SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
OUR WICKLOW WOMEN
Greystones Library will play host to the ‘Our Wicklow Women’ exhibition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The focus will be on the inspirational Wicklow women associated with Greystones and its surrounds and will highlight the vital contributions made to the community by these women of Wicklow. This is a free event.
LIVING HISTORY EXHIBITION
From 11 a.m. to 1 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.
FORGING THE PAST
Drop into the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to see a traditional blacksmithing display. Venison dishes will also be available. Admission is free.
BIG DIG IN BALTINGLASS
Join the School of Irish Archaeology on this simulated archaeological excavation in which children can practice being an archaeologist and learn more about what lies beneath. This event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Courthouse, Weaver Square, Baltinglass. Booking is required for hourly slots and can be done by contacting [email protected] ie. Participation 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.
THE EARL OF MEATH’S LIBERTY
Genealogist and lecturer, Sean J Murphy, will present an illuminating talk on the Earl of Meath, and the Brabazon family’s involvement with the development of the Liberties in Dublin. Meeting at the front of Killruddery house at noon, the group will be invited into the ornate library in the main house. Free entry to the house and gardens on the day with a complimentary house tour following the talk. Participants is free but places are limited. Booking is necessary and can be done at killruddery.com
WHALE WATCH AT BRAY HEAD
Join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. for its annual, free and guided land-based whale watch at Bray Head, as part of All-Ireland Whale Watch day. While there are no guarantees of sightings, with reasonable weather there is a good chance of seeing some of the marine species that can be viewed locally.
WHALE AND DOLPHIN WATCH
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group invites the public along to their annual, free and guided landbased whale watch. The meeting point for the three hour-long event is the Black Caste car park in Wicklow town for 2 p.m. While there are no guarantees of sightings, given reasonable weather participants have a good chance of seeing some of the marine species that can be viewed locally.
NUN’S CROSS CHURCH OPEN DAY
Between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., explore the 200-year-old Gothic revival church at Nun’s Cross, which is influenced by architect Francis Johnston and has connections to Roger Casement and JM Synge. The church contains an astonishing array of ‘treasures’ outstanding not only for their quality but also for their diversity and interest. Home to a rich collection of items in wood, stone and marble which have direct links to the great international revival of design and artistic craftsmanship known as the Arts and Crafts Movement. Admission is free.
WALLED GARDEN TOUR
Join an expert from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Russborough team at 2.30 p.m. to learn about the history and restoration of the 18th century walled garden at Russborough House and Parklands in Blessington. Admission is free.
FAIRY TRAIL LAUNCH
Delgany Tidy Towns will launch its autism- and sensory-friendly fairy trail from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Blind Lane, Priory Road. With fairy houses and other little gems to find, children will be given a leaflet and solve puzzles along the trail. There will also be facepainting, treats and activities The trail is 300 metres long, is on an aggregate pathway and has a gradual incline. Admission is free.
FAMILY SELFIE SCAVENGER HUNT
Solve the clues to figure out what feature of our heritage you are looking for – find it and take a selfie with all your team members. From 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Meet at the Market House, Dunlavin. Admission free.
CEILIURADH: A CELTIC MISCELLANY
Blessington Comhaltas presents an acoustic candlelit concert with Maca and Ger Fitzgerald (bean an sean-nos) at St Kevin’s Church of Ireland, Hollywood, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Learn more about some of the old graves at Delgany’s old burial ground on Sunday, August 18, Thursday, August 22, and Saturday, August 24.