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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Live music at Carrowmore part of Heritage week events

The ancient stones at Carrowmore will play host to a day of music
The ancient stones at Carrowmore will play host to a day of music

Heritage Week 2019, which takes place nationwide from 17th to 25th of August, will include a guided walking tour of Sligo town by author Padraic Feehily and historian and author Dr Fiona Gallagher, a storytelling night with Joe McGowan and a day of live music among the ancient stones of Carrowmore.

National Heritage Week is a celebration of Ireland's built, natural and cultural heritage and aims to generate awareness, appreciation and preservation of our wonderful resources. and this year's chosen theme is the celebration of Pastimes and Past Times.

The Heritage Week programme for Sligo features events for all ages, most of which are free to attend. Local highlights include:

Walking the Past Of Sligo Town, Sligo Main Post Office, Lower O'Connell Street-22nd August. Discover more about Sligo through the buildings, characters and families of this ever-changing, historic market town. Guided by author Padraic Feehily, and historian and author, Dr Fiona Gallagher.

Storytelling Night with Joe McGowan, Ósta Café & Wine Bar Sligo, 23rd August. Join author and historian Joe McGowan and the Sligo Heritage & History Club for an evening of reliving the stories and legends once told around the firesides of the past.Music at the Megaliths, Carrowmore Visitor Centre, 25th August. A day of live music among the ancient stones of Carrowmore. Informal sessions and performances will be taking place on the site throughout the day.

Speaking ahead of the launch of Heritage Week 2019 the CEO of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan said: "The theme of this year's National Heritage Week - 'Pastimes | Past Times' - is one that will appeal to anyone who can remember what it is to be a child, who has a hobby, enjoys a craft, is an enthusiastic collector, plays an instrument or just likes to tell stories. We hope this year, as in previous years, you find something to enjoy by yourself, with friends or with family."

Coordinated by the Heritage Council since 2005, National Heritage Week has become one of Ireland's largest cultural events. Last year, more than half a million people attended in excess of 2,200 events across the country, most of which were hosted by communities, volunteers and individuals who champion Ireland's heritage in its many forms.

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