NO SHORTAGE OF WICKLOW EVENTS FOR HERITAGE WEEK
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 heritageweek.ie or the County Wicklow Heritage website.