Actors Edward Lynch and James Lenane of Lismore Dramatic Society, in costume ahead of 'Lismore through the Ages', a live pageant which celebrates the town's 25th anniversary as a Heritage Town on Saturday, May 14. (Photo Patrick Browne)

One of Ireland’s most historic towns is set to celebrate 25 years as a heritage town status with a live pageant and parade which brings to life the many icons from the area who have played a landmark role in scientific, religious, learning and economic life through the ages.

Lismore Heritage Centre is putting the finishing touches to 25 year celebrations which will take place this Saturday, May 14.

The day-long festivities will see the unveiling of a replica of The Lismore Crozier, which dates from 1100 AD and was made for the first Bishop of Lismore.

The unveiling will be followed by a pageant by the local dramatic society ‘Lismore through the Ages’. The live event will feature actors in character depicting Elizabethan explorer and scholar and one-time resident at Lismore Castle, Sir Walter Raleigh; the father of modern chemistry and Lismore native, Sir Robert Boyle and St Carthage, who founded a monastery in the town which became renowned throughout Europe as a place of learning.

The pageant will also include the many Dukes of Devonshire, the American connection and many other characters with close Lismore ties.

It starts out from the Heritage Centre to St. Cartage’s Well, …

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