40 things to do in Heritage Week
Watch whales, archive your attic, make a basket or live like a monk. National Heritage Week is packed with activities and here’s just a taster. . .
28 Celebrate early photography: View one of the largest collections of early photographs by a female photographer at Jane W Shackleton’s Ireland exhibition in the Art Gallery of the Public Library, Mountmellick, Co Laois until August 31st. Chris Corlett, author of Jane W Shackleton’s Ireland (Collins Press, 2012) will speak about her work on Monday, August 19th at 7.30pm in Mountmellick Arts Centre, Sarsfield Street. Admission €5. Tel: 057-8644572
29 Picnic on a bog: Turf cutters, local historians and railway enthusiasts will tell boggy tales on while participants picnic on the bog at Abbeyleix, Co Laois on Saturday, August 24th. See abbeyleixbog.ie for exact times and locations.
30 Share skills: Beer brewing, bread making, bee-keeping and vegetable growing skills will be shared at this event organsed by Laois Leaf, a transition hub helping communities design a lower carbon future. Go along to the Heritage House and Community Allotments in Abbeyleix on Saturday, August 17th and Friday, August 23rd, 2pm-4pm.See laoisleaf.com
31 Get on your bike: Take a 20km heritage trail by electric bike from Leitrim village to Kedue, taking in holy wells, abbeys and tombs, on Sunday, August 18th at 10am. Booking essential. See electricbiketrails.com
32 Take a tractor ride: A chance to see this remarkable collection of vintage vehicles at this annual tractor run in various locations in Co Longford on Sunday, August 18th noon to 5pm. See longfordvintageclub.com
33 Paint a tile: Children and adults can paint a replica tile, inspired by the patterns in Old Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen, Co Louth on Sunday, August 25th 10am-5pm. Tel: 041-9826459
34 Travel to Trim: Try out some of the medieval themed arts and crafts and meet some knights at the Trim Walled Town Festival in Trim, Co Meath on Sunday, August 18th, from 2pm-5pm. Tel: 086-8053293
35 Cavort in Charleville Castle: Take a free guided tour of castle rooms to see conservation work and learn about the castle ghosts; have a picnic in the grounds amongst the magnificent trees in this estate just outside Tullamore, Co Offaly on Saturday, August 24th from 1pm-5pm. See charlevillecastle.com
36 Enjoy harp music: Castlecoote House in Co Roscommon hosts a celebration of harp music by Turlough O’Carolan, Thomas Moore and Percy French on Sunday, August 18th at 3pm. €5 admission includes tours of house and grounds. Tel: 0906-663794 castlecootehouse.com
37 Talk about trees: The John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross, Co Wexford is the apt location for this tree symposium on Sunday, August 18th at 3pm; Free guided walks through the JFK park August 20-22nd at 3pm. Tel: 051-388171
38 Gather in Greystones: Take a guided architectural and historical tour of the Burnaby Estate with Irish Times journalist and Greystones resident, Peter Murtagh on Saturday and Sunday, August 24th and 25th at 2.30pm, starting in the Burnaby Park. Find out about the lives of Col Fred Burnaby and his wife Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed at Tales from the Burnaby in the Greystones Golf Club on Saturday, August 24th at 8pm. View Hawkins-Whitshed’s late 19th century and early 20th century photographs in shop window displays of Greystones, Co Wicklow on Saturday/Sunday August 24/25th. See theburnaby.com
39 Live like a monk: Children can discover the daily duties of monks who followed St Carthage to Lismore in Co Waterford. The activities – including calligraphy and making ink – at the Lismore Heritage Centre on Saturday, August 17th at 11am are free but booking is essential. Tel: 058-54975, discoverlismore.com
40 Feast on folklore: The restored medieval banqueting hall built by the Earls of Desmond in the 1400s is the stunning venue for a free uilleann pipe recital by renowned Irish piper, Mikie Smyth on Saturday, August 24th at 4pm. The Desmond Hall in the Square, Newcastle West, Co Limerick will echo the sounds of traditional songs, poetry and storytelling from the West Limerick Singing Club on Sunday, August 25th at 4pm. Tel: 069-77408