Heritage Week 2017

National Heritage Week

Heritage Week 2017

Every year, as September looms large on the calendar, The Heritage Council coordinate events all around the country to celebrate National Heritage Week. This year from 19th to 27th August there  are hundreds of events planned. Each celebrating and promoting our natural, built and cultural heritage. Since the majority of events are free of charge, there is no excuse not to get out and enjoy them. And maybe get your feet wet, hands dirty or learn something new!
You can see the full list of events can be viewed at www.heritageweek.ie . Also we have lots listed on  InspireMe.ie. But to give a flavour of the huge range in store for you, we have highlighted a few below.

Heritage Week in Longford


Heritage Week in Longford

In Longford you can walk the banks of the Royal Canal with the Big Boats to celebrate 200 years of these waterways which were such a vital part of our transport network. This is suitable for all and fully accessible for wheelchairs. Additionally, there will be talks, displays and themed events along the way as you watch these majestic heritage boats glide serenely along. 

Heritage Week in Dublin


Bone Stories

If you have children who normally balk at a museum visit then why not head to the always entertaining Collins Barracks for the family flower trail. Just a short Luas ride from Heuston Station, an activity pack will ensure your junior detectives are fully absorbed as they try to find the hidden blooms. At the end they can create their own paper flower to add to the museum bouquet. Or for children over 10 with a taste for the macabre, why not channel their inner CSI detective. The National Museum on Kildare Street hosts Bone Stories on Wednesday 23rd. In this special workshop archaeologists will investigate bones preserved throughout the ages. This is a free event and no booking is required.

Heritage Week in Offaly


Heritage Week in Offaly

On Saturday 19th at Lough Boora in Tullamore, County Offaly there will be a chance to discover what lies beneath while Pond Dipping in the Lough Boora Canal. This fascinating event has been organised by the Ecology Team at Bord na Mona and is followed by an eco-cycle through the Sculpture Park. Here inspiring sculptures are nestled in the heart of the bog. There are 30 children’s bicycles available, and do bring your own nets if you have them.

Heritage Week in Galway

If you head to Oughterard in Co. Galway on Sunday 20th there is a lovely day planned in Aughnanure Castle. Spend the day exploring aspects of  a medieval banquet. There will be  a talk on medieval drinking feasts, beekeeping demonstrations and honey tasting, and a traditional Irish harp recital. Additionally facepainting will provided for the children. Finally, to finish there will be a Bat Watch as the sun goes down under the direction of Dr Caitriona Carlin of NUIG.

Heritage Week in Tipperary

On August 26th Carrick-on-Suir Library hosts a family day of fun in their Urban Wildlife Garden for children under 12. There will be story-time in the newly opened Fairy Grove. Also planned are hands on workshops to make flower pots, bird feeders and seed planting. Or if your children are not squeamish they can take part in a bug hunt, tracking down bugs, birds and bees.

Swiss Cottage

Sunday 27th sees the romantic Swiss Cottage in Cahir, Co Tipperary open its doors to the public. In addition free guided tours will be given of this unique building. Hear the fascinating story of the Earl & Countess of Glengall. Admire the elegant furnishings. Then try to resist the redecorating urge when you get back home.

Heritage Week in Kerry

Or if you are in Kerry, why not try the mid-Kerry Vintage Rally in Brackhill. This family fun day includes a bouncy castle, dog show, sheep shearing, and a tug of war. In addition there will  be a vintage rally featuring steam engines, tractors, tools and so much more. Furthermore all proceeds are going to Cancer Support.
Of course this is just a small snapshot of the many diverse activities which will be taking place all over the country. No doubt there is sure to be an event close to you. So why not finish off the summer holidays in style? Celebrate Irish Heritage in all its glory!
Don’t forget to check www.inspireme.ie regularly to find lots of inspiration for free family friendly things to do in your own locality. And sign up here to receive regular updates on what’s on in your area
Finally, all information correct at time of publishing.  Please check with event organiser before you travel