Organised by Listowel Military Tattoo Group The May bank holiday weekend proved to be a great event last year. This year commemoration of Irish people who served in military forces will see a living history event held throughout the town, including scenes staged by professional war re-enactors. There will also be other family-friendly events including a vintage car run and display, a scale model and diorama show, and a farmers market and an agricultural machinery show in Market Street. On Sunday night we will have a 1940’s style dance with music by The Bombshell Belles, in their first visit to Ireland.
For good family fun and lots to see, make sure you come to Listowel over the May bank holiday weekend – you won’t be disappointed.
Programme of Events
Friday May 3rd
Meet and greet for participants at The Listowel Arms Hotel 7pm. Followed by a lecture at 8pm by Mark McShane author of “Neutral Shores” Ireland and the battle of the Atlantic. Venue The Seanchai Centre.
Saturday May 4th
Military exhibits and stalls in the Square from 12pm. 3pm Invasion and occupation by German forces in The Square. 4pm parade from Market Street to St John’s Arts Centre, The Square by members of The Irish Army and various Veteran Associations where a memorial plaque will be unveiled honouring Irish men & women who gave their lives in the line of duty. Wreath laying ceremony by Ambassadors from France and Belgium & Veteran Associations. Brief prayer service and Coast Guard helicopter flyover.
Irish Military Vehicle Group will have a display of vehicles in The Square. Living History display by American Civil War Re-enactors and also Roman Legionaires. Great photo opportunity for all the family,
Sunday May 5th
12pm to 5pm Farmers Market and Stalls, Living History display in The Square. Scale Model & Diorama Display in The Listowel Arms Hotel 12pm – 5pm. 3pm Liberation battle to free Listowel with over 50 re – enactors using blank rounds, smoke bombs and flash bombs. A loud afternoon in Listowel. 4pm Live music and Pig on The Spit in The Square. 9pm – 1am Hangar Dance in The Listowel Arms Hotel Music by The Bombshell Belles from the UK. This is a 1940’s themed dance with prizes for the best dressed lady, best dressed man, and couple. Vintage and Military clothing optional.
Monday May 6th.
From 11am. Military Living History Display in The Square. Agricultural Machinery (New and Vintage) display will take place in Market St. from 11am to 6pm. Vintage Car Rally, gathering in The Square at 11am and leave to tour the villages of North Kerry returning to the Square at 1pm approx. Cars will be on display till 6pm.
Children’s attractions will include Bouncing Castle, Slide, Zorb Ball in a pool. Pet Farm display, Face painting, and various stalls. BBQ and Music in the Square to finish off what we hope will be a great weekend of fun for all the family.