FERNS NORMAN TRAIL
For people taking the Ireland’s Ancient East journey, a trip to Ferns is worth taking. It’s rich medieval heritage played a significant role in shaping Ireland as it is today. It was from Ferns that Diarmuid MacMurrough, King of Leinster, set off to seek help in retaining power, resulting in the arrival of the Normans in 1169, thus changing the course of Irish history. In Ferns you can walk in the footsteps of medieval and Christian history, with archaeological remains testament to its title of ‘Ancient Capital of Leinster'.
Check out the recently installed 'helmet' installations designed and produced by Mirador - there are five in all and each focuses on a different aspect of Ferns' history. As visitors lift the hinged helmet, a bronze sculpture by artist Toma McCullum is revealed. Each sculpture illustrates a story told through the adjacent graphic panel.