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

AS the town of Bandon gets ready to celebrate its medieval heritage this weekend with its first ever Walled Town Festival, ongoing works on the town’s new sewerage scheme have uncovered a section of the original walls.


Archaeologists say the section of wall is part of the town’s original 16th century fortifications and they hope to be able to show the find to people attending this weekend’s festival pending approval from the Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht.



Commencing on Saturday evening August 26th, the festival 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 said, “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”.



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