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Spa Fenit Community Council members Nora Landers, Dermot Crowley, John Foley, Peter Carmody and Michelle Burke are busy putting the finishing touches on this year’s Heritage Weekend at the Forge in Churchill. The annual event – which this year will involve extensive social distancing measures due to the Coronavirus – takes place on Saturday, August 15. Photo John Cleary

Spa Fenit Community Council members Nora Landers, Dermot Crowley, John Foley, Peter Carmody and Michelle Burke are busy putting the finishing touches on this year’s Heritage Weekend at the Forge in Churchill. The annual event – which this year will involve extensive social distancing measures due to the Coronavirus – takes place on Saturday, August 15. Photo John Cleary

Spa Fenit Community Council members Nora Landers, Dermot Crowley, John Foley, Peter Carmody and Michelle Burke are busy putting the finishing touches on this year’s Heritage Weekend at the Forge in Churchill. The annual event – which this year will involve extensive social distancing measures due to the Coronavirus – takes place on Saturday, August 15. Photo John Cleary

Spa Fenit Community Council will next month celebrate Heritage Weekend at the Forge in Churchill on Saturday August 15 and Sunday August 16 2020. To conform with Government and HSE guidelines, the programme of events will be restricted somewhat this year.

On Saturday August 15, organisers will have a Vintage Car Run, beginning at the Forge in Churchill at 7pm and visiting Ardfert and Ballyheigue before returning to Churchill.

At 12pm on Sunday August 16 it is the turn of the Vintage Tractors. A variety of makes and models will leave the Forge in Churchill and will travel around the parish returning again to the Forge about 2pm.

A novel introduction this year will be an assessment and valuation of antiques by a panel of experts. Organisers are inviting all who have antique jewellery, furniture, glass or paintings to bring them along for professional review. The panel of experts include Dr. Donal Cahill, Paudie Commane, Billy Nolan and Foley Restoration.

Professor Cahill was educated in UCD and Trinity College, Dublin. He studied the History of Art in the Sorbonne and Caen University. He has lectured in Switzerland and is currently lecturing in Amiens in France where he also works in an Art Museum.

Paudie Commane, Book Merchant, in Rock Street, Tralee specalises in rare, unique and oddball books. Books of local Kerry interest are his speciality. His shop was originally a hardware store and has been in the Commane family for over 60 years.

Billy Nolan is a well known family jeweller and has an award winning customer service team in Tralee. His family are trading in Kerry since 1853. Billy has two business in Tralee - Hilsers & Billy Nolan Jewellers which are run by his daughters Keira and Louise. Billy specialises in antique gold, diamonds, silverware, glass and coins.

Foley Restoration is a second generation Kerry based restoration company with over 30 years' experience in furniture restoration and French polishing. They operate from Lee Brook, Tralee, adjacent to the picturesque Ballyseedy Woods.

Also arranged is the annual dog show which is a great attraction each year and additionally, they will also showcase arts and crafts associated with the Heritage of the area.

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