Sunday 25 February 2018

Exploring our local heritage

John Manning

HERITAGE Week comes to Fingal this weekend with a host of events celebrating the county's rich heritage taking place right across the region.

Heritage Week runs from Saturday, August 23 to Sunday, August 31, this year.

The theme of Heritage Week 2014 is 'Generations Exploring Heritage Together', which aims to provide a platform for families to come together to explore their heritage.

'It's a great opportunity to get out and about and explore your local heritage,' said Gerry Clabby, Fingal County Council's Heritage Officer.

He added: 'There are many family friendly events taking place in Fingal during the week such as workshops, talks and walks. So why not go and see what there is to enjoy in Fingal during Heritage Week?'

There are a wide range of events (over 50) happening across Fingal.

On Saturday, August 23, the Fingal Local Studies & Archives in Clonmel House will hold an exhibition 'The Hely-Hutchinsons of Swords and the Great War', based on the original letters from home from the Front by Lt. Col. Richard Hely-Hutchinson.

On Tuesday, August 26, Dr. Matthew Parkes of the National Museum will hold a coastal geology walk in Portrane to look at some of Fingal's unique geology, and on Wednesday, August 27, Dr Parkes will hold a walk in Portmarnock.

On Wednesday, August 27, Simone Mancini, Head of Conservation at the National Gallery will talk about the Restoration Project which will take place on the Battle of the Boyne painting by Jan Wyck, which hangs in the Great Hall in Malahide Castle.

Also on Wednesday, August 27 Fingal's Biodiversity Officer will hold a bat walk in St. Catherine's Park, Lucan. On Thursday 28th Jim Fay will give a talk on 'Memories of Blanchardstown' in Blanchardstown Library.

On Saturday, August 30 in Baldoyle Library Paul Duffy will talk about the community archaeology project in Seagrange.

During the week Fingal Libraries will hold talks on World War I by Padraig Yeates, and on the Asgard and the Howth Gun Running by Pat Murphy.

During the week Fingal Libraries will also hold Newgrange Willow Design workshops for five to 12-year-olds to learn to make willow crafts, and 'Our Natural Heritage' workshops for seven to 11-year-olds for youngsters to discover the natural world.

And there's much, much more. The Event Guide for Fingal, listing full details of all events can be downloaded from the heritage week website

Fingal Independent

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