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Inch Abbey, County Down

Living History - County Down

 

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Saturday 14th

Sunday 15th

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COUNTY DOWN

 

 

 

Ballycopeland

Ballycopeland Windmill

 

1pm - 5pm

Meet the Miller: operating this piece of 18th century “high tech” engineering required skill and hard work – meet the man who did the “daily grind” for the farmers of the Ards peninsula, breadbasket of Co. Down.

Greencastle

Greencastle, Kilkeel

1pm – 5pm

 

Our 14th century Man-at-Arms guards a display of weapons, armour and warlike accoutrements to handle and try on. Feel the heft of a sword, the weight of iron maille, and the clang of a helmet visor as he guides you through the “harness” and garniture of the professional fighting man of the Middle Ages.

Inch Abbey

Inch Abbey, Downpatrick

 

1 pm – 5pm

Built and endowed by John de Courcey in atonement for earlier misdeeds, a 12th-13th century Cistercian Monk, Brother Thomas, walks the grounds of Inch Abbey and explains the simple piety of his day as a ‘Farmer Monk’.

NewtownardsPriory

Newtownards Priory

 

1 – 5pm

One of the few “Blackfriars” foundations in Ireland, a 16th century Dominican monk, Brother Graeme sets up his scriptorium in the beautiful carved portal and welcomes novices as they try their hand at writing with the goose quill pen.

Nendrum

Nendrum

1 – 5pm

 

Built and endowed by John de Courcey in atonement for earlier misdeeds, a 12th - 13th century Cistercian Monk, Brother Thomas, walks the grounds of Inch Abbey and explains the simple piety of his day as a ‘Farmer Monk’.C5/6th Early Celtic Christian Monk – St Mochai walks the site of his foundation and helps to explain how the monks harnessed the tide to grind their daily bread, and became some of the first entrepreneurial ‘businessmen’ by opening up their mill to farmers of the Ards peninsula, then as now, the grain basket of the area.

KilcliefCastle

Kilclief Castle

1 – 5pm

 

Our 15th century Medieval Man-at-Arms guards a display of weapons, armour and warlike accoutrements to handle and try on. Feel the heft of a sword, the weight of iron maille armour, and the clang of a helmet visor as he guides you through the “harness” and garniture of the professional fighting man of the Middle Ages.

Narrow Water Castle

Narrow Water Castle

 

1 – 5pm

Life in the 16th century wasn’t all wars and conflict; join some of the Knights and Ladies at their leisure with music, crafts and displays of weapons and armour to try on!

Dundrum Castle

Dundrum Castle

 

1 – 5pm

Norman Knights demonstrate their weapons and fighting techniques, while inviting you to try on their iron maille armour, feel the heft of their swords, and test a shield in a hands-on, interactive display.

Strangford Castle

Strangford Castle

1pm - 5pm

 

Our 16th century Man-at-Arms guards a display of weapons, armour and warlike accoutrement to handle and try on. Feel the heft of a sword, the weight of iron maille armour, and the clang of a helmet visor as he guides you through the ‘harness’ and garniture of the professional fighting man of the Middle Ages.

Other Living History Events

 

 

 

Hillsborough Fort

Hillsborough Fort

10am - 5pm

10am - 5pm

Artillery fort built in the early 17th century on the site of an earlier defended enclosure or rath of the period of the 6th-9th century.  From the early 18th century acted as a pleasure ground for the Hill family within their Great Park.

Hillsborough Fort Warders, a re-enactment group of the original Hillsborough Guard, will also be in attendance in the Fort in full uniform.

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