SATUR­DAY, AU­GUST 24

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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.

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