Against the magnificent and highly appropriate backdrop of Cahir Castle, local residents and visitors were entertained by an equally magnificent display of fine horsemanship, jousting, falconry and archery. A variety of stalls in a mediaeval setting, close to the castle, added to the atmosphere of the weekend.
The 'performers' had arrived in Cahir from the set of a new Stephen Spielberg film and acted out the exploits of knights, including a lady knight, at a jousting competition.
The photographs below will give some idea of the spectacle and the the fun.
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The tournament is eventually won by the Golden Knight but the Black Knight protests, runs down the Golden Knight with his horse and ties him to the swivelling target. As he is about to kill the Knight the Lady attacks him, sees him off and cuts the Golden Knight free. The Black Knight returns and is defeated by the Golden Knight.
After the jousting there was an excellent display of falconry with some beautiful birds. It was also interesting to see one of the Falcons getting mobbed by Swallows to protect their young. What brave little birds these must be to go up against a bird so much bigger than they are.
At full gallop the Knights skilfully knocked various targets off poles in the first stages of the tournament —but the Black Knight cheated by just strolling along and tapping them off. Boo, hissss!!!
Following the acrobatics the knight-on-knight jousting began in ernest.
Left - the Tipperary Knight and the Lady Knight exchange pleasantries before their joust.
Below - The Lady scores a direct hit, where it hurts most, and the Tipp Knight leaves the field with watery eyes. Did the chivalrous Tipp Knight throw the fight? We will never know.