Source : Athenry A.D.C. Publications Athenry Journal Vol. 2 No 2 (1996)
By Teresa Ruane
The most spectacular, action packed Athenry Medieval Festival to date will run from August 15th (Lady Day) to Sunday 18th of August.
The bands in the Square every night will include the one and only Paddy Cole, The Chart Busting Big Generator, the fantastic Kilfenora Ceili Band and the fabulous sounds of Stocktons Wing.
Major events will be the Medieval Fayre (including the National Sheaf Throwing Championship and a wonderful display of Archery by the-Longbow Association of Ulster), Open Air Drama, Old Tyme Hurimg_84 players – and no rules), Workshops by-Terry Willers (the Irish Times Cartoonist), a Car Treasure Hunt.
The most spectacular stupendous Medieval Pageant ever seen in Athenry will include a Wedding Feast, featuring music by Les Minestrals (our local musicians) Jousting, and The.Battle, all followed by a marvellous Fireworks display on Sunday night the 18th of August.
Children of all ages will revel in the two day Children’s Festival which includes a Teddy Bears Picnic, Bobo the Clown, the Bouncing Castle, Sports Day (including obstacle races and a Tug-of-War, a Magician’s Show for an hour in the Town Hall. Pavement Art. a Pet Show with pony rides and also Face Painting. There will also be a Children’s Drama in the Town Hall, a fabulous Fancy Dress Competition (courtesy of the ICA and Martin Burke) and a monster Table Quiz.
Indeed such is the pressure of events that the Festival Committee have decided to run some fringe events on Wednesday the 14th of August. A display of Art and a Photographic Exhibition will both open that day and by popular demand The Steam Guzzlers will play in the Square on the night.
Events in the Castle
We are thrilled to announce two events in the Castle by kind permission of National Monuments. On August 9th The Bells of Mayo will perform an exciting-programme of campanology and song and on 14th August, we have a poetry and music evening sponsored by Galway Arts Council.
In the lead up to the Festival a number of workshops will take place. Athenry Medieval Festival takes a great deal of pride in the number of local adults and children who take part in the Festival. Workshops will include gymnastics, mask making, street theatre, may pole dancing and there will be a weapon workshop running for a month before the festival.
This year’s gigantic pageant will need larger armies and we are appealing to all men, boys over 14 and ladies to take part in the battle and come to rehearsals. We also need stewards, security people and lots of help.
Turas Medieval Drummers
A wonderful video edited by Sean Purcell of Turas Medieval Drummers will be shown in a number of venues in Athenry
We hope that all previous Norman and Irish fighters will inspire their friends and neighbours to take part in this year’s gala event!