day ends with the recreation of the final leg of the World’s first steeplechase and the ‘medieval Buttevant’s got talent show.’
For further details check out the website http://www.buttevant.ie/Walled-Town-Day-2012.html