Heritage Week 2019 Launched

Heritage Week 2019 Launched

Calling all Adventurers

Heritage Week 2019 launches in Kildare with a host of unique events celebrating Irish Pastimes from Past Times

Heritage Week 2019, which takes place nationwide from 17th to 25th of August, will showcase the joy, diversity and accessibility that can be found within Kildare’s rich heritage. As a nation of storytellers, all of our heritage is linked to stories of people, places, moments and things. Events taking place in Kildare include an exhibition tracing the history of the Irish draught horse at the Curragh Camp, a Wild Child Day at Castletown House, Celbridge, storytelling by Eddie Lenihan at Athy Library and lots lots more.
Full details at www.heritageweek.ie.

Heritage Week 2019 will be a call to action for people to discover, interpret and embrace their heritage and in turn create their own new pastime - to become an explorer, an archaeologist, a storyteller, an eco warrior.

With over 120 events taking place throughout the county, there is undoubtedly an event for everyone, no matter their age or interests. The eclectic offering of events in this year’s schedule includes picnics & parties, talks & tours, ceilís, crafts & craic, all of which serve to make our country’s heritage more inclusive than ever. 

"I am amazed at the number and variety of events happening during Heritage week this year. We have a hundred events taking place, many of which are organised by history, heritage and tidy towns groups to showcase their local heritage. I have to commend community and heritage groups for their enthusiasm and energy during heritage week each year" said Bridget Loughlin, County Kildare Heritage Officer.  

National Heritage Week is a celebration of Ireland's built, natural and cultural heritage and aims to generate awareness, appreciation and preservation of our wonderful resources. 

This year The Heritage Council’s chosen theme for Heritage Week is the celebration of Pastimes and Past Times.

The Heritage Week programme features events for all ages, most of which are free to attend.

Local highlights include: 

The Irish Draught Horse, Military Museum, Curragh Camp, Kildare - 17th to  24th August
This exhibition will trace the history of the Irish draught horse, from war horse to show jumper, and from medieval times to the present. 

Wild Child Day Nature Outing in Castletown House, Celbridge on 21st August

Join Wild Kildare on Wild Child Day where kids and families are encouraged to get outdoors.
We shall look for all wildlife that lives here. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Eddie Lenihan Storytelling at Athy Library on 20th August
Athy library is delighted to host master storyteller Eddie Lenihan sharing tales of magic, myth and mystery for all. One of the few remaining seanchaí in Ireland, Eddie is not one to be missed!

National Heritage Week demonstrates how people can play their part in protecting our natural heritage all year long, from making our gardens pollinator-friendly to volunteering for local clean ups and citizen science projects. It is an opportunity to learn how we can protect our endangered species and habitats and see how the work and commitment of local communities is conserving nature, for us and for future generations.

Heritage Week is part of a European wide initiative with the express aim of fostering awareness of Ireland’s built, natural and cultural heritage, thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation and increasing interest in our shared heritage. 

Heritage Week presents an opportunity to take part in one of the numerous walks organised by community groups to present and explain local heritage and to discover the wealth of fascinating heritage within the county. National Heritage Week is a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on not only our heritage but the work of hundreds of Kildare volunteers who give their time to preserve and promote it.  

Kildare County Council has compiled a listing of these and the many other events happening around the County. 

These are available at www.kildare.ie/CountyCouncil/Heritage/HeritageWeek/ and in all local libraries. 

To view a listing of Heritage Week events in other counties please go to www.heritageweek.ie or call 1850 200 978

Download Heritage Week 2019 County Kildare Event Guide

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