Events galore for Heritage Week
A SERIES of events across Louth have been organised to celebrate Heritage Week, which takes place from August 23 to the end of the month, and there is plenty to enjoy in Dundalk and in the north of the county.
And Senator Mary Moran has encouraged local people to get involved in some of the activities in order to enjoy some of the remarkable beauty of Louth.
The Cooley Ramble - the archaeological and folklife features in the Grange Irish area - will be led by Paul Gosling on Saturday, August 23, from 10.30am to 15.30am and the meeting point is near Murphy's Garage, Bush on the Dundalk-to-Carlingford road.
Local historian and author Noel Sharkey will lead a tour of St Paul's Graveyard, Heynestown, Dundalk on Thursday, August 28, at 7pm.
Beginners birdwatching for children, mixed up with origami and other craft activities, will allow people to learn about waders and geese at the new hide and then make their very own flock of paper creations.
This is aimed at the under-12-year-olds and will take place on Sunday, August 31, at the Lurgangreen Birdwatching Hide, Dublin Road, from noon to 2.30pm
You can also participate in a group where a Louth archivist will show you how to index a selection of archives for online access. Knowledge of using computers is essential for 50% of participants to facilitate database entry. Results will be placed on the website. This event will take place in the Old Gaol, Ardee Road, Dundalk on Monday, August 25, from 9.30am to 1pm and on the following day at the same time.
A history-themed event run by the Louth County Archives Service will take place on Thursday, August 27, in the Old Gaol from 9.30am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm.
For the lovers of railway, the Dundalk Railway Heritage Society has organised a local railway heritage walking tour on Saturday, August 30, at 11am.
The tour, which will be conducted by a railway historian and committee members of the society and will be about an hour long, will start at Dundalk railway station at 11am and conclude at the new Tesco, Dundalk. Everyone is welcome. For more details on events in Louth for Heritage Week, log on to www.heritageweek.ie.