On Sunday, 31st July 2022, the Youghal Medieval Festival took place in the College Gardens next to St Mary’s Collegiate Church. Canon Andrew Orr, Rector of Youghal Union writes:
Youghal is one of Ireland’s oldest towns, with a rich heritage including much of the town walls still intact. The Medieval Festival has been part of Youghal’s summer festivities for over ten years. Taking place in the College Gardens, there were displays of archery, falconry and sword fighting, as well as opportunities to make and purchase a whole range of medieval themed objects.
As the festival took place next door to St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, we had many visitors there too, who come in their droves for guided tours and to escape the heat! Organist Kevin O’Connell played for the tourists, and the energetic parishioners provided a wonderful spread of teas and baked goods which were greatly appreciated. Donations on the day came to almost €600 in aid of parish funds and local charities.