THURS­DAY, AU­GUST 22

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - WHAT’S ON -

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.

BUT­TER­FLY WATCH

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.

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