Calling Them Home: The Pards at Charles Fort, Co. Cork

Although American Civil War reenactors are a common sight in the United States, such groups are extremely thin on the ground in Ireland. However, one organisation is notable for their regular appearances in the blue and gray around the country, helping to educate the public about the Irish contribution to the conflict. Known as ‘The Pards’, their main event takes place in Kinsale, Co. Cork each year, when they invite different groups to join them for a weekend entitled ‘Calling Them Home’. The event takes place at historic Charles Fort, which sits on the site of Rincurran Castle, a fortification occupied by the Spanish during the 1601 siege of Kinsale. Charles Fort itself was besieged in 1690 by John Churchill, better known as the Duke of Marlborough. A glorious weekend in August saw high numbers visit the OPW site at the Fort to enjoy the show, and I went along to see The Pards in action.

Pards encampment at Charles Fort, replete with information boards to inform the public about Irish involvement in the Civil War

The Pards encampment at Charles Fort, replete with information boards to inform the public about Irish involvement in the Civil War

The Pards 'Calling Them Home' banner, with American Civil War equipment

The Pards 'Calling Them Home' banner, with American Civil War equipment

Yankees and Rebs unite to help wounded comrade, part of a demonstration to the gathered crowd concerning Civil War battlefield medicine

Yankees and Rebs unite to help a wounded comrade, part of a demonstration for the gathered crowd concerning Civil War battlefield medicine

Bloody bandages and medical equipment in action

Bloody bandages and medical equipment in action

Some of the Pards Roman and Medieval colleagues combine to put on a multi-period demonstration for the public

Some of The Pards Roman and Medieval colleagues combine to put on a multi-period demonstration for the public

The Pards artillery piece 'The Lilly' is prepared for firing

The Pards artillery piece 'The Lilly' is prepared for firing

'Fire!' One of the most popular events of the day as 'The Lilly' booms out across Kinsale Harbour

'Fire!' One of the most popular events of the day as 'The Lilly' booms out across Kinsale Harbour

A British Army soldier and Auxiliary advance through the smoke as they battle an IRA Flying Column during the 'War of Independence' battle, the crescendo of the days events

A British Army soldier and Auxiliary advance through the smoke as they battle an IRA Flying Column during the 'War of Independence' scenario, the crescendo of the days events

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Author:Damian Shiels

I am an archaeologist based in Ireland, specialising in conflict archaeology.

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2 Comments on “Calling Them Home: The Pards at Charles Fort, Co. Cork”

  1. August 31, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    VERY NICE PHOTOS. AM READING SHIELDS BOOK. PUT UP NEXT YEARS EVENTS SOON SO THAT I CON PLAN.

    • September 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

      Hi Bertie,

      I hope you enjoy the book, let me know what you think of it!

      Kind Regards,

      Damian.

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