Your Heritage Weekend Starts Here!

Heritage Week 2018 kicks off on Saturday 18 August and runs until Sunday 26 August and there’s lots for everyone to enjoy.  Here’s just a taster of some of the free events happening around Ireland over the first weekend.

Tours of Iveagh House 

Saturday 18 August, 11am - 4pm, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Iveagh House, 80 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will open beautiful Iveagh House to the public for guided tours when you can learn about the fascinating history of the building.


Family History Workshop

Saturday 18 August, 3pm - 6pm, Western Family History Association, Lackagh Parish Centre, Turloughmore, Co. Galway

Learn how to research your family tree and discover your family history.


Wildlife Walk at Lullybeg

Saturday 18 August, 11:30am - 1:30pm, Wild Kildare, Lullybeg wetlands and cutaway bog, Co. Kildare

Wild Kildare will host a nature walk looking at the wildlife of Lullybeg including bird's, butterflies and plants. Meet at the entrance to the IPCC centre Lullymore for directions to Lullybeg.


Traveller History and Culture

Saturday 18 August, 2pm - 3pm, Cork City Libraries, The City Library, Co. Cork

Stories of traveller heritage, culture and traditions presented by the Cork Traveller Women's Network and the Traveller Visibility Group.


Wexford Walled Town Medieval Day

Saturday 18 August, 1pm - 5pm, Wexford County Council, Borough District of Wexford, On the Green Area, behind the Westgate Tower/Heritage Centre, Co. Wexford

Wexford Walled Town Medieval Day a free fun day for all the family to mark the start of Heritage Week. On the Green Area behind the Westgate Tower/Heritage Centre.


Tintern Craft Workshop 

Saturday 18 August, 11am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm, Tintern Abbey OPW, Tintern Abbey Visitor Centre, Saltmills, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Come and enjoy a craft experience at Tintern. Learn how to crochet and hear about crafts enjoyed by the residents of Tintern in times gone by.


Natural Heritage Walk in Tallaght

Saturday 18 August, 10:30am - 12pm, Tallaght Community Council, Sensory Garden, Sean Walsh Memorial Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Spend 90 minutes in the company of Christopher Moriarity and Michael Finn learning about the amazing diversity of fauna and flora in Tallaght’s Central Park. Starts in the park’s Sensory Garden.


Industrious Bailieborough

Saturday 18 August, 12pm - 9pm, Sunday 19 August, 11am - 5pm, Bailieborough Heritage Society, Murtagh's Yard, Main Street, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan

Industrious Bailieborough: An exhibition of machinery and artefacts which help us to explore the lives of our ancestors and of our industrial past.


Carving a Future from the Past

Saturday 18 August, 9:30am - 9:30pm, Sunday 19 August, 10:30am - 10:30pm, Colgan Community & Resource Centre, Co. Donegal

Enjoy a guided walk, genealogy workshop, history of the alcohol factory, traditional music workshop an exhibition of schools' projects and more.


Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018

Saturday 18 -  Sunday 19 August, 9am - 10pm, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018, the largest celebration of Irish music, song and dance in the world, will be held from 12th – 19th of August in Drogheda, Co. Louth.


Emigrant Story Collecting Weekend

Saturday 18 -  Sunday 19 August, 10am - 5pm, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, CHQ Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

Share your migration story with us! Bring an object that symbolises your migration story. It can be anything: letters, clothes, recipes, art. We’d particularly like to hear from new Irish communities. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum would also like to offer a 20% discount off admission to its permanent exhibition to all participants’


Guided Tours of Walmer Villa

Saturday 18 -  Sunday 19 August, 12pm - 3pm, St Francis Hospice Dublin, Walmer Villa, St. Francis Hospice, Station Road, Raheny, Dublin 5

Walmer Villa is a restored 19th Century Villa, originally built by the Duff family in 1815, and now used by St. Francis Hospice.


 Art Workshop – Plein Air

Saturday 18 -  Sunday 19 August, 12pm - 4pm, The Glebe House & Gallery OPW, Co. Donegal

Come and enjoy an afternoon of painting in the beautiful Glebe Gardens, under the expert guidance of their resident artists. Bring your own art materials and dress for the outdoors.


Traditional Building Skills Days

Saturday 18, Saturday 25 August, 10am - 2pm, Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter office, Church Lane, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Cathedral Quarter is hosting two Traditional Building Skills Training Days as part of Heritage Week. Learn as you help implement the Conservation Plan.



Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Monday 22 August, 10am - 5pm, Una D'Arcy, The Village of Fore, Co. Westmeath

Tales from 2000 years of history. Choose a chapter, become a character in one of their tall tales, or listen to one of their trained guides as they introduce you to all the worlds that meet in Fore.


Out on the Ocean

Saturday 18, Sunday 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.

Athenry Walled Towns Day

Sunday 19 August, 1pm - 5pm, Athenry Arts & Heritage Centre & Galway County Council, Athenry Park, Athenry Heritage Centre, Athenry Community Hall, Co. Galway

Savour the Past with Athenry's Walled Towns Day and celebrate Galway's Year of Gastronomy with a Feast of Food, Music & Stories.


Paint A Medieval Tile

Sunday 19 August, 2pm - 4pm, Office of Public Works, Old Mellifont Abbey, Co. Louth

Old Mellifont Abbey has a wonderful collection of Medieval tiles on display. They have made clay replicas of them. You are invited to paint one in your favourite colours. All materials provided. Younger children may need a little help.


Family Nature Walk

Sunday 19 August, 11am - 1pm, Irish Wildlife Trust (Laois/Offaly Branch), Garryhinch Woods, Co. Laois

A family nature walk & talk in Garryhinch Woods between Portarlington and Mountmellick. Led by the volunteers of the Badger Club of the Irish Wildlife Trust (Laois/Offaly). All welcome.


An Exhibition of Kilrush Ceramics

Sunday 19 August, 2pm - 5pm, Kilrush and District Historical Society, Teach Ceoil, Grace Street, Kilrush, Co. Clare

Kilrush Ceramics was established in 1961 and traded until 1983. This exhibition will present a selection of its colourful and quirky products including dinners sets, tea sets, vases and collectibles.


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