Irish Walled Towns

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The Viking raiders of the ninth century and the Anglo-Norman invaders of the twelfth built defensive strongholds that over the centuries came to enrich the fabric of Irish life.

Youghal Walled Towns Day

Youghal Walled Towns Day is a free, family-fun event which takes place in St. Marys Medieval Gardens in August of each year. Highlights of the festival include battle siege re-enactments, walking tours, workshops, food and craft fairs, fencing displays and various educational activities for all ages.

Since the first Walled Towns Day in 2005, the event has gone from strenth to strength, to become the largest, free, medieval festival in the country. Primarily funded by the IWTN, over 6,500 people attended the event in 2012. In 2008, KPMG found that Youghal Walled Towns Day was worth almost €480,000 to the local economy. Great credit is due to all the volunteers who make the event happen each year and to Youghal Town Council who have given the festival significant support over the years.

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This project is grant-aided under the Irish Walled Towns Network Events Scheme.