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Heritage Week 2012


Jump on the Biodiversity Bus


One of the new exciting events of Heritage Week 2012 is a tour of the Biodiversity sites of north Kildare, organised by Irish Peatland Conservation Council. Bookings can be made through the Kildare Heritage Centre . Heritage Week 2012 commences on Saturday 18th August and runs until Sunday 26th August.  This year is packed full of exciting events all across the county all of which celebrate Kildare’s rich and varied heritage. Heritage Week is part of a European Wide initiative with the express aims of fostering awareness of Ireland’s built, natural and cultural heritage, thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation and increasing interest in our shared heritage.


“The wide range of heritage events organised primarily by community groups and local history groups across the county demonstrates a great pride and growing awareness of Kildare’s heritage” said Bridget Loughlin, County Kildare Heritage Officer.  Events include; Guided tours of many of our important County heritage sites such asMaynoothCastle, Castletown house, theTowerofAllen, the gate lodges of Castletown House,  Churches of Naas, Kildrought House Cellbridge  andConfeyChurch.


There are many events for wildlife enthusiasts such as a walk and talk on the  Bryophytes of Ballynafagh, the Sphagnum Moss open day at the Bog of Allen nature Centre and the Sow and grow at Celbridge Mill.  This year sees many new events aimed at young people Children’s Tour of Castletown, Children’s Treasure Trail in Athy Heritage Centre, an introduction to bird watching organised by Kildare Birdwatch in Donadea Forest Park and Children’s Art Workshops in Castletown House.


Kilcock Community Network will be hosting a Heritage Boats Display, Kilcullen Heritage Centre will be launching the Kilcullen History Timeline and for the car and motor cycle lovers the Curragh Local History group are hosting a display of cars and motorcycles which would have raced at the Curragh between 1947-1967.


There are a number of talks on aspects of Kildare’s heritage organised by groups throughout the county. It is recommended that you visit to for a full list of events. Many local libraries will be hosting events. Newbridge Library-: How to trace your family tree? Clane Library- Main Street Clane its Buildings and its People and Maynooth Library- Plaster Casting workshop with artist David Folan.


There are a number of opportunities to get acquainted with Kildare’s Canal heritage Kildare Archaeological Society are hosting a walk in Robertstown on the subject of the Grand canal and Lowtown Lock lead by Karen Gorry and Naas Local History Group are hosting a walk along the Canal in Naas led by Ger McCarthy


Heritage sites within the county, such as the Athy and Kildare Heritage Centre, The National Stud andMaynoothCastlehave free admission or special concessions during the week.


Kildare County Council has compiled a listing of these and the many other events happening around the County. These are available on:

and in all local libraries. To view a listing of Heritage Week events in other counties please go to or call 1850 200 978.

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