THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
MUSIC TIME FOR TODDLERS
Focusing on traditional Irish music, music time for toddlers under the beautiful oak tree in Market Square Park in Dunlavin promises to be one of the highlights of Heritage week. Music time takes place from 11 a.m. to noon. Admission free.
TOUR OF MOUNT USHER GARDENS
Enjoy a complimentary guided tour of Mount Usher Gardens which is included in the admission charge today. Join experienced gardeners for a more detailed look at what is recognised as one of the greatest examples of the Robinsonian style of garden. Mount Usher includes the national collections of both Northofagus and Eucryphia trees in addition to a beautiful collection of plants and trees from around the world. Tours take place from 11 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Booking essential, call 0404 49672.
BRAY IN 1944
Join Bray Cualann Historical Society at 11.30 a.m. in Ballywaltrim Library for a look back at life in Bray from August 17 to 25, 1944. Admission is free.
OLD BURIAL GROUND
During this free event at 11.30 a.m., discover more about the old burial ground in Delgany Village, which daties back to the ninth century and contains an early high granite monumental cross, sadly with its shaft missing. However, remaining stump still shows a legible inscription. A treasured trace of the original 13th century church is still standing. There are also 20 dome-shaped 18th century slated limestone slab tomb stones, with very fine Elizabethan lettering clearly showing.
Drop by the Miners’ Village at the Upper Lake, Glendalough, any time from noon to 4 p.m. The village is home to one of Ireland’s most camouflaged butterflies, the Grayling, and there will be a National Parks guide on duty here to introduce visitors to this little gem. The Miners’ Village is a 2km walk from the Upper Lake car park. This event is weather dependent. In the event that the weather is bad, or the graylings are not on the wing, the event will move to the garden of the Information Office, looking for other butterfly species. Participation is free.
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]
HILLFORTS OF BALTINGLASS
Archaeologist Alan Hawkes will give a talk on the archaeological significance of the Baltinglass Hillfort complex, with special reference to the most recent discoveries from 7 p.m. to 8.15 p.m. at the Baltinglass Courthouse, Weaver Square. Supported by Wicklow County Council, guests at this event will also have an opportunity to visit the old cells and the courthouse building and view the exhibition of local archaeological sites. Admission is free.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY LECTURE
John Turpin will deliver the Greystones Archeological and Historical Society’s Heritage Week Lecture at 7 p.m. in Greystones Library. An art historian and former Director of the NCAD, Mr Turpin will speak on his recently published History of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts. This is a free event but advanced booking is required and can be done by contacting the library on 01 2873548.