Midsummer Fair and Street Feast at Shankill Castle

a COUNTRY fair complete with old-fashioned croquet and boules will take place in the beautiful grounds of Shankill Castle in Paulstown on Father’s Day (June 17).

a COUNTRY fair complete with old-fashioned croquet and boules will take place in the beautiful grounds of Shankill Castle in Paulstown on Father’s Day (June 17).

The event promises to be a fun day-out for all the family – there will be a Street Feast where you can bring your own picnic or try some of the artisan food from the food stalls. There will also be a craft market with some of the best locally made crafts and a herd of donkeys on the ground of the castle. Visitors can also take the opportunity to avail of a guided tour of the castle or even go on a barefoot walk in the woodland. There will also be arty workshops for all ages to participate in and a bouncy castle to add to the carnival atmosphere.

Among the highlights will be the Charity Welly-Throwing Competition for the coveted title of ‘Welly-Throwing Dad of the Year’. Last year’s winner hit the end wall, so the distance is going to be extended this year to see if the Shankill Castle welly throwing record can be beaten!

A host of colourful characters from Shankill Castle’s past will be on hand with stories and legends of its rich history. Shankill Castle dates from Norman times and features beautifully landscaped grounds and extensive woodlands. Distinctive features include a magical moated garden, a fully-restored ornamental canal, spectacular specimen trees and a working Victorian walled garden. There are also the spooky ruins of an early Christian Church and graveyard which gave the castle its name.

The Midsummer Fair runs from noon to 6pm. Entry to the Fair is free for children under 12. Adult admission is just €5 and those who come with a picnic for the street feast get €3 entry before 1pm. Car-parking is also available on site.