2019 Festival Schedule
Wednesday May 1st
Gathering of 100 Redmonds on Baginbun Head to commemorate the landing of Raymonds ships "La Bague"and "La Bonne" and the great battle where "Ireland was lost and won"
The force of 100 was represented by 10 Knights, 70 Archers and 20 aides and women including the feared "Alice of Abergavenny" who executed the 70 prisoners.
An account of the battle will be read and a pipers lament will be played for all who lost their lives in the battle especially the large numbers from Waterford.
Thursday May 2nd
Redmonds honoured at The Bishops Palace Waterford in memory of John Redmond who was a great public representative for the area and the leader of the Home Rule Party.
Friday May 3rd
Bus Tour of key sites within Ireland’s Ancient East which are directly linked to Raymonds and The Norman exploits in Ireland throughout Waterford, Kilkenny and Wexford.
Saturday May 4th
Gathering of the Clan at Loftus Hall
Announcement of family Heads and confirmation of Ancestry.
(DNA tests to be ordered and completed prior to visit, we are arranging a facility to streamline this with LivingDNA and offer discount to the Redmonds)
Banquet in Honour of Raymond with "Ceol agus craic" and the lighting of the Bealtaine bonfires.
Sunday May 5th
2pm Official Opening of the Festival at Loftus Hall
3pm "The Cleansing of the Cows" An ancient custom with Fire and Beast with tribute to "Aine"
4pm Craft Workshop
5pm Storytelling of Battles fought locally tribute to "Babd Catha"
6pm Dance tribute to "Manannán"
Monday May 6th
1pm Craft Fair opens
2pm Dressing the May bush Workshop, all floral tributes appreciated
3pm Fire & Hammer, Traditional Forge methods displayed by Finin the Blacksmith. Tribute to "Goibniu"
5pm May Queen winner announced and presented to "Ériu"
6pm Musical Tribute to "Lugh"
7pm Presentation of the Family Tree and the ceremony of peace and family when Strongbow's sword is put to rest.