Heritage Week 2021 in Kildare

Saturday, 14th August to Sunday, 22nd August 2021.

National Heritage Week, an initiative by the Heritage Council, celebrates all things heritage. It brings together communities, families, organisations, cultural institutions, academics and enthusiasts, to build awareness about the value of heritage and support its conservation.


National Heritage Week is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council as part of European Heritage Days - a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which more than 50 countries participate each year.

In County Kildare, National Heritage Week is co-ordinated and supported by Local Authority Heritage Officers, their colleagues and with numerous local heritage groups and organisations.

National Heritage Week 2021 - With the continuation of public health restrictions around social gatherings due to COVID-19, The Heritage Council once again invited groups to organise a heritage project. The project approach is designed to promote the sharing of experience and knowledge. In 2021 The Heritage Council looked for projects that whose approach includes 'heritage newcomers', 'heritage sharing', and 'heritage for all ages'.

List of Projects in County Kildare

A full list of projects in County Kildare can be found on the Heritage Week 2021 Website - heritageweek.ie/projects - Kildare

'A long plot with a long history' - Sharon Greene
Castledermot Local History Group This short video tells the story of the garden to the rear of Castledermot Community Library
YouTube Video Garden at Rear of Castledermot Community Library

"Of what is past, or passing, or to come" - Greg Hallahan , Andrew Barrett, Liam Kenny, Daniel Dunne. - Art Exhibition
14 Aug - 21 Aug at McCauley Place Naas

A Journey into a Different World - Kildare Town Heritage Centre - Tom McCutcheon
Explore cultural heritage in Kildare Town Market Square.
From 10.00am - 4.00 pm each day Tuesday 17th , Wednesday 18th and 20th August - info@kildareheritage.com

A Catholic college for a Catholic people - Elaine Bean
Maynooth University Library
Wednesday, 18th August, 1.00 pm on Zoom library.bookings@mu.ie

CKAS & the Lord Walter Fitzgerald Prize - A Conversation - Siobhan McNulty
County Kildare Archaeological Society
Sunday, 22nd August, 2.30 pm on Zoom Meeting ID: 925 1040 8404 Passcode: 672795

Exploring the Grand Canal - Locks 19 - 21 - Allen Heritage and History Group - Denis Dennehy
Sunday, 15th August at 6.00 pm Meet up Ballyteague GAA

Guided Walk of the Three Abbeys of Kildare - Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Tom McCutcheon - Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Saturday 14th August At 11am, Wednesday 18th at 11am, Saturday 21st August at 11am
A minimum of 1.5 hours. Numbers info@kildareheritage.com

Heritage of Ardclough - Ardclough Co Kildare - Eoghan Corry
August 14 2021 14.00 - A curated and managed visit to Reeves Castle - eoghanardclough@gmail.com

Interventions - OPW - Kevina Dunne
Friday, 13th, August to Sunday, 15th, August 10.00am to 5.00pm
Exhibition of works resulting from a research collaboration between Marie Phelan and Audrey Walshe carried out around Castletown House in Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Lady Louisa Conolly 1743-1821 Bicentenary Celebration Tea Lane Graveyard Celbridge
Sunday 22nd of August 2.30 am Outdoor Gathering - 200 max as per Covid Guidelines

Meet the North Kildare Beekeepers - OPW - Kevina Dunne
Saturday, 21st, August 11 am-4 pm
Pleasure grounds Saturday the 21st of August from 11 am-4 pm (weather permitting) - castletown@opw.ie

Oidhreacht - Heritage - Leinster Printmaking Studio - Pamela de Brí
The exhibition was installed briefly in Kilcock Art Gallery June 2021.
All limited edition hand-made Fine Art prints are printed on paper size 35 x 50cm.

Opening the door to the archives of Maynooth College
St Patrick's College, Maynooth (SPCM) - Anna Porter

Peatlands, Climate and Carbon - Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC)
14th August, 2.00-4.00 pm
Please email or phone to register for this event. bogs@ipcc.ie, Tel 045 860133

Protecting and enhancing our natural heritage on campus
Maynooth University Library - Elaine Bean
17th August 2021, 1.00 pm - This half hour talk with Stephen Seaman, Grounds Supervisor, on Zoom
Commencing at 1.00 pm, and followed by 20 minutes for questions. - Email: library.bookings@mu.ie
Register on the Eventbrite link - eventbrite.ie/e/165256912875

Seashells and lots more on the Seashore - Vincent Butler
A series of short educational videos that focus on the rich array of marine life found along, and in the waters off, Ireland's seashore.

St John's Church, Kill - Bicentenary Commemoration - St John's Church 200th Anniversary Committee - Lisa Newnham
Wednesday, 18th August 2021, 7.00 pm
The video "Bicentenary Conversations at St John's" will be presented, in which parishioners chat about memories of St John's and the local area.
Trailer: youtu.be/IJ7W-BG-0KM Email: secretary@naasunion.com
Zoom - us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pofDCh-8TkydPfpadohKKg

St. Brigid's Wells Kildare - Treasures of our Celtic and Christian Heritage - Phil O Shea
Solas Bhride Centre & Hermitages CLG
The project is a virtual event that aims to raise awareness of the significance of Holy Wells in our culture and Celtic tradition dating back to the time of the Druids through to Christian times. - heritageweek.ie/projects/st-brigids-wells-kildare-treasures-of-our-celtic-and-christian-heritage
Email: info@solasbhride.ie

The Bumblebee Monitoring Project on Lullymore West - Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC)
A one hour weekly monitoring survey will take place over the course of 26 weeks (April - September) in 2021.
14th August 2021, 11.00am - 1.00pm

As part of this project, IPCC are hosting a family friendly walk & talk event - www.bogs@ipcc.ie

The Russell Library: history, collections and care - Elaine Bean
Maynooth University Library
A 30-minute talk on the history of the Russell Library, the collections and how staff care for those collections.
Thursday 19 August, 1.00 pm - Email: library.bookings@mu.ie
Please register on the Eventbrite link below. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/165261472513

Virtual Tour of Maynooth College Chapel by Dr. John-Paul Sheridan - Elaine Bean
Monday 16th August, 13:00 - Email: library.bookings@mu.ie
This half-hour talk, on Monday 16th August, will be on Zoom, commencing at 13:00, and followed by 20 minutes for questions.

War of Independence Talk - Kill History Group - Brian Mc Cabe
16 August 2021, 8.00pm
Please email for registration details. - brianfrancis.mccabe@gmail.com

Welcome to Castletown Roundhouse - Irish Landmark Trust
Tel 01 6704733
More Info: heritageweek.ie/projects/welcome-to-castletown-roundhouse

A full list of projects in County Kildare can be found on the Heritage Week 2021 Website - heritageweek.ie/projects - Kildare

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