Sunday, 25th August
11. The Heritage of Kilbarron Castle, Co Donegal
Celebrate the heritage of Kilbarron Castle, a bardic school which ran from the 14th until the 17th Century. Come along and enjoy a visit to the castle and a talk on the history and ecology of the coastal area. This event will take place from 1pm to 6pm. More information is available here.
12. Ardfert’s Hidden Gem, Co Kerry
Explore Ardfert's hidden gem, the Friary, with a local guide and learn all about its unique architectural features and connection with local families, the Fitzmaurice’s and the Crosbie’s. The tour starts at 3pm from the car park adjacent to Ardfert Friary and finishes at 4.15pm. More information is available here.
13. Falconry Display and Craft Fair, Co Kildare
Newgrange Falconry will be displaying birds of prey in the church grounds of Christchurch, Celbridge beside the Castletown Gates between 2pm and 5pm. This is a great opportunity for the whole family to get out for an afternoon. A craft fair in the Parish Hall will also take place as well tours of the church itself. More information is available here.
14. Tales by the Fireside, Co Laois
Come along and listen to several tales, old and not so old alike, while the turf fire crackles in the background. This family friendly session will have something for everyone both young and young at heart alike. This event will take place from 7pm to 8.30pm. More information is available here.
15. Mellifont Medieval Tile Painting, Co Louth
Take time this weekend to decorate a handmade copy of some of the wonderful medieval tiles found during the site excavations at the Old Mellifont Abbey. Choose from several beautiful designs to recreate a finished tile for you to take home. This event will take place from 10am to 12.30pm. More information is available here.
16. Storytelling: Children’s Stories, Co Tipperary
Call into Annexe Damer House in Roscrea and join in with a storytelling session from a collection of rare old children's tales, including the story of 'Damer's Gold'. This event will start at 3pm and runs until 5pm. More information is available here.
17. Tour of Columb Barracks: Mullingar, Co Westmeath
Enjoy this tour which will explore the rich heritage of Mullingar's former army barracks, which is over 200 years old and has played an important part in the life of the town. The tour will start form the main gate at 3pm and will run until 6.30pm. More information is available here.
18. Monksgrange 250 – Garden Open Day, Co Wexford
This open day at Monksgrange Garden will include a talk by garden historian and architect Patrick Bowe, followed by a guided tour by Jeremy Hill. Sheltered by woodland, the garden contains a stunning collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, specimen trees and shrubs. If you are in the area make sure to call by between 2pm to 6pm. More information is available here.
19. Viking Heritage Day on the Greenway, Co Waterford
Get the whole family together for Viking Heritage Day at Woodstown on the Waterford Greenway. Explore a Viking craft village, take part in guided walks, be part of Viking battles and even be an archaeologist for a day. Activities kick off at 10.30am and will run until 4.30pm. More information is available here.
20. Forest of Ferbane Tour, Co Offaly
Come along to this walking tour hosted by Ferbane Tidy Towns and visit some of the key trees and woodlands of Ferbane. The Forest of Ferbane is an ongoing project by Ferbane Tidy Towns to raise awareness of trees and an urban forest in the town. A short tour accessible tour in the town (45mins) will commence at 4pm, followed by a longer tour (45mins) on through fields and woodland paths. More information is available here.