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Breda Marron is leading a workshop in mandala painting in the Highlanes Gallery as part of Heritage Week

Breda Marron is leading a workshop in mandala painting in the Highlanes Gallery as part of Heritage Week

There's a special SEEK walking tour on Sunday as part of Heritage Week

There's a special SEEK walking tour on Sunday as part of Heritage Week

Old Mellifont Abbey is the venue for a number of Heritage Week events

Old Mellifont Abbey is the venue for a number of Heritage Week events

The Wild Child Walk takes place in Ravensdale on Saturday

The Wild Child Walk takes place in Ravensdale on Saturday

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Breda Marron is leading a workshop in mandala painting in the Highlanes Gallery as part of Heritage Week

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Heritage Week 2022 is in full swing with lots of activities still to enjoy in Co Louth.

The theme for this year’s Heritage Week put the focus sustainable heritage and biodiversity with lots of outdoor events for all the family to enjoy.

This year marks the return of in-person events and the organisers of events taking place in Louth have certainly embraced the opportunity to welcome people to explore our wonderful built and natural heritage.

  • Dundalk Library is hosting a talk on research into Cumann na mBan as part of Louth County Council’s Decade of Centenaries Programme on Tuesday August 16th at 6.30pm. Join Dr. Ciara Stewart in conversation with Anna Keenan on researches into  the Ardee Battalion of Cumann na mBan.
  • Plein Air charcoal and pastel drawing at Clogherhead on Wednesday August 17th from 11am to 3.30pm. Artist Cormac Dennis will demonstrate the benefits of working with hard and soft pastel. Participants are asked to bring their own painting materials of choice and a packed lunch. Light refreshments will be provided by Solstice Café. Further information and exact location will be emailed to participants closer to the date. For further phone 046 9092300 info@solsticeartscentre.ie
  • Highlanes Gallery is the venue for a reading by Drogheda writer and poet Roger Hudson from his latest collection of poems on Wednesday August 17th at 11am. Complimentary Tea/Coffee and a bun.
  • Earth Mandala Workshop with artist Breda Marron in Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda on Wednesday August 17th from 7.30pm to 9pm. This promises to be a relaxing and creative evening with materials and refreshments supplied. Booking required, €20,  0419803311 info@highlanes.ie
  • Urban Geology Field Trip of Dundalk. This popular event organised by Dundalk Tourist Office in association with Geological Survey Ireland returns on Thursday 18th with sessions at 11am and 2pm. Learn about the geological treasures to be found on a walk around town. Meeting at the Tourist Office.
  • Learn to care for your collection with Brian Walshe, Curator, County Museum, Dundalk. is a workshop for families advising children how they can care and record their own collection - be they toys or football cards or whatever inspires their imagination. This workshop will highlight how the Museum manages its own collection and will advise how children may do the same. Sessions take place on Thursday August 18th and Friday August 19th from 11.30am to 12.30p. Prior booking is essential by contacting the Museum at 042 9392999.
  • Ravensdale Forest Walk. Join Venora Holt for a magical walk through nature on Saturday August 20th from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Meeting at the car park in Ravensdale Park, Venora will lead walkers through the beautiful forest, full of fairy follies and foresters cottages. Meditate on the beauty of nature and immerse your senses on your journey. Forage in season. Enjoy a picnic under the giant fir trees. Suitable for family groups. Unfortunately no dogs. For further information phone 087 6479715 or venora.obrien@gmail.com
  • As part of National Heritage Week Water Heritage Day  a family-friendly action day takes place  at Templetown beach, on Saturday August  20th between 12-2pm. An Taisce’s Clean Coasts will be teaming up with Cooley Community Alert, and the Irish Coastguard and Local Authority Waters Programme will also attend.
  • Learn about bees at the font of honey – Old Mellifont Abbey on Saturday August 20th.   The abbey takes its names from the Latin Fons Mellis. Paddy from BeeWise will be in the lovely Chapter House and there will be a presentation each hour from 12noon to 4pm. Free of charge.
  • 'Wild Child' Walk  takes place in Ravensdale Park on Saturday August 20th from 10.30am to 1pm..This walk gives children  the  opportunity to have fun in nature, to connect with the hidden animals within the trees, and enjoy a picnic under gian fir trees. They can listen to stories of ancient warriors who roamed the forest glens and mountain valley, dance among the beech trees and hidden follies and above all, have fun. Contact 087 6479715 to book. Parents most welcome too!
  • Whale watching at Clogherhead on Saturday August 20th from 2pm to 4pm Hosted by The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group this annual event comprises free and guided whale watches at local headlands or vantage points, as part of All-Ireland whale watch day. This event is suitable for all ages and is aimed at everyone from the novice wildlife enthusiast to more experienced naturalist with an interest in biological recording. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions on the day, bring binoculars, your sense of humour and refreshments, but leave your pets at home. More information from 087 9145363 or bmartin@regintel.co
  • Learn about Drogheda artist Nano Reid and her life on a walking tour of  Drogheda with community historian Brendan Matthews on Saturday August 20th at 1pm
  • Booking required, charged at €5 per person. Tour will start outside in the Highlanes Gallery courtyard.
  • Go birdwatching on the Navvy Bank and learn about the seabirds of Dundalk Bay. Guided tour with Breffni Martin on Saturday August 21st at 5pm meeting  at Soldiers Point at 5pm. Bring binoculars if you have them. A free event suitable for families.
  • Discover the stories behind Dundalk’s amazing murals with the SEEK walking tour on Sunday August 21st.  This 80 minute tour explains the techniques uses by the artists as they celebrate Dundalk’s history. Meet outside Dundalk Lighting on the Ramparts at 11.30am. Booking via Eventbrite.
  • Join the National Biodiversity Data Centre, Ulster Wildlife and CEDaR for a Cross-border Marine Bioblitz at Carlingford Lough on Sunday August 21st. Team up with Explore Your Shore! at Templetown Beach, Co. Louth or Ulster Wildlife and CEDaR at Kilbroney, Co. Down from 11am to 1pm to explore the intertidal rocky shores at these locations, photographing and recording as many marine species as possible.
  • Underwater Citizen Science workshop presented by Dundalk Dive Sub Aqua at Greenore on Sunday August 21st at 1pm. 
  • An event to mark the 70th anniversary of the closure of LNWR Railway  is also taking place in Greenore Village on Sunday afternoon. Brian Larkin of the Greenore Railway Museum at the Co-Op is hosting a presentation/pictures of the Greenore Railway, a walk an talk of the unique Victorian village. Model Railway display open. Those going are invited to dress in the period costumes of the Victorian era. Further information 087 2620174 larkingreenore@yahoo.co.uk
  •  Historian Larry McDermott will lead a walk and talk in Inniskeen Village on Sunday August 21st at 3pm. Meet at the car park opposite the Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen
  • Visit some of Louth’s finest Big Houses. Rokeby Hall and gardens, a 18th century country house built by the renowned Irish architect Francis Johnson, is open throughout Heritage Week from Saturday August 13th to Sunday August 21st from 10am to 2pm daily. There are also guided tours of the house, which is at Grange Bellew near Dunleer, at 10am, 11am 12noon and 1pm. Beaulieu House, Drogheda is also open for Heritage Week from Monday August 15th to Sunday August 21st, with house and garden tours from 1pm to 5pm. There is also a chance to visit Killiner House and Gardens outside Drogheda, from Sunday August 14th to Sunday August 28th from 9am to 10am.
  • MonArt Minatures Exhibition at Lawless Barbers, Park Street is a collection of over 100 fine art giclee prints of works by local artist Miriam Fox who specialises in capturing our heritage through her drawings of buildings, monuments, railways, steam trains and ships. Exhibition on view until the end of August, admission free.

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