As Limerick’s hurlers prepare to do battle with neighbours Clare in Sunday’s All-Ireland Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, the County Limerick town of Kilmallock recreated its own battle scene as part of Kilmallock’s Walled Town Day.
Hundreds of people stepped back in time on Saturday August 17th.for the annual event and experienced a glimpse of life in medieval Ireland.
Medieval battle recreations and the public opening of King’s Castle and Blossom Gate were amongst the highlights of Kilmallock’s Walled Town Day, celebrating one of Ireland’s most intact Walled Towns.
Renactors will bring the town’s medieval heritage to life during the festival, which is being organised by the Walled Towns Committee of Kilmallock Tourism Development Ltd and funded by the Irish Walled Towns Network, Ballyhoura LEADER and Limerick County Council.
Other events featured during the recreation and celebration of 12th to 16th-century Kilmallock included a guided walk, medieval themed music by harpist Brenda Malloy and the Buttevant Singers, arts and crafts demonstrations and displays, a tug of war competition, a treasure hunt, a themed parade, and children’s activities.
Kilmallock was once regarded as one of the most strategically important towns in Ireland due to its medieval wall defences, castles, gatehouses and magnificent churches. The town walls, 70% of which remain standing today, have contributed greatly to Kilmallock’s direct involvement in almost every Irish conflict since medieval times. The fortress town was burned during the Desmond Rebellion and the local Dominican Priory was attacked and destroyed during the Irish Confederate Wars.
Since the commencement of the Kilmallock Town Walls Conservation & Management Plan and Kilmallock Walled Town Public Realm Plan in 2009, Limerick County Council has restored 285 metres of Kilmallock’s medieval walls.
Sarah McCutcheon, Executive Archaeologist, Limerick County Council commented: “The Kilmallock Walled Town Day is one of a number of initiatives being developed to promote the town and its rich heritage, which is unique in County Limerick for its range of standing medieval monuments. We are seeking to further enhance the visitor offering with particular emphasis on Kilmallock’s Walled Town status. Hundreds of people attended last year’s festival and we look forward to introducing many hundreds more to what is now regarded as one of Ireland’s most historically important towns.”