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65 Heritage Week events confirmed for Clare

Date17 August 2019 to 25 August 2019
LocationVarious, County wide

‘Pastimes. Past Times’ is the main theme of Heritage Week 2019 with 65 events so far confirmed to take place around County Clare from 17 August to 25 August.

The 17th annual celebration of County Clare’s built, natural and cultural heritage is being coordinated locally by Clare County Council and The Heritage Council, with support from Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The annual initiative is Ireland’s most popular cultural event and this year over 450,000 people nationwide are expected to participate in over 2,000 events aimed at encouraging people to take an interest in their local heritage.

Clare County Council has confirmed that local events taking place include field trips, film screenings, workshops, exhibitions, maritime excursions, historical re-enactments, and local history walks and talks.

Among the events and activities is whale watching at Black Head Lighthouse; “The Story of a Cave Rescue” at Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee; a talk on Cahiracon House at Kildysart Community Centre; “Bugs, Blooms and the Burren” at the UCG Research Station in Carran; and “Life on the Seashore” at Bishop’s Quarter beach.

Cllr. Cathal Crowe, Mayor of Clare, said, “Heritage Week will help to encourage a greater sense of ownership of and respect for Clare’s unique heritage amongst people throughout the County.”

He added, “Clare County Council and the organisers of the various events should be commended for the central role they play in conserving and protecting our heritage for future generations.”

Congella McGuire, Clare County Council Heritage Officer, commented: “One of the primary objectives of Clare Heritage Week is to further increase engagement between the people of Clare and the heritage of their county. In doing so, we hope to engender a greater sense of awareness and appreciation of Clare’s cultural, built and natural heritage.”

“In order to facilitate the needs of families it was decided once again to hold Heritage Week in mid to late August so that parents could participate in the various events, many of which are outdoors, with their children before they return to school”, added. Ms. McGuire.

Meanwhile, the Heritage Council is once again hosting the National Heritage Week Awards recognising the work of event organisers and volunteers taking part during Heritage Week 2019.   Recipients will be honoured at a Heritage Council Awards Day. Visit www.heritageweek.ie or contact 1850-200878 for more details on events happening in Clare.

Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS BY AREA, HERITAGE WEEK 2019

WEST CLARE

All Week:
- Museum of Irish Rural Life. Old Creamery, Cooraclare Rd., Kilrush (9am-7:15pm): Free.
Tel. 087 1735333.
-   Guided Tours of Scattery Island. Kilrush (10am-5pm): Free (Ferry Boat Charge does apply; info@scatteryislandtours.com, scatteryislandtours.com

Saturday 17 August:
- Geology Walk: Loop Head through Time. Loop Head Lighthouse, Kilbaha (11am-12pm): Free. Anthea.lacchia@icrag-centre.org, icrag-centre.org/
- A Heritage Walk of Kilkee. Starts Stella Maris Hotel (11am-1pm): Free. martin@loopheadwalkingtours.ie
- Ceramics and Geology Workshop. Elliot Centre, Smths Gardens, Kilkee (2.30pm-5pm): Free. Anthea.lacchia@icrag-centre.org, icrag-centre.org/

Sunday 18 August
- Nature Walk on Scattery Island. Kilrush (12pm-3pm): Free (Ferry Boat charge does apply). info@scatteryislandtours.com, scatteryislandtours.com

Monday 19 August
- Dr Ignatius Murphy Exhibition. Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee (10am-5:30pm): Free. cst@clarelibrary.ie

Tuesday 20 August
- A Look Back at Local Heritage. Miltown Malbay Resource Centre, Ballard Road (11am-3pm): Free. Tel. 065 7084774

Wednesday 21 August
- Jackie Daly Remembers, Aras OaC, Flag Road, Miltown Malbay (4pm-5pm): Free. eolas@oac.ie, oac.ie
- The Story of a Cave Rescue. Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee (8pm-9pm): Free. secretary@kilkeecivictrust.org
- Turret Lodge: Understanding the Challenges of Historic Buildings. Teach Cheoil, Kilrush (7pm-8:30pm): Free. nancy@acpgroup.ie, acpgroup.ie

Thursday 22 August
- Michael Meade Remembers. Aras OaC, Flag Road, Miltown Malbay (4pm-5:45pm): Free. eolas@oac.ie, oac.ie
- Cahiracon House: Back to its Future. Kildysart Community Centre (7:30pm-9pm): Free. cmurphy@clarecoco.ie
- Susan Crawford Remembers. Aras OaC, Flag Road, Miltown Malbay (8pm-9:45pm): Free eolas@oac.ie, oac.ie

Friday 23 August
- PJ Murrihy Remembers. Aras OaC, Flag Road, Miltown Malbay (4pm-5pm): Free. eolas@oac.ie, oac.ie
- Bog Walk, Clontabonniv, Connolly. Start Carney’s Bar, Connolly (7pm-9pm): Free. connollytidyvillages@gmail.com
- Canon Michael McLaughlin Remembers. Aras OaC, Flag Road, Miltown Malbay (8pm-10:15pm): Free. eolas@oac.ie, oac.ie

Saturday 24 August
- Labasheeda – The Shannon Estuary Way. St Kieran’s Community Centre, Labasheeda (10:30am-4pm): Free. mcdonaghst@hotmail.com
- Whale Watch Ireland 2019 – Loop Head. Lighthouse, Loop Head (2pm-5pm): Free. Simon.berrow@iwdg.ie, iwdg.ie
- Nell Gleeson Remembers. Aras OaC, Flag Road, Miltown Malbay (4pm-5pm): Free. eolas@oac.ie, oac.ie
- Memories of Football in Miltown. Aras OaC, Flag Road, Miltown Malbay (8pm-9:45pm): Free. eolas@oac.ie, oac.ie
- A Heritage Walk of Kilkee. Starts Stella Maris Hotel (11am-1pm): Free. martin@loopheadwalkingtours.ie

Sunday 25 August
- Open Day at Loop Head House. Lightkeeper’s House (10am-4pm): Free. caroline@irishlandmark.com, irishlandmark.com
- House Dance on Scattery Island. Kilrush (1pm-4pm). Free (Ferry Boat Charge does apply). info@scatteryislandtours.com, scatteryislandtours.com
- Memories & Memorabilia in Kilrush. Teach Cheoil, Kilrush (4pm-7pm). Free. kilrushhistoricalsociety@gmail.com , kdhs.ie

NORTH CLARE

Saturday 17 August
- On Your Bike: Selfie Treasure Hunt. Dysart O’Dea Castle (11am-12:30pm): Family €10. info@clarewalks.ie, clarewalks.ie

Sunday 18 August
- Oughtmama and Corcomroe Abbey. Corcomroe Abbey (1:30pm-5pm): Free. shannonsociety@gmail.com

Wednesday 21 August
- Bugs, Blooms and the Burren. UCG Research Station, Carran (11am-1pm): Free. info@burrenbeo.com, burrenbeo.com
- Life on the Seashore. Bishop’s Quarter beach car park, near Ballyvaughan (2pm-4pm): Free. burrenoec@lcetb.ie, burrenoec.com

Saturday 24 August
- Whale Watch Ireland 2019 – Black Head. Lighthouse, Black Head (2pm-5pm): Free. sanod2@gmail.com, iwdg.ie

Sunday 25 August
- Open Day at Inchiquin House, Corofin (10am-4pm): Free. caroline@irishlandmark.com, irishlandmark.com

SHANNON & ENVIRONS

Saturday 17 August
- Shannon Town Community Wetlands. Meet at carpark between Gaelscoil Donncha Rua and Tir na nOg playground (2pm-4pm): Free. shannonwetlands@gmail.com

Wednesday 21 August
- Hastings Farmhouse (between Crematorium and Illaunamanagh Graveyard), Shannon (7.30pm-8:30pm): Free. Duchasnasionna22@gmail.com, duchasnasionna.eu

Thursday 22 August
- Tour of Ballintlea Mill. Assemble in the Square, Sixmilebridge (6.15pm-7.30pm): Free. deighande@eircom.net

EAST CLARE

Thursday 22 August
- Famine Walk in Tulla Village. Tulla Library, Old Market House, Tulla (7pm-8:30pm): Free. tulla@irelandxo.com, irelandxo.com/Ireland/clare/tulla-clare

Saturday 24 August
- Tracing your Family Tree. Backroom of Minogue’s Bar, Tulla (10am-12pm): Free. tulla@irelandxo.com, irelandxo.com/Ireland/clare/tulla-clare
- Guided Walk to Bohatch Dolmen. Start Mountshannon Harbour (10am-1:30pm): Free. info@clarewalks.ie, clarewalks.ie

Sunday 25 August
- Mass Rock Celebration: Tulla. Loughaun Mass Rock, Tulla (2pm-3.15pm): Free. tulla@irelandxo.com, irelandxo.com/Ireland/clare/tulla-clare

ENNIS & ENVIRONS

Saturday 17 August
- Launch of ‘Clare and its People’. OPW Heritage Site, Ennis Friary, Abbey St., Ennis (2pm-4pm): Free. ennisfriary@opw.ie, heritageireland.ie

Sunday 18 August
- Visit Ennis Friary. OPW Heritage Site, Ennis Friary, Abbey St., Ennis (10am-5pm): Free. ennisfriary@opw.ie, heritageireland.ie
- Kids Tours of Ennis Friary. OPW Heritage Site, Ennis Friary, Abbey St., Ennis (12pm-1pm): Free. ennisfriary@opw.ie, heritageireland.ie

Tuesday 21 August
- A Clare Land War Incident. DeValera Public Library, Harmony Row, Ennis (6pm-7pm): Free. mailbox@clarelibrary.ie, clarelibrary.ie

Wednesday 22 August
- Beekeeping: Medieval to Modern. OPW Heritage Site, Ennis Friary, Abbey St., Ennis (12pm-1pm): Free. ennisfriary@opw.ie, heritageireland.ie
- Clare Annual Bat Meeting. The Inn at Dromoland, Latoon North, Newmarket on Fergus (7:30pm-10pm): Free. Clare.antaisce@gmail.com
- Civil War Graffiti Rediscovered. County Museum, Arthur’s Row, Ennis (8pm-9:15pm): Free. claremuseum@clarecoco.ie, clarelibrary.ie/eolas/claremuseum

Thursday 23 August
- Eighteenth Century Clare News. Ennis Library, Ennis (11:30am-12:30pm): Free. info@irishworkhousecentre.ie, irishworkhousecentre.ie
- The Magpies Hall of Fame Exhibition. GAA Clubhouse, Clarecastle (7pm-9pm): Free. barntickfarm@yahoo.ie, clarecastlegaa.ie

Saturday 25 August
- Scribes Through the Ages – Ennis. OPW Heritage Site, Ennis Friary, Abbey St., Ennis (2pm-3pm): Free. ennisfriary@opw.ie, heritageireland.ie

Sunday 26 August
- Visit Ennis Friary. OPW Heritage Site, Ennis Friary, Abbey St., Ennis (10am-5pm): Free. ennisfriary@opw.ie, heritageireland.ie
- The Magpies Hall of Fame Exhibition. GAA Clubhouse, Clarecastle (1pm-3pm): Free. barntickfarm@yahoo.ie, clarecastlegaa.ie
- Kids Tours of Ennis Friary. OPW Heritage Site, Ennis Friary, Abbey St., Ennis (12pm-1pm): Free. ennisfriary@opw.ie, heritageireland.ie