500 years ago Archduke Ferdinand of Habsburg arrived in Kinsale, Co. Cork, having been blown off course whilst sailing from Spain to the Low Countries. He and his party spent four days in June 1518 resting and resupplying in Ireland’s southernmost medieval town. The population provided a very hospitable welcome and even more so when they discovered that the Prince was on board. The chronicle of the voyage gives a colourful account of the royal party’s time in Ireland commenting on the dress, culture, and music of the people. Ferdinand succeeded his brother Charles V as Holy Roman Emperor in 1558.
At noon on Saturday 9th June we commemorate this event which connects us to the high politics of Europe. This will involve a short parade along the Pier Road from the Galleon Mast and a recreation of a meeting between the town councillors, townspeople, gallowglasses and the Archduke’s party as took place at the time, followed by complementary historical talks in the Temperance Hall during the afternoon.
Photo opportunities: 10:30am at St. Multose Church and 11am at Desmond Castle
12 noon: A pageant from the Galleon Mast, Pier Road to Market Quay to recreate encounters with townspeople, gallowglasses and poet.
2pm to 5pm: Talks at Temperance Hall (see poster and website below for details.)
For more on this event, see Kinsale.ie here.
For more on Ireland and 1518, see the website here.