Lismore, Co Waterford is planning to mark the occasion next Saturday with a series of events, which will include a pageant and parade.
The day-long festivities commence around lunchtime and will lead to the unveiling of a replica of The Lismore Crozier, which dates from 1100 AD. It had been made for the first Bishop of Lismore.
The unveiling will be followed by a pageant by the local Dramatic Society ‘Lismore through the Ages’ which will feature actors in character. They will depict Elizabethan explorer and scholar, and one-time resident at Lismore Castle, Walter Raleigh, along with the father of modern chemistry, Lismore native Richard Boyle, and St Carthage, who founded a monastery in the town, which became renowned throughout Europe as a place of learning.
The pageant will also depict the many dukes of Devonshire, the American connection, and many others with close Lismore ties.
It will start out from the Heritage Centre, moving to St Carthage’s Well, leading up Deanery Hill along the Mall, down Main St to the Millennium Park. Family entertainment follows in the park.
Lismore Heritage Centre’s Mealla Fahey says towns such as this have really benefitted under the Heritage Status initiative, adding that being crowned Ireland’s Best Small Tourist Town by Fáilte Ireland shows how the drive has gathered momentum over the years.
“Heritage Town status is much more than a badge of honour or a marketing initiative. Lismore has really bought into the drive and has flourished under the programme over the past quarter of a century. We were recently selected as a pilot area for the Adopt a Monument scheme, which is run by the Heritage Council,” she said.
“The Fáilte Ireland Ancient East initiative will focus global attention on this region and we plan to be at the forefront of any and all activity.”
The town is rowing in behind the celebrations which also involve Lismore Scór winners 2016 and Blackwater Community School choir.