STILL TIME TO ENJOY NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK WHICH RUNS UNTIL SUNDAY 26th AUGUST

bring their cameras along and take pictures in the beautiful surroundings of St. Enda’s Park. Meet at Nature Room. Event Organiser : Pearse Museum / St. Enda’s Park, Grange Road Rathfarnham Dublin 16, brian.crowley@opw.ie , 01 4934208

Dublin – Meet The Vikings! (Free), 26th August, 14:00 – 16:30. National

Museum of Ireland-Archaeology, Kildare Street. What did they wear, eat and do? See Dublin’s Viking history brought to life and handle replica swords and armour with Montague Heritage Services. No booking required. All ages welcome. Event Organizer: Education and Outreach Department, National Museum of Ireland-Archaeology, mjfitzsimons@museum.ie, 01 6486332. 

  • Dublin – Woodturning Demonstration & Workshop With Kieran Reynolds (Free), 26th

August, 10:00 – 17:00. National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. In the Gardens, Kieran will demonstrate his craft all though the day using Irish-grown wood. as well as display a range of his pieces. Local wood turner Kieran Reynolds works in his home workshop exclusively with Irish grown timber and strives to ensure his sources are sustainable. For more information, contact the Education and Visitor Centre on 01 8570909. Event Organizer: National Botanic Gardens, botanicgardens@opw.ie, 01 8570909. 

  • Meath – Bat Watching (Free), 26th August, 19:00 – 21:30. Moynalty Steam Threshing

Museum, Moynalty, Kells. Brian Keeley talks about ‘Creatures of the Night’ and other hairy stories. Follow the Bat Walk for another spectacular show. We thank Brian Keeley, Wildlife Surveys Ireland, for his continued support. This event is very popular and is much appreciated along with the hospitality. Wear outdoor clothing, suitable footwear and bring a torch to fully enjoy the evening. Children to be accompanied. Event Organizer: Moynalty Steam Threshing, steamthreshing@eircom.net, 046 9244421. 

  • Laois – Wildlife Illustration Workshop with Gordon D’Arcy (Free), 24th August, 11:00 -

13:00.  Durrow Library, The Courthouse, Durrow. Learn how to draw Irish wildlife with Gordon D’Arcy in this wildlife drawing workshop for children. Gordon D’Arcy is a well-known author and illustrator. Event Organizer: Laois County Libraries, bforan@laoiscoco.ie, 057 8674312. 

  • Wicklow - Titanic Inspirations: Blacksmith’s ‘Forge In’ & Sculpture Exhibition

(Free), 25th & 26th August, 12:00 – 17:00. Russborough House, Blessington. This year’s 100th anniversary of the Titanic has Irish blacksmiths gather to recreate exquisite ornamental ironworks following some of the same inspirations as the creators of the magnificent RMS Titanic. Watch as the raw material is transformed into finished pieces. Kids can have a go in the hot forging of ‘Shipbuilding Rivets’ (kids workshop on Saturday only). In addition, a showcase of sculpture made specific for this event by Irish blacksmith artists. Event Organizer: Gunvor Anhoj, gunvor@calnan-anhoj.ie, 085 1390209. 

For updates on events throughout the week, log on to www.heritageweek.ie or follow us on Twitter @heritageweek  or our Heritage Week Facebook page. 

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Further information:

Michelle Tritschler, MKC Communications, 01 7038604 / 086 3846630

Isabell Smyth, Head of Communications & Education, The Heritage Council, 087 967 6889

 

Note to Editor:

The Heritage Council is the statutory body charged with identifying, protecting, preserving and enhancing Ireland’s national heritage. National heritage includes Monuments, Archaeological objects, Heritage objects, Architectural heritage, Flora, Fauna, Wildlife habitats, Landscapes, Seascapes, Wrecks, Geology, Heritage gardens and parks, and Inland waterways.

National Heritage Week is co-ordinated in Ireland by the Heritage Council in conjunction with the Department of the Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht,  and is part of European Heritage Days, which is celebrated in over 49 countries across Europe.