With less than two weeks to go until we open our doors for the Living History Festival, in association with the Living History Club, we thought we’d update you on a few of the events that will be going on over the course of the two days.
Join us on May 2nd and 3rd for a spectacular weekend where history will come to life – watch 2000 years of history come alive before your eyes. Witness all this and more:
- Battle reenactments – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday
- Blank fire demonstrations – at regular intervals throughout the weekend
- WWII Vehicles – see how soldiers were transported
- Materials of War – including artillery pieces, mortars, rifles and machine guns
- Medieval Archery – Dave Hodson will be demonstrating the art of archery
- Modern rocketry – build and launch your own rocket (extra costs will be incurred – please enquire for more information)
- Amateur radio demonstrations – morse code and communication with a worldwide audience
- Face-painting – guaranteed to put a smile on your face (unless you to paint a frown!)
- More activities and events TBC
We will be covering a vast range of time periods, so there’s sure to be something that takes your interest over the two days.
- Romans – Come and meet the soldiers that conquered the known world
- Vikings at Large – Meet these raiders from the North-lands, up close and personal
- Waterloo – Meet the Famous Irish Soldiers of Wellington and the Imperial Guard of Emperor Napoleon
- American Civil War – See the uniforms and materials from the war that shaped US and Irish involvement
- Irish War of Independence & 1916 – Learn about this great country’s fight for freedom
- WWI – Witness what life was like in the trenches, up close and personal
- WWII – See how life was on the frontline. See the war through the eyes of the young men and women living through it
As if that wasn’t enough, we also have a series of talks given by historian Con O’Sullivan, as well as educational and interactive activities from members of The Military History Club some of which include:
- Learn how to March like a WW2 American GI. – 12 noon and 2 pm each day.
- “The War of the White Death” – talk on Finland’s War.
- Waterloo 200 yrs on – why Napoleon Won.
- The Fighting French of WW2.
- French Resistance and SOE, Behind Enemy Lines.
- Infantry Weapons of The WW2 Soldier
- “Point Du Hoc – Rangers Lead the Way” – A talk on the amazing Ranger Raid on D-day.
Admission is just €10 for adults and €5 for kids. It’s €25 for a family (2 adults, 2 kids).
For directions and maps, click here.