Making a Connection with Europe

This year, as part of European Year of Cultural Heritage, we’re making a connection with Europe. Here are Heritage Week events which highlight interesting and sometimes unexpected historical and cultural links to our European neighbours

Out on the Ocean

18 - 19 August, 10am - 4:30pm, Carrowmore Visitor Centre, Co. Sligo

Cliadhbh O'Gibne from the Boyne Currach Heritage Group will demonstrate the ancient art of constructing a hide-covered boat using natural materials and techniques.


1709 Our Families Came to Ireland

18, 26 August, 2pm - 5pm, Irish Palatine Association (IPA), Irish Palatine heritage Centre, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick

Since 1989 the Irish Palatine Association has tried to preserve their rich heritage by encouraging a sense of Identity among Palatine families worldwide and linking with their ancestral homeland, Rheinland-Pfalz in Germany.


Matters French

18 August, 10am - 12:45pm, 20 August, 8am - 8pm, 21 August, 8am - 8pm, 22 August, 8am - 8pm, 23 August, 8am - 4:45pm, 24 August, 8am - 4:45pm, 26 August, 10am -12:45pm, UCC Library, Co.Cork

Matters French offers an overview of some of the connections between Ireland & France from the Anglo-Normans to Beckett. These interconnected traditions are represented in UCC Library's collections.


Connections: Waterford and Tenerife

21 August, 1:15pm - 2pm, Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford

Merchants from Waterford settled in Tenerife (the largest of the Canary Islands) from the 1670s, founding trading houses which flourished for over a century. Families such as the Walshes and their Fitzgerald relations, long established in Waterford, founded a thriving Irish community in Tenerife which traded all along the western seaboard of Europe, in the Americas and elsewhere. The rich legacy of these Waterford merchants – little known in Ireland – is the subject of this lunchtime talk by Dr John Bergin from UCD.


Monksland and France 1000 years ago

21 August, 8pm - 9:30pm, Monksland Town Team, Athlone Springs Hotel, Monksland, Co. Roscommon

Monks from Cluny, France(c1100) had an Irish priory in Athlone. King Turlough wished to make Athlone the capital and asked them for land to build Athlone Castle and bridge. In return he gave them Monksland.


Paris as the Capital of Irish Culture

22 August, 7:30pm - 8:30pm, Kilmainham Gaol Museum & Courthouse (OPW), Kilmainham Courthouse, Dublin City

Booking Required

This illustrated lecture by Kevin Whelan offers an overview of the shifting relationships between Paris and Ireland from 1600 - 1930.


Historical Connections

23 August, 5pm - 7pm, Athlone Military Historical Society, Aidan Heavey Library, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

The Moorish Conquest of Spain From Athlone to Madrid: The Irish in the fight against Franco. An evening of talks on Irish involvement in Spanish history.


Denny St: Ancient Greece Irish Soil

24 August, 1pm - 2pm, Kerry County Council, Kerry County Museum, Thomas Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Join Victoria McCarthy and Helen O'Carroll as we travel from Ancient Greece to Irish soil in looking at the buildings of Denny Street and the creation of the Town Park.



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