High Summer is here and Fethard is looking well. The word is spreading about this unique place ; a genuine walled town from the 1200’s set in the wonderful rich farmland of south Tipperary. The Town Hall/Tholsel building – built as an Alms House in the very early 1600’s – has been restored to much of its former glory in the past year and now awaits a ‘new life’ .The Children’s playground is a great addition to the amenities of the town , especially for visitors with younger children. See you soon.
Sunday , February 8th sees the 20th annual Tipperariana Book Fair being held in Fethard Ballroom from 2pm to 6pm. The fair was a success from day one in 1996 and it is now the biggest one day book fair in the country. Entrance fee is only €2 , there is an in-house Café and a Piano Player serenades the crowds from his perch on the stage of the Ballroom of Romance. The Fair is organised by the Fethard Historical Society and all our committee will be busy for the next few weeks ensuring that all is in place for the big day.
Friday August 29 is Heritage Day in Fethard, all part of the national Heritage Week which is organised and promoted every year by the Heritage Council.
I will be conducting two Guided Walks, at 11am and again at 2pm on that day. Tours last one and a half hours , and do bring an umbrella , if possible, if the weather is showery.
Meet at the footbridge in The Valley Park and the cost is €5 per adult and all children go free. No need to book , just turn up.
Friday 29th is a very good day to visit Fethard as old Holy Trinity Church is open all day ( normally it is closed to casual visitors) and the Transition Year Students Grave Slab ‘rubbings’ Project is still mounted on the walls of the church ,which makes for an impressive display.
If further information is required , then do email email@example.com or phone 086 390 53 73.
Last weekend , June 20 -22,saw 4,000 people , especially children, come to Fethard for a great day’s fun, activity and education.. Of course the weather was magical and when the sun shines people come out to play. As part of the Festival, I brought around forty people on a free guided tour of the Medieval Trail on Saturday ( at 11 am and again at 2 pm) and Fethard was looking wonderful.( While walking on the River Walk we came across a dead ‘Great White Toothed Shrew’ , a NEW animal in Ireland with the past few years, Check him out.)
The Festival was great , but it does take a lot of time and effort from the small organising team of us (from the Fethard Historical Society) who put the show together. So , for that reason, it is great that it is now over and that all went so well. see www.fethard.com for the photos that will go up this weekend.
Yes , the years keep rolling around, this is the eight Medieval Festival.
Backs to the Wall Tours will be giving FREE Guided Tours of the Medieval Town on Saturday as part of the Festival ,,,at 11am and 2pm , taking off from the Foot-bridge in the Valley Park.
Tours will last one and a half hours ,the weather is going to be lovely, so all will be well with the world. All welcome.
The full programme for the Festival is on FETHARDFESTIVAL.COM and a special note should be made of the NUADA concert on Saturday Night at 8pm ( only €10 as it is subsidised by the Heritage Council) and the Medieval Parade (2pm) and Carnival Village along by the Town Wall on the Sunday.
The good news is , that of last Friday ,16th May , the Model of the Medieval Town is back in-situ in the gallery of Old Holy Trinity Church, having been on a six month holiday in the County Museum in Clonmel.
The Transition Year students of the local PP Secondary School are carrying out a major project of the ‘rubbing and reading’ of the Grave Slabs from the floor of old Holy Trinity Church under the guidance of their Art Teacher, Patricia Looby. . There are twelve ( approx) such Grave Slabs and the student’s work will be launched on the first night of the Medieval Festival , Friday 20th June , at 7pm, in the church.
The Medieval Festival runs from Friday 20th June to Sunday 22nd June and Backs to the Wall Tours will be conducting Guided Tours of the medieval town on Saturday 21st , at 11am, and again at 2pm.
Fethard Historical Society are now finalising plans for the 2014 Medieval Festival.
An ongoing Grave Slab ‘rubbing’ project by the Transition Year students of the secondary school ( with art teacher Patricia Looby) will be launched – probably on Friday evening June 20th – and this will add greatly to our knowledge of the Grave Slabs on the floor of Holy Trinity church (built c.1200 AD)
I will conduct two Guided Tours of the medieval town on Saturday 21st,,, at 11 am and again at 2pm. More precise details closer to the date.
Sat night there will be a concert of Medieval Music by Nuada in old Holy Trinity Church , which should be a special occasion. Then Sunday there will be all the fun of the fair from 1pm onwards , Medieval Parade at 2pm from the Tholsel to the Valley Park and Clashawley River.
The Heritage Council are again supporting some Walled Town festivities in Fethard in 2014 and these will culminate in a Walled Town Day celebration with a Medieval Festival on Sunday , 22nd June.
There will be many workshops , guided tours and exhibitions leading up to the 22nd, including a Concert , with medieval music group NUADA, in Holy Trinity Church of Ireland ( founded c. 1200AD) on the Saturday night , 21st. June
I will be conducting Guided Tours of the medieval town in the weeks and days leading up to Walled Town Day and these dates will be finalised soon.
The days are getting longer and brighter and its time to get out and about again.
Fethard awaits you and your group , so do get in touch to visit this hidden gem in the shadow of Slievenamon.
If your group would like to walk on to Slievenamon mountain , then that is also possible. We can go to the Holy Year Cross above Killusty ( an ‘easyish’ climb) or to the summit of Slievenamon from the Kilcash side ( a tougher climb), but either way, to climb the ‘holy mountain’ of Tipperary should be on everyone’s ‘to do’ wishlist.
I am , along with the other members of the Fethard Historical Society, busy organising the 19th annual Tipperariana Book Fair on Sunday 9th February (2pm to 6pm , €2 Entrance). The Fethard Book Fair has grown to be the biggest one day book fair in the country, with over thirty Antiquarian and Second-hand Book Dealers – from Armagh to Cork – selling their wares. There’s an in-house Café, with the best cakes this side of the Irish Sea , and a piano player soothes the throngs from his perch on the stage of Fethard’s Ballroom of Romance, an ideal location for such an event. see www.tipperariana.com