Pictured at the launch of the Bandon Walled Town Festival were Mayor Gillian Coughlan with her son Ronan in period costume with Martina Lyne and children Minli and Andrea. Pic: Denis Boyle

BANDON is returning to its 17th century roots for the last weekend of August when the town hosts its inaugural Walled Town Festival.

Commencing on Saturday evening August 26th, the programme is filled with interesting events, with a Family Town Wall Walk, an archaeological workshop, a harp recital and an informative and fun 17th century “tavern trail”.

Sunday provides an array of attractions, from noon, traditional craftspeople such as stonemasons, blacksmiths, felters and weavers will demonstrate their skills.

In advance of a full battle re-enactment by professional troupe Bran Dubh at 2pm, children will be dressed in free costumes, complete with sword and shield. Throughout the day, archaeologists will give lectures on different aspects of the development of Bandon Town.

At 3.45pm, the inception of Local Government in Bandon will be commemorated with an historic re-imagining of the original meeting by Gaggin Dramatic Society. Chairperson of the Walled Town Committee, town mayor Gillian Coughlan paid tribute to her colleagues on the town council and in particular to the dedicated committee comprising of John Desmond, Maria McLoughlin, Sheila Ronan, Pamela Hickey, Betty Smith, Catherine Fitzmaurice and John Hurley.

“There is a strong interest in history in the area and I am delighted, as Mayor, to have brought this aim, of holding a heritage festival in Bandon, to fruition,” she said.

The programme is available in local businesses and on Facebook HERE.