Thursday, 25 August 2016


Heritage week has snuck up on us this year following an amazing 8 days when Ennis and County Clare welcomed the All Ireland fleadh to Ennis.
There are loads of things to do- just click on the link above  to find out what is happening near you!!!!

Heritage Week - 10 Fun Things to do this Weekend

10 Fun Things to do this Weekend

We're halfway through Heritage Week already but don't worry, there's lots more to see and do over the next few days.

Why not step back in time and watch local wooden boats sailing in Baltimore Harbour or take the opportunity to learn traditional sculling, weather permitting!  On Sunday you can take to the water in Meath as the Boyne Navigation Restoration Group run free boat trips from the restored lock.

In Dublin, Merrion Square Open Day takes place on Saturday 27 August and offers a unique opportunity to get behind the doors of many houses not usually open to the public and enjoy a wide range of events, tours and music. Highlights include Archaeofest in Merrion Square Park, Recording the Tradition Exhibition at the Irish Traditional Music Archive and the Summer Sun Trail at the Natural History Museum.

Also on Saturday, visit VINTAGE (Very Interactive Nostalgic Toy and Game Exhibition) at Heritage House in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois. Play and learn about old children's games with prizes on offer for the best period costume.
So pack your sunglasses (and umbrellas) and get out and enjoy Ireland's heritage!

Read our full list of the top ten things to do this weekend.

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What's on Today

Got some time to spare this evening? Why not come along to a free Heritage Week event.

In Dublin, call in to St. Patrick's Cathedral for a little night jazz at 6.15pm, take a guided coastal walk in Dalkey at 7pm or hear a series of short talks on 100 Years of Heritage in Malahide at 7.30pm.

In Cork, take a geological garden tour at UCC at 6pm, take a revolutionary walking tour of the city at 7pm, or for something a bit different go to Gulpd cafe at 8pm for a discussion about the Cork Post-Punk Music Scene with music afterwards.

Elsewhere, there's a walking tour along Parliament Street, Kilkenny starting at 7pm, a walking tour of Drogheda starting at the Bridge of Peace at 7.30pm and a nocturnal wildlife walk at Mount Briscoe Organic Farm in Offaly at 8.30pm.

There's lots more happening around the country today. Check out the full event listings here.

Take our Audience Survey

Please take our Audience Survey and let us know about your Heritage Week experience.

You will be helping us to make Heritage Week 2017 even better!

Completed entries are eligible for a draw to win one of 5 OPW Family Heritage Cards worth €60.

The Heritage Card provides for free admission to all fee-paying State managed OPW Heritage Sites located throughout the country for one year (with the exception of Muckross Traditional Farms, Killarney). 

P.S. All OPW venues (except Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Goal) have free admission on Sunday 28th August to celebrate the final day of Heritage Week!

Win a Manor House Hotels Break

To celebrate Heritage Week, Manor House Hotels are offering one lucky winner and guest a fantastic two night B&B break, including dinner on one evening, in one of the 29 luxurious Manor House Hotels around Ireland.

Every Manor House Hotel has a fascinating historical story to tell and many will be staging special events to mark Heritage Week from medieval rooftop tours at the Pembroke Hotel in Kilkenny to heritage walks at BrookLodge & Macreddin Village in Wicklow.

To be in with a chance to win, click here.

The Irish Times Weekend Edition

The Irish Times is delighted to be a partner for Heritage Week again this year.

We have an exciting offer for new customers to tell you about. You can receive The Irish Times Weekend edition delivered to your door each Saturday and the digital pack, which includes unlimited access to on all devices for just €15 per month.

This is a great way to keep up to date with quality Irish journalism from our top writers every day.

Introductory offer. T&C's apply.

Click here for more details


Contact Us:

National Heritage Week
The Heritage Council
Church Lane
Co. Kilkenny

Tel +353 (0)56 777 0777
Fax +353 (0)56 777 0788



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