Historic festivals

Timahoe Heritage Festival - The Viking Festival

Date
Jun 01 2019 - Jun 02 2019
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Timahoe, Laois,

Timahoe Heritage Festival is all about sharing the story of a village in County Laois that is steeped in centuries of history. On June 1st & 2nd the festival will remember the 1100th anniversary of the Viking raid on Timahoe in 919.

The festival is all about sharing the story of a village steeped in centuries of history, from monks, monasteries and Vikings, to the Famine and the War of Independence.

In the year 919, Viking raiders, left Vicarstown and marched on Timahoe, destroying the monastic settlement there. This monastery had been established by St. Mochua, after he had left Connacht, and travelled to Timahoe. The ruined monastery (Teach Mochua), was once one of the best known in the country, and still possesses one of the finest round towers in Ireland, which bears an elaborately carved Romanesque doorway.

In 2019, 1100 years after the Viking raid, Timahoe Heritage Festival will remember the occasion, and mark it on June 1st & 2nd. It will remember not just the Vikings, but the monks of Timahoe, and the ordinary people who lived through such turbulent times.

On Saturday there will be a 10 mile road race, The March of the Vikings, at 10.30am, from Vicarstown to Timahoe. There will also be a 5km route in the environs of Timahoe.

There will be a chance to enjoy the skills of archaeology from 12 noon in the surrounds of the round tower, along with an opportunity to see coin making, displays of Viking weaponry and a chance to learn about, and sample, medieval cooking. Eddie Lenihan will also host a story telling session.

Sunday’s events start at 14:00, combining an old styled fun family day out with a continuation of Saturday’s events. There is a copmpetitive fancy dress competition with a them of Vikings, Monks & Medieval. The infamous Viking raid on Timahoe Monastery will also be re-enacted.