The Festival of Ferns Parade kicks off at 12pm and will tell the story of the legend of St. Aidan and St. David, forming a visual spectacle representing the journeys that took place between Ireland and Wales.

Artist Caoimhe Dunn of Dunn Create is working with the local community and schools to create props and costumes for the parade.

Workshops open to the local community, adults and young people are taking place in the Ferns Community Centre on Sun 21st, Wed 24th, Thurs 25th, Sat 27th  & Sun 28th of May. Get in touch with Caoimhe on 087 7549454 or email

A Giant Sea Monster will represent the crossing by St. Aidan to Wales with local schools working together to create the sea monsters body.

A giant beehive and a swarm of bees will represent St. Aidan departing Wales with David’s blessings and the founding of the monastery in Ferns by St. Aidan with the Fearna Men’s Shed and Ferns Community Arts group working on these since the start of May.

The Horsemen of Éire will also accompany the parade on horseback and dressed in medieval costumes, setting the tone for the festivities to follow in the castle. Leading the parade will be the Bloco Garman drummers, certain to amplify the medieval atmosphere.

The Festival of Ferns Parade will lead spectators to Ferns Castle for a magnificent, medieval jousting display from the Horsemen of Éire. The Castle ‘jousting grounds’ will also play host to an afternoon of lots of family fun entertainment.

This parade is being organised by Lantern Events and Artist Caoimhe Dunn as part of Ancient Connections