There were record attendances in East Cork on Sunday for the return of the Youghal Medieval Festival.

The free family fun day at St Mary’s College Gardens was one of the first events to take place as part of Cork County Council’s pilot Green Festival Programme which aims to reduce waste and promote sustainability.

Youghal Medieval Festival was also supported by the Council’s Local Festival Fund 2022.

The green initiatives funded by Cork County Council included a mobile hydration station providing free drinking water; waste and recycling signs at each waste station; and in person support from council staff.

Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley, Deputising for the Mayor of the County of Cork at the event said:

It was wonderful to see the return of the Youghal Medieval Festival after a two-year hiatus. It was a fantastic day with thousands of people in attendance. This year there was a real effort to be more environmentally-friendly thanks to Cork County Council’s pilot Green Festival Programme.

The mobile hydration station was a welcome addition on such a warm day and reduced the need for single-use plastic water bottles. We’re great a recycling but reducing waste in the first place is even more important.

I’m looking forward to seeing the sustainable initiatives replicated at even more festivals and events in County Cork.

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