National Heritage Week 17-25 August 2019

Posted 15/08/2019

What's On - Heritage Week in County Kildare

Heritage Week helps to raise awareness of Built, Natural, and Cultural Heritage.
Get out and enjoy the many events taking place during Heritage Week in County Kildare.

Audio Guides

1. The Story of County Kildare Audio Guide 

2. The Story of the Curragh: Free Audio Guide 
3. Kildare Monastic Trail Audio Guide 
4. Kildare Town Heritage Trail Audio Guide 
5. Celbridge Heritage Audio Guide

Week Long Events

6. Tower of Allen, Hill of Allen
7. Irish High Cross Exhibition
8. Past Times: Shop Window Display
9. The Irish Draught Horse - Exhibition
10. Museum Treasure Hunt
11. Collection Care at Maynooth University

Recurring Events

12. Irish National Study & Gardens- Summer Fun 2019
13. Hidden Gems and Forgotten People Exhibition
14. Open: St Mary’s Church of Ireland
15. Guided Walk of Kildare Town
16. Cruise to the Leinster Aqueduct

Saturday 17th August
17. Brief History: Cloncurry Graveyard
18. Tall Tales and Deadly Drawings
19. North Kildare Beekeepers Demo
20. Activities for Adults and Children Maynooth Castle
21. Children’s Bird-Watching Event
22. Rathangan Church of Ireland and Graveyard
23. Raven Haven in Newbridge Library
24. James Caird Story
25. Wildlife Walk at Kildoon Woode
26. Kildare’s Road to the Sam Maguire!
27. Walking Ballitore: Past & Present
28. Swift & Vanessa by Martina Reilly
29. Castledillon Monastic Site Visit

Sunday 18th August
30. North Kildare Beekeepers Demo
31. Wildlife Walk at Ballynafagh Lake
32. Swift & Vanessa by Martina Reilly
33. Milltown Canal Walk and Talk
34. National Science Museum Maynooth
35. Dust and Shadows

Monday 19th August
36. Pastimes in 18th and 19th Century

37. Celbridge Famine Workhouse
38. Kildare’s Four All-Ireland Victories
39. Water Under the Bridge in Kilcullen
40. History Talk about Local Connections to the Curragh 'Rath' Internment Camp

Tuesday 20th August

41. The Three Abbeys of Kildare Town
42. Plant a Heritage Orchard
43. Paper Marbling Workshop
44. Lord Walter FitzGerald Talk: Athy
45. Kildare’s 1919 All-Ireland Victory
46. Eddie Lenihan Storytelling
47. A Closer Look at Castletown
48. Leixlip in Pictures over 250 years
49. Natural and Built Heritage of Clane
50. Hidden Gems and Forgotten People
51. Archaeological Secrets of the M9 Motorway
52. Book Launch: A History of Christianity in Newbridge
53. Grandparents and Children Storytime

Wednesday 21st August
54. National Science Museum Maynooth
55. Colouring in Our Past
56. Felting workshop with Tamzen Lundy
57. Pastimes in 18th and 19th Century
58. Raven Haven Aviaries: Naas Library
59. Children’s Upstairs/Downstairs Tour
60. Wild Child Day Nature Outing
61. 1919 Children’s Football Blitz
62. Georgian Dining
63. Ringing Swallows: Pollardstown Fen

Thursday 22nd August
64. Pastimes in 18th and 19th Century
65. Caring for Family Archives
66. The Spinning Wheel
67. Biodiversity Workshop for Kids
68. Visit Camphill Weavery
69 Irish Military Memorabilia
70. Lord Walter FitzGerald Talk: Kildare Town
71. The Happy Hedgehog
72. Lecture: Lady Louisa at Blackrock
73. Canal Walk Naas
74. The Wildlife of County Kildare
75. The Curse of Emmigration

Friday 23rd August
76. Celebration of Irish Culture / Music - Leixlip
77. Acoustic Folk and Trad Evening
78. Skep-Making Demonstration in Castledermot
79. Kildare Town Nostalgia Night 2019
80. Kilcock: A stroll Through Time
81. Kildare’s 1919 All-Ireland Win
82. The Three Abbeys of Kildare Town

Saturday 24th August

83. Moth Morning
84. Picture Box Saturday
85. National Poultry Bring and Buy Sale
86. Foraging Around Our Medieval Town - Kildare
87. Rathangan Church of Ireland and Graveyard
88. The Most Dangerous Man In Europe
89. Lord Walter FitzGerald Talk: Naas
90. Codes, Cyphers, Dots and Dashes!
91. Johnny Magory Annual Adventure Day
92. Laraghbryan Cemetery: Maynooth
93. Wool Conversation and Demonstration
94. An Afternoon Pilgrimage
95. A Talk Through Medieval Ballymore
96. Lord Walter FitzGerald Talk: Maynooth
97. Diva la Difference Performance
98. Liffeyside Bat Walk at Sunset
99. Visit the Wonderful Barn

Sunday 25th August
100. Open Day: Batty Langley Lodge
101. Open Day at the Round House
102. Open Day at the Gate House
103. Country Market and Craft Fair
104. Arts & Crafts Workshop
105. Lady Louisa’s Legacy
106. Medieval Walking Tour Athy
107. Guided Tour of St. John’s Graveyard
108. Lullymore West Bog Butterfly Life
109. Falconry Display and Craft Fair
110. National Science Museum Maynooth
111. Children’s Nature Outing
112. Blessed John Sullivan Exhibition
113. Traditional Crafts & Skills
114. Visit the Wonderful Barn
115. Rathangan Heritage Trail

Every effort has been made to ensure that the details listed are accurate.

However, Kildare County Council does not have control over changes to events planned by other organisations and you are advised to check with the organisation before attending events. 

Regular updates will be available on the Kildare County Council Facebook page.

Please note that children must be accompanied at all events unless otherwise indicated. 

Please be aware that photography and video may be taking place at all events during Heritage Week for media and marketing purposes.

National Heritage Week is coordinated in Ireland by the Heritage Council

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For more information on Heritage in Kildare contact:

Bridget Loughlin, Heritage Officer, Kildare County Council,

Aras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare

Tel: 045 980791



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