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Saturday 29 November 2014

What's on in Louth and Meath

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

Director of Highlanes Gallery Aoife Ruane, artist Sharon Kelly, Kids’ Own creative director Orla Kenny, artist Ann Donnelly and Deirdre Quail (F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio) at the Kids’ Own exhibition opening at Highlanes Gallery.

ART Exhibition by Diane Pattison, a contemporary painter working with real earth pigments, which she makes herself from coloured rocks, clays and soils collected in the UK and Ireland. Venue: Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre. Cost: Free. Email: brunaboinne@opw.ie. It opens on August 23rd at 10am and runs to 6pm each day.

There is a free Art Workshop with Di Pattison on August 24th from 11am - noon. Booking needed.

AUGUST 23-31

Free Tours of the Hill of Slane are offered by local volunteers which will detail some of the history of the site and explain its monuments. Venue: Hill of Slane Car Park. Cost: Free. Organiser: Slane Community Forum. Email: slaneforummail@gmail.com. Telephone: 041 9824000. Runs at various times, starting August 23rd 3-4pm, and same times from August 25th-31st, not August 30.

AUGUST 23

Celebrate Irish children's books with a visit to Brú na Bóinne visitor centre to hear Philip Barrett talk about his brilliantly funny book 'Where's Larry?' and what it's like to be an illustrator. Venue: Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre. Cost: Free, no booking needed. For under 12s. 2-3pm.

AUGUST 23

Slane Castle has been home to the Conyngham family since 1703. Steeped in history and flanked by the River Boyne, the castle has a mystical quality. Venue: Slane Castle. Cost Adult: €7.00. Cost Child: €5.00. Cost Concession: €20.00. Email: info@slanecastle.ie. noon to 5pm.

AUGUST 23

Tours of Rokeby Hall. Tour an 18th century home designed by Thomas Cooley and built by Francis Johnston for Archbishop Richard Robinson. Rokeby was designed as a family home and remains in use today for that purpose. Venue: Rokeby Hall. Cost Adult: €5.00. Telephone: 086 8644228. 10am to 2pm. No booking.

AUGUST 23

Ardee and World War 1. Exhibition on the role played by Ardee locals in World War 1. 10am to 5pm. Venue Name: Ardee Branch Library. Free.

AUGUST 23

The Fortunes and Possessions of the Great Houses of Louth in the Eighteenth Century. This lecture presented by George Williams, antique dealer and educator, who using original source material and classic illustrations will share his passion and knowledge of this period in Co. Louth. Venue: Highlanes Gallery. Free. 12- 1pm.

AUGUST 24

Conserving Paintings in the Collection: An Insight. Conservator Siobhan Conyngham discusses recent conservation work on Gerard Dillon's Fast Day & other works from the Collection and shares tips on best practice in the care of fine art. Venue: Highlanes Gallery. Booking required: Free. 2-3pm.

AUGUST 24

The members of Ardee Archery Club demonstrate their skill and invite you to 'Have a Go'. Venue: Old Mellifont Abbey. Free. Email: mellifontabbey@opw.ie. 10am to 4.30pm.

AUGUST 24-31

Conducted garden tour of Thomas Wrights 18th Century garden and 4 acre walled garden and woodland walk. Venue: Barmeath Castle. Cost Adult: €5.00. Cost Child: €3.00. Telephone: 041 6851205. 2-5pm.

AUGUST 24

This event forms part of All-Ireland Whale Watch day, which invites the public and visitors alike to join the experts in IWDG for a free and guided land-based whale watch at a local headland. You should dress appropriately for the weather on the day and leave your pets at home. Please note there are no boat trips and all watches are land-based. There are of course no guarantees of sightings. There will be a short 15 minute walk from the meeting point to the actual watch site. Meet at Port Oriel upper car park, 2-5pm. Free. Telephone: 087 9145363

AUGUST 24

Hunt around the ruins of the Abbey to find Malachy Monk! He will reveal the secrets of life in a Medieval Monastery and give you the chance to win fun prizes: Events for under 12s. Old Mellifont Abbey . Also tile painting. 10am to 5pm. Free.

AUGUST 23-24

The appearance of our Curiosity Cart will give our younger audience a chance to view and learn about items relating to the battle. Venue: Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre. Free. It's on August 23 and 24th, 3-4pm and August 30 and 31st.

AUGUST 23-24

Poetry Day. Free admission to the museum and garden with guided tours for visitors during the dates and hours stated. Poets and poetry lovers welcome to read their favourite poem. Venue: Francis Ledwidge Museum. Free. Organiser: Francis Ledwidge Museum Committee. Email: info@francisledwidge.com. 11-4pm.

AUGUST 24 AND 31

Enjoy free guided tours of the Hill of Tara, the Ancient Capital of Ireland. Free admission also to the Audio Visual Show: Tara, A Royal Sanctuary. Venue: Hill of Tara Visitor Centre. Telephone: 046 9025903. No booking needed. Dates: 24th August and 31st from 10am to 5pm.

AUGUST 24

Explore the Boyne Valley Garden Trail with a Victorian Guide. Enjoy a walk and talk, followed by Tea on the Lawn and a children's competition. Venue: Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Oldbridge House. Cost: Free. Organiser: Boyne Valley Garden Trail. Email: boynevalleygardentrail@gmail.com. No booking needed. 3-5pm.

AUGUST 24 AND 31

Victorian Basement Experience. Come along and experience a servant's life in Oldbridge House during Victorian times. Venue: Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre. Free. Organiser: Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre. Email: battleoftheboyne@opw.ie.

AUGUST 24 AND 31

17th Century Living History displays of black powder musket firing and cavalry horse demonstrations every hour. Venue: Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre. Free. Organiser: Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre. 10am to 4.45pm.

AUGUST 24

The Lady Well Fete is a Family Event that presents the best of everything that Slane Village and Community has to offer - with Local & Heritage info, Arts & Crafts, Great Food, Entertainment. Venue: Slane Castle Grounds .Cost Adult: €5.00. Cost Child: Free. Organiser: Slane Community Forum - Lady Well Fete Committee. 1-6pm.

AUGUST 24

A Talk on Vere Foster and his contribution to Irish Education. Vere Henry Louis Foster was born in 1819. The family seat was at Glyde Court, Ardee. Venue: Drumconrath Parish Centre. Organiser: Drumconrath/Lobinstown & Districts Cultural and Heritage Society. Email: larryandattracta@gmail.com. Telephone: 041 6854161. No booking. 3-4.15pm.

AUGUST 30

Slane: 2.30pm to 5.30pm. An Archaeological Remote Sensing Demonstration on the Hill of Slane will introduce visitors to the range of archaeological geophysics techniques being used in the Hill of Slane project and present some of the results recorded to date. It's on the hill and is free. Email: slaneforummail@gmail.com. Telephone: 041 9824000. Website: hillofslane.wordpress.com.

AUGUST 30

A walk on The Commons of Duleek with Donal Synnott sharing the rich history and heritage of our precious Commons. Venue: Station Road Duleek Commons Gate. Free. Organiser: Duleek Heritage Group. Email: duleekheritagegroup@gmail.com. 11am to noon. Telephone: 086 2267745.

AUGUST 31

Stargazing at Newgrange with The Irish Astronomical Association. View the heavens from the world's first astronomical observatory! This event is strictly limited to 50 persons. Children over 12 years old are welcome. Venue: Newgrange National Monument. It's free. Website: www.heritageireland.ie and booking needed. It runs from 8pm to 10.30pm.

AUGUST 31

Free Guided Tours of Newgrange And Knowth Heritage Site.Venue: Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre. No booking needed. 9am to 5.30pm

AUGUST 31

The annual Feis Teamhra celebrates Tara with music and poetry from Susan McKeown, Paul Muldoon and friends. This year's featured guests are Hugo Hamilton, Nuala Ní Dhomhnall and Christine Tobin. Venue: Hill of Tara Visitor Centre. Cost: Free. 3-5pm.

AUGUST 31

Clogherhead Wildlife Adventure. Explore the "Burren" of Louth with its spectacular flowers, heading for the seawatching point for seabirds and even whales or porpoises, finishing with a harbour visit for auks. Venue: Port Oriel. Free. Organiser: Louth Nature Trust. Telephone: 087 9598767. 4-6pm.

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