Wicklow People (West Edition) - - WHAT’S ON - By MYLES BUCHANAN

WICKLOW has a full pro­gramme of events lined up for this year’s Her­itage Week, which runs from Au­gust 17 to 25.

This year’s ‘Pas­times and Past Times’ theme is 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, a wildlife en­thu­si­ast.

Co-or­di­nated by the Her­itage Coun­cil, Na­tional Her­itage Week has be­come one of Ire­land’s largest cul­tural events. Last year more than half-a-mil­lion peo­ple at­tended events across the coun­try, most of which were hosted by com­mu­ni­ties, vol­un­teers and in­di­vid­u­als who champion Ire­land’s her­itage in its many forms. The Her­itage Coun­cil as­sumed the role of co­or­di­na­tor of Na­tional Her­itage Week from the De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment, Her­itage and Lo­cal Govern­ment in 2005.

The Her­itage Of­fice of Wicklow County Coun­cil has worked with groups through­out the year to co-or­di­nate events and has pro­duced a pocket-sized printed event guide list­ing all the ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the county.

High­lights in­clude an open day at the UCD ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions at Glendaloug­h, where vis­i­tors will be brought on a guided tour of the site, in­spect arte­facts and ex­am­ine dis­plays. The Ir­ish Ar­chae­ol­ogy’s ‘Big Dig’ for kids will also be present. Guided Tours of the UCD Ar­chae­ol­ogy/Glendaloug­h Her­itage Fo­rum ex­ca­va­tions also take place through­out the week.

The in­au­gu­ral SUAS project (Sustainabl­e Up­lands Agri-en­vi­ron­ment Scheme) Open Day takes place in Hol­ly­wood Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and will pro­vide insight to the project through a se­ries of short talks and a site visit to a par­tic­i­pat­ing up­land farm. Mem­bers of Wicklow Up­lands Coun­cil will also be in at­ten­dance.

Friends of the Mur­rough will bring walk­ers on a tour of the re­cently re­opened cliff walk in Wicklow town, fea­tur­ing stun­ning scenery and a his­tor­i­cal talk at Lime Kiln Bay.

Guests can imag­ine life as a light­house keeper on a self-guided tour of the re­stored 18th cen­tury Wicklow Light­house.

The School of Ir­ish Ar­chae­ol­ogy will carry out a sim­u­lated ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tion in Balt­in­glass where kids can prac­tice be­ing an ar­chae­ol­o­gist and learn more about what lies be­neath.

Alan Hawkes, ar­chae­ol­o­gist, will give a talk on the im­por­tance of hillforts in Balt­in­glass.

April 2019 marked the 120th an­niver­sary of lo­cal democ­racy in Ire­land. To explore this im­por­tant land­mark in Ir­ish his­tory, an exhibition will take place in the County Build­ings in Wicklow town, in­clud­ing items from the Wicklow County Ar­chives.

Guests can visit the Abercorn Masonic Hall at Fer­ry­bank in Ark­low, or pay a visit to Ark­low Li­brary where au­thor Charles Egan will dis­cuss his trio of his­tor­i­cal nov­els based on the Great Famine.

Events in Bray from Au­gust 17 to Au­gust 25, 1944, will be dis­cussed at Bal­ly­waltrim Li­brary, while Grey­stones Li­brary will host John Turpin, for­mer Pro­fes­sor of Art His­tory and Di­rec­tor of the NCAD, for a talk on the his­tory of the Royal Hiber­nian Academy of Arts.

Dunlavin and Dis­trict Fo­rum and Scoil Nio­clais Naofa present a work­shop by Loretta Neary en­ti­tled ‘Bee keep­ing and honey pro­duc­tion with the Na­tive Ir­ish Honey Bee’.

The launch of the autism and sen­sory-friendly Del­gany Fairy Trail will take place dur­ing Her­itage Week. With fairy houses and other lit­tle gems to find, par­tic­i­pants will get a leaflet and try to solve puz­zles along the trail.

Whale watches will take place in both Bray and Wicklow town, while open days will be held at Nun’s Cross Church, Kil­liskey Par­ish, Ash­ford, which is over 200 years old.

A guided tour of Dunlavin be­gins with the com­mence­ment of the town as a com­mu­nity in 1660 by its founders.

Tem­ple­naskel­lig is Glendaloug­h’s in­ac­ces­si­ble ‘hid­den jewel’ and will be the fo­cus of an exhibition in the Brock­agh Re­source Cen­tre, high­light­ing it’s his­tory through ex­ca­va­tion ex­cerpts, pho­to­graphs, maps, il­lus­tra­tions and more.

En­niskerry Li­brary will host a liv­ing his­tory pop up mu­seum which will in­clude pho­to­graphs, doc­u­ments and items of lo­cal his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. At the Green Hol­low Play­ground in Dunlavin, chil­dren can get in­volved in a hands-on work­shop to make an insect ho­tel. A talk will take place in Glendaloug­h Vis­i­tors Cen­tre about the na­tive wood­lands in Glendaloug­h. An exhibition and in­ter­pre­ta­tion of arte­facts found dur­ing the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal dig last Novem­ber takes place in St Crispin’s Cell in Grey­stones. A Wicklow Moun­tains Na­tional Park guide will lead a walk in Glendaloug­h ex­plor­ing the sto­ries around St Kevin and his ties to na­ture.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit her­itage­ or the County Wicklow Her­itage web­site.

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