TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
TEXTILE TOUR Join a walking tour of Stratfordon-Slaney exploring the cotton
mill and textile heritage of this purpose-built model industrial town. The walk starts at Camphill Grangebeg and The Bridge at 10.30 a.m. and should last until 12.30 p.m. approximately. Participation is free but advance booking is required by calling 087 9944729.
Children will be invited to take part in this drawing and painting workshop, focusing on Dunlavin’s heritage, including the iconic Market House building, at Scoil Nioclais Naofa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free but advance booking is required by calling 087 9627389.
SUAS PROJECT OPEN DAY
The inaugural SUAS project (Sustainable Uplands Agri-environment Scheme) open day at Hollywood Community Centre from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will provide insight into the project through short talks and a site visit to a participating farm. Booking is essential as a shuttle bus and refreshments will be provided. Appropriate clothing and footwear is a must. This event is free but booking is essential and can be done by emailing [email protected] wicklowuplands.ie
LIVING HISTORY EXHIBITION
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Enniskerry Library will host a free pop-up exhibition featuring photographs, documents and items of local historical significance (many submitted by local people), showcasing a living history of Enniskerry.
EXCAVATION TOURS OF GLENDALOUGH
Take part in a guided tour of the UCD Archaeology/Glendalough Heritage Forum excavations at Glendalough. Participants should meet at 2 p.m. at the round tower in the cemetery and be aware that parking can be very difficult in Glendalough. Anyone who may need wheelchair access should contact organisers at glendaloughheritagefo[email protected] com
TOUR OF WICKLOW GAOL
Step back in time at Wicklow’s Historic Gaol, engage the senses and bring to life two of the most turbulent centuries of Irish history from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Discounted admission rate for adults is €4.75, for children is €3.25 and for a family is €13.
ABERCORN MASONIC LODGE
Come along and visit the Abercorn Masonic Hall at Ferrybank, Arklow, which was founded in the 19th century. It will be open to all ages from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event is child friendly and admission is free.
Baltinglass Heritage Committee will lead a walking tour of local shops and other buildings to discover more about their fascinating history and former uses. Meet at Reilly’s Filling Station, Parkmore, Baltinglass at 6.30 p.m. Admission free.
Author Charles Egan will visit Arklow library at 7 p.m. to discuss his trio of historical novels based on the Great Famine: The Killing Snows, The Exile Breed and Cold is the Dawn. Admission is free but places must be booked in advance by emailing arklowli[email protected]lowcoco.ie.
BIRDS OF THE AVONMORE RIVER
Join Oran O’Sullivan from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at the Wicklow Mountains National Park Education Centre, Upper Lake, Glendalough, for a talk about the birds of the Avonmore River and its surrounding woods. This event is being held in conjucntion with Wicklow County Council and admision is free.
THE NATIVE IRISH HONEY BEE
Loretta Neary presents an informative workshop entitled ‘Bee keeping and honey production with the Native Irish Honey Bee’ at Scoil Nioclais Naofa, Dunlavin, from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.
BAT RIVER WALK
Join the East Wicklow Rivers Trust at Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford, from 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. to learn all about the bat life around rivers during this night-time walk with ecologist Faith Wilson. Participants should wear warm clothes and strong footwear and bring a torch. Participation is free but places must be booked in advance on wicklowrivers.ie. This walk will not go ahead if it’s too wet.
Sean Quirke, deputy CEO of Wicklow County Council, Minister Simon Harris, Cllr Irene Winters, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council, Co Wicklow Heritage Officer Deirdre Burns, Catherine Wright, County Archivist, and Minister Eoghan Murphy launching the Wicklow programme for Heritage Week.
rdens in Ashford during the free tour on Thursday, August 22.