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Monday 16 September 2019

Heritage Week continues

Saturday, August 24: Our Wicklow Women - Greystones Library will play host to the 'Our Wicklow Women' exhibition from 10am to 5pm.

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 info@sia.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 land-based 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.

Night of song

Ashford Community and Heritage Centre will a night of songs, sing alongs, traditional and popular music and story telling form 8 p.m. Admission is €10 at the door and includes refreshments.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

Open day at Wicklow Lighthouse

Imagine life as a lighthouse keeper on a self-guided tour of this restored 18th century lighthouse, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This will be an opportunity to see the conservation work of Irish Landmark Trust. Those attending are asked to park in the car park on the left before the lighthouse when approaching from Wicklow town and to note that child supervision is required due to the coastal location.

Wicklow town cliff walk

See spectacular scenery, flora and fauna on a historical loop walk organised by the Friends of the Murrough. A historical talk will be given at Lime Kiln Bay. Those interested in attending should note that a moderate level of agility required and that young children need supervision as the walk is along cliffs. The meeting point is the Glen Turn car park for noon.

Georgian House and Walled Garden

Luisne will be offering guided tours of the house and gardens in Kilcoole from 12.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. They will also be running a pop-up cafe during this family-friendly event. Admission is €5 for adults or €10 for families.

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.

Holy Well walk to Carrick mountain

Take part in a guided walk from Moneystown Community centre to Lady's Well on Carrick Mountain from 6 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

The ancient well, which is marked on the Neville Maps of 1760, was rediscovered in 2013.

There will be a talk on the history of the well and the area.

People are asked to book a place by email (to rosaleendurkin8@gmail.com) in order to give numbers needed for refreshments afterwards.

Historical walk and talk of Dunlavin village

Be guided step by step around Dunlavin village and learn about its development through time, beginning with the commencement of the village as a community in 1660 by its founders.

With historical information being imparted at the various points of interest, walkers will learn about the architecture, town layout, business, transport, sporting and social points of note along with many other interesting happenings as part of Dunlavin's rich heritage. Participants should meet at Market House at 7 p.m.

Participation is free and all are welcome to attend this very informative and interesting event.

Night of traditional song and story telling

Ashford Community and Heritage Centre will a night of songs, sing alongs, traditional and popular music and story telling from 8 p.m.

Admission is €10 at the door and includes refreshments which will be served on the night. All are welcome to attend.

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