Sigginstown Castle

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We are looking forward to our Heritage Week events for 2018!


This year we are doing some the same and some a little different.  See all our events here


Thanks to our local neighbor Richard Sr. for letting us use his adjacent field for parking!

Come and visit Wexford Walled Town Day on Saturday August 18th, 1-4 p.m!

Sunday, August 19th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Help us build an outdoor clay oven - bigger and better after the March storm!


This is in conjunction with EBUKI, and a preliminary event to Clayfest which will be held at the Irish National Heritage Park September 24-29.  (Come play in the mud with us!)


Bring a story about clay or cooking to share. While we are building the ovens we will also cook over fire and play with a variety of recipes. We will be outside, under cover if needed. Bring your lunch. There is an optional tour of the Castle at 4 p.m. 


Primitive site, and you will need to sign a short safety waiver. These are participation events - help or watch; stay as little or long as you want.



AT THE IRISH NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK (NOT AT THE CASTLE!)

emonstration of hearth cooking using dutch ovens and other period techniques. We are not allowed to have people taste the food, so if you want to do that, come to our event at the castle on the day before (Sunday)


We are on the move! We will be at the Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford from 11- 4 pm to demonstrate various recipes pre 1700. There will be lots of other activities going on at the park, so please come visit! Check out the other events that day at the park!



Wednesday, August 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Families & Flags, History & Heraldry Tour


We welcome all Siggins, Jacobs, Wilsons and visitors to learn about Sigginstown Castle in the context of history and heraldry! This year we have been researching the various families so we could create flags and banners to fly. This tour from 6-8 pm will go through the three buildings as related to the families that built them, discuss the archeology of the site, and explain both the family heraldry and how we merged them into a standard for the castle.

All visitors will be asked to sign a short safety waiver to enter. Ground is relatively flat. Wear sensible shoes/boots.

https://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/history-heraldry-families-flags

Friday, August 24th from 1 to 6:30 p.m.

Time Warp! Recreate a short mumming play as it might have been in 1510 at the castle. We will make masks, rough costumes, and modify the script from a later version. Performance at 6 pm before music!

Mumming plays were common in the middle ages across Europe, and many scripts with the same characters and themes exist. The play is short (10-15 min). We will change later characters and lines from a Wexford 1823 version (https://folkplay.info/resources/texts-and-contexts/ballybrennan-wexford-play-about-1823) back to ones that might have existed in 1510, with rough masks and costumes. Little memorization needed - ham acting and bravado welcome! 

Tour at 5 p.m, mumming performance at 6 p.m, then our music session event. You will be asked to sign a short safety waiver. (Tent provided in case of rain)

Friday August 24th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

We are hosting an open outside mumming play & music session with a bit of a time warp. and it is also free reign for any song, story or tune!

We will do a Castle tour at 5 p.m. (with the mumming group) Our short recreated mumming play (conceptually circa 1510) will go on at 6 p.m. (see the other event). Please come be an audience for the play!

After our play we will start music. This will be the first time we try out more Carolan tunes (17-18th century) with music books available to share if needed. Bring any Carolan tunes along with other era stories, poems, tunes or other songs! (It is not only O'Carolan, and does not have to be only Irish!) We will have a campfire, and a tent is provided in case of rain.
Grounds are relatively flat but care should be taken, and you will be asked to sign a short safety waiver. Bring your chair if possible.

See last year's events to get an idea....