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Festival Cluain Meala – August 2016


Programme for Festival Cluain Meala 2016


Tuesday 2nd  – Friday 5th August

Summer Camp

at Tipperary County Museum

6-9 yrs from 9.30am – 12.30pm

10 -13 yrs from 2pm – 5pm

Booking is essential

Admission €60

Contact / 0761 065254



Friday 5th August 2016

Medieval Inn Trail

Costumed tour of local Inns with Medieval entertainment around the town

Register your interest at

Tipperary County Museum

Admission €10

Costumes €20 deposit  -refundable on return of costume or you make your own



Sunday Family Fun Day 7th August 2016

Pop Up Medieval village, The Big Dig and street entertainers Bui Bolg performing The Joust in Denis Burke Park from 12 noon to 6pm

Explore the sights, sounds and smells of medieval life, try your hand at some of the entertainments and talk to costumed characters from medieval times.

Admission free



Heritage Week 2016


Bus Tour ‘Walled Towns of Tipperary’

Date: Monday 22nd August

Time: Depart Old St Mary’s Church, Clonmel at 9.30am and travel to Carrick on Suir, Fethard and Cashel with guide Michael Moylan of Irish History Live who will illustrate what life was like in a medieval walled town and give an account of important stories in the history of each town. Lunch is included.

Admission is Free but pre booking is essential – children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact or 07 61 06 5254 for further information or to book your seat.




Talk ‘Prostitution in Medieval Ireland’

by Finbar Dwyer

Date: Wednesday 24th August

Time: 7.30pm Main Guard

Admission Free – contact Julia on or 07 61 06 5254 to book your seat


Finbar Dwyer is an Irish historian. His acclaimed first book ‘Witches, Spies and Stockholm Syndrome, Life in Medieval Ireland’ was published in 2013. His most recent title ‘1348: A Medieval Apocalypse – The Black Death in Ireland’ was released in the summer of 2013. Dwyer is also the creator of the Irish History Podcast ( As of the summer of 2016 the podcast has had 1.5 million downloads. He has worked on projects for Ireland’s state broadcaster RTE and BBC.


This talk is based on the story Cristiana la Sadelhackere, a woman who worked as a prostitute in medieval Ireland. Her story is an intriguing account of a precarious life on the fringes of medieval society struggling against the authorities of the day. It also takes a fascinating look at why women became prostitutes in medieval Ireland and how wider society viewed them.


Film Screening ‘A Knight’s Tale’

Date: Friday 26th August

Time: 6pm, Clonmel IMC Cinema

Admission €15 for cinema and post film drinks reception

Booking is essential, contact Julia on or 07 61 06 5254

Watch this classic film (2001)starring Heath Ledger as Peasant-born William Thatcher on a quest to change his stars, win the heart of a fair maiden (Shanynn Sossamon) and rock his medieval world. With the help of friends (Mark Addy, Paul Bettany, Alan Tudyk), he faces the ultimate test of medieval gallantry — tournament jousting — and tries to discover if he has the mettle to become a legend.

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