It is almost here and it will not disappoint!
Heritage Week kicks off this Saturday 20th August and there is so much happening over this first weekend.
Medieval Festivals in Kildare and Youghal, Co. Cork, will bring history to life for all the family. The Hollywood Fair invites you to come in 1950’s costume and promises a wide variety of activities including crafts, threshing, music, sheepdog trials and vintage vehicles.
The “Bucks” and the “Thrashers” street theatre sees the re-enactment of the most famous duel ever fought in Sligo and the subsequent court case in 1816 between Thomas Fenton of Castletown, Easkey, and Major John Hillas of Donecoy.
If you are looking for events that celebrate natural heritage this weekend, enjoy a wildflower tour of the Phoenix Park, Dublin to identify the treasure trove of wild plants growing within the park or join a mini-beast and bug hunt in Fitzgerald Park, Cork to find out what mini-beasts are and where they live.
Meet, handle and fly birds of prey and get up close and personal with these rulers of the sky in Portlaw, Co. Waterford or join marine biologists at Lough Hyne, Cork to touch and feel underwater creatures from the tanks while you learn about them.
Go back almost 4,000 years in time to the Bronze Age and using a Fulacht Fiadh to cook and have some fun at the 1916BC: A Fulacht Fiadh Experience in Laois.
There are also many tours of historic sites and old buildings this weekend. Cork Heritage Open Day sees over 40 historic and heritage buildings in Cork open their doors to the public for free for one day only on Saturday 20 August.
In Dublin, take a tour of Arbour Hill in Dublin focusing on the context of the 1916 Easter Rising or an outside tour of the Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park or explore the early 20th Century in the Big House in Strokestown Park House in Roscommon.
Take a guided tour of Ardfert Cathedral in Kerry, Adam and Eve’s Church, Dublin, visit Ennis Friary or discover the 13th Century Norman Castle and 18th Century Queen Anne Style House in a heritage tour of Roscrea, Co.Tipperary.
Take a guided tour of Iveagh House, headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, designed in 1736 by Richard Castle and remodelled in the 19th century when it became the Guinness family townhouse or enjoy Children’s Storytelling at Donegal Castle.
Explore the disappearing Avoca Copper Mines, exploring the history of the Victorian Copper Mine and the unique landscape of the Avoca Valley in Wicklow that is slowly disappearing.
Walk the Royal Canal from Binn’s Bridge to Blessington Street Basin in Dublin or take a guided walk along the “Swift and Vanessa Love Trail“, through laurel paths, tracing the footsteps of Jonathan Swift and his beloved Vanessa at Celbridge Abbey, by the banks of the river Liffey in Celbridge.
And this is only the tip of the ice berg – there is so much more on!
Happy Heritage Week adventures!