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It’s the last weekend of Heritage Week 2018, but don’t draw the curtain yet, there’s still lots for everyone to enjoy this weekend.  Here’s a preview of some of the free events happening around Ireland on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August.

The Fair Day in Ballyfarnon

Saturday 25 August, 4pm - 6pm, Ballyfarnon Community Enterprise Group lTD, Crescent Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon

Stories from the Fair Day in Ballyfarnon, these stories were collected by the school children of the parish of Kilronan and the neighbouring schools from their grandparents about the Fair Day.


Open House the Pilots Cottage

Saturday 25 August, 2pm - 5pm, Dundoan, Downings, F92 YW57, Co. Donegal

A chance to see inside the cottage and here the history of the Pilots of Mulroy Bay. Explore the shoreline and maybe see some local wildlife! Please note access is by foot down a grassy path.


Museum Open Day Talk

Saturday 25 August, 11am - 2:30pm, Curragh Local History Group, The Old Band Hall, opposite the Post Office, McSweeney Road, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare

Curragh Local History Group Open Day is an opportunity to visit the Groups museum and discover many fascinating artefacts relating to the rich history of the Curragh Camp.


The Viking Experience

Saturday 25 August, 12pm - 5pm, Clondalkin Round Tower Heritage Centre, Brú Chrónáin, Co. Dublin

Enter the Viking tent to encounter objects and crafts from the Viking era!

Clay Days Get Muddy

Saturday 25 August, 2pm - 5pm, Earthen Building UK and Ireland (EBUKI), The Leitrim Design House, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

Niall Miller will give a hands-on demonstration of wattle and daub building. See and learn how people in the past made warm eco-homes using local hazel, willow, bamboo, straw and daub.


Wildflowers in Carn Ard Park Meadow

Saturday 25 August, 11am - 1pm, Westside Youth Project (Youth Work Ireland, Galway) start at Corrach Buí Centre, Westside, Co. Galway

Dan Clabby (Conservation Volunteers Galway) will facilitate a close-up look at the wildflower meadow, to engage our curiosity for the natural world around us, as it varies over the seasons and years.


What it said in the Papers

Saturday 25 August, 4pm - 5pm, Irish Workhouse Centre, Co. Galway 

Lecture on eighteenth century newspaper reports from County Galway, followed by the launch of a limited free booklet on 'One hundred County Galway newspaper articles from the eighteenth century'.


Launch of a Restored Foyle Ferry

Saturday 25 August, 1pm - 5pm, Moville Men's Shed, Moville Pier, Co. Donegal 

Launch of the St. Anthony a restored Mc Donald built traditional boat, a Foyle Ferry and Salmon boat donated by the Kelly Family restored by master boatbuilder, Brian Mc Donald by Moville Men's Shed


Whale Watch Ireland Nationwide Tours

Saturday 25 August, 2pm - 5pm, Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, Locations Nationwide

 The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group invites you to their annual, free and guided land-based whale watch at a local headland in locations nationwide, as part of All-Ireland Whale Watch day.


Photography Portarlington Buildings

Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 August, 10am - 6pm, Lea Castle Conservation, Parochial Hall, Market Sq. Portarlington, Co. Laois

A collaboration from three community groups in the town to showcase the built heritage of Portarlington.


Furnace Festival 2018

Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 August, 9am - 6pm, Sliabh Aughty Furnace Project, Woodford, Co. Galway (at the Bay)

A weekend of iron smelting and forging! Local iron ore, charcoal and clay will be used to make iron in the area for the first time in nearly 250 years.


The Alchemy of Sound

Sunday 26 August, 10am - 7am, Umha Aois, Dromid Community Centre, Co. Kerry

Umha Aois annual experimental archaeology symposium with demonstrations of casting and smelting experiments by archaeologists and sculptors, making Bronze and Iron Age horns with authentic methods.


Medieval Show and Storytelling

Sunday 26 August, 11am - 3pm, Donegal Castle, Co. Donegal

Join an exhibition of Medieval Magic and Weaponry Display at Donegal Castle.


River Insects Tell a Story

Sunday 26 August, 11am - 12pm, Douglas Tidy Towns, Ballybrack Woods – The Mangala/Meet outside Douglas Community Centre, Church Road, Douglas, Cork

Join local Community Water Officer, Kieran Murphy wading in the river to survey for and identify aquatic invertebrates, which can indicate if a river or stream is healthy. Great fun!


Water Life in a Pristine River

Sunday 26 August, 10:30am - 1pm, Annascaul Tidy Towns Action Group, Annascaul, Co. Kerry

Dr. Andy Fogarty, Athlone IT will present an interactive lecture and field trip on river water quality.

Loughrea Walled Towns Day

Sunday 26 August, 1pm - 5pm, Loughrea Medieval Festival committee, Fairgreen, Gort Road, Loughrea, County Galway

Join Loughrea Medieval Festival for an afternoon full of free medieval family fun and learning, as they recreate medieval life in all its glory.

Heritage Walk and Talk

Sunday 26 August, 3pm - 5pm, The Edgeworth Society, St Mary's Church Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

This is the 250th anniversary of the celebrated novelist Maria Edgeworth and as connecting is the theme of the European Year of Cultural Heritage your guides will be reading from her letters.

Dunlavin Heritage Site Tour

Sunday 26 August, 6pm - 7:30pm, Dunlavin & District Forum, Scoil Nioclais Naofa car park, Co. Wicklow

 Wander back through time and learn about our village's rich historical past. Join our experts for a guided tour to St. Nicholas' Blessed Well, Tornant Moat and Tornant Graveyard.

Heritage Week takes place from 18-26 August 2018 with over 2,000 events happening across Ireland, see what's on near you.