Heritage Week: What To Do in Your County from Carlow to Limerick

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It is Heritage Week from 16 – 22 August, and ITTN Ireland has chosen something to do in every county to enjoy. There will be dancing, singing, walking, talking, art exhibitions, history, crafts and lots of things for children to enjoy.

See further events on Heritage Week.


Borris Lacemakers present a windows exhibition in Borris, Co. Carlow from Saturday, 14th August – Sunday, 22nd August 2021.

Exhibits will be displayed in the windows of O’Shea’s and Joyce’s pubs and the Credit Union on the Main Street of the village. The exhibition will have a COVID-19 theme with designs inspired by lacemakers’ experiences during restrictions and lockdown. 2021 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Borris Lace by Lady Harriet McMorrough Kavanagh, and the 5th anniversary of the revival by Borris Lacemakers.

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LockdCaown Lace on display in Borris, Co. Carlow


Oak woodlands, Killeshandra

Many pockets of oak woodland remain in Killeshandra, and the Tidy Towns group wanted to emphasize the value of these areas’ native woodland even though some are very small patches, and are on the edges of fields. They wanted to show the woodland plant communities. As well as the trees they looked at the ground flora and shrub layers.


Celebrate the Upper Inagh River, Connolly, West Clare

The Local Authorities Waters Programme and the Inagh EIP (European Innovation Partnership) will co-host a National Heritage Week event on Saturday, 21st August 2021 at 7.00 pm. Come explore the biodiversity of the Upper Inagh River and Cloontaboonive Bog and learn about the work of the Inagh EIP on the Upper Inagh River Catchment.

Participants will be led on a voyage of discovery through the site and those attending will be encouraged to become nature detectives. Those attending will learn about, and discover, riparian biodiversity, kick sampling and instream biodiversity, bog habitat type and species diversity and will get a briefing on the work of the Inagh River EIP. Please bring footwear and clothing appropriate for the weather and the site conditions.

Further Information

Ruairí Ó Conchúir, Local Authority Waters Programme & Upper Inagh River EIP  0858083715

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Inagh River, Clare


Dara McGrath: For Those That Tell No Tales

‘For those that tell no tales’ features over sixty works photographic which focus on Ireland’s War of Independence: a defining moment in Ireland’s history. Between 1919 and 1921, approximately 1,400 people died in the struggle for an independent Irish republic. Cork city and county saw the bloodiest of the fighting – in total, 528 people (civilians, Irish Republican Army and British Forces) – lost their lives directly due to the conflict in Cork.

The exhibition is kindly supported by The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative and Cork Public Museum. This exhibition is currently online.

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For Those Who Tell No Tales, Crawford Gallery, Cork


Tina Gallagher is a self-taught artist from Donegal who has been creative for as long as she can remember. This exhibition demonstrates new creative techniques in replicating the wild and beautiful landscape of County Donegal that surround her. Her artistic methods are constantly evolving, leading to a variety of mediums being utilized in her artwork.

This exhibition will be available to view during Heritage Week in Leabharlann Phobail Ghaoth Dobhair.

A Chair by Tina Gallagher


A History of the Pubs of Sandymount Walking Tour

Sandymount is a unique suburb of Dublin with a colourful history. Today there are three pubs in the village supporting a population of approx. 9,000. In 1850 when the population was only 1,500, there were eight pubs. Using the history of the area, this walk will trace the rise and fall of the public houses in the area.

Discover the history of The Eagle Tavern, Conniving House, Tunstall’s, Flemings, the Bird House and D’arcy’s Brewery up to the present day Ryan’s Sandymount House, O’Reilly’s and Mulligan’s pubs. Along the way, you’ll hear about WB Yeats, Eamon De Valera. Faux Castles, dueling on the Green, the Beer wars, horse racing on the Strand and ingenious publicity stunts at the Sandymount Tavern. The history of the pubs will connect the dots creating a picture of the area from the early 18th century to the 21st century. The walking tour begins and ends in Sandymount Green, lasts approx. one hour, covering a distance of just over a kilometre. The route is easy for all generations to negotiate with a short distance, no inclines and few roads to cross.

See the Youtube video of a previous walking tour of Sandymount.


Galway City Canal Walking Tour

Nestled on the banks of the River Corrib and the shores of Galway Bay, Galway city has always something to offer the visitor and locals alike. Our tour will focus on the Eglington Canal and will look at the history of the city from a different perspective, its connections to water, history, and industry. Our adventure and story will begin at the Quadrangle on the Grounds of NUI Galway and will finish 90 minutes later in the Claddagh Basin.

  • Sunday 22nd August at 4:00pm- Starting point: The Quadrangle, NUI Galway.
Further Information Brendan J. Hynes, Galway Tour Guide +353877953785
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Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland

Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland, has been exploring, sustaining, sharing and passing on Irish folk culture since its foundation in 1968. Its new Folk Homecoming Exhibition offers a peek backstage into what the theatre does to care for that cultural heritage, as well as giving an insight into the history and practice of traditional Irish music, song, storytelling, and dance.

Photographs, audio, and video material from Siamsa Tíre’s archive tell the story of the theatre’s beginnings half a century ago and introduce visitors to some of the people who have shaped and championed its work over the years.

Further Information Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre of Ireland 0667123055
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Dancing at Siamsa Tire – The National Folk Theatre, Tralee


If These Walls Could Talk

If These Walls Could Talk explores the bleak and vast history of the Celbridge Workhouse. Alongside our dedicated local historian Cathi Fleming and our fantastic videographer Mark Henderson we are delighted to bring a little corner of Celbridge to life and tell the stories of the souls that passed through its door.


Dig It Kids

Discover the rich heritage of Kilkenny Castle and make your own Anglo-Norman shield in this free fun, hands-on workshop, open to all but aimed at kids aged 6-12 years old. The workshop will comprise Dig it Kids usual magical mixture of fun facts, satisfying craft, and engaging story.

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Abbeyleix Town Trail

Abbeyleix Town Trail and Quiz is an outdoor heritage activity for families. Suitable for children of all ages, it is a fun and interactive way for children to learn about the fascinating history and heritage of Abbeyleix town. The trail and quiz sheet are available to collect from Abbeyleix Library. Simply follow the trail, answer the questions and return the quiz sheet to the library to win a small prize.

Further Information Abbeyleix Library, Laois County Library

0578730020 Laois County Library


Geologist Maria Cullen and botanist Howard Fox will lead a nature walk to experience the beauty of Dough Mountain, North Co. Leitrim.

The track will take the group to the Trigonometric Station at Dough Mt. summit. From the top of Dough Mt. one can see the hills of Donegal, Lough Melvin, the Mountains of Sligo, hills of Leitrim and all round to Cuilcagh Mt. with Upper Lough MacNean and Ballintempo Forest, Fermanagh too. The geology, hydrology, plants, lichens, mosses, fungi, birds and other wildlife that live in this very special place will be demonstrated to the event participants.

Event Details Sunday 22nd August 2021, 11.00 am

Experience the beauty of Dough Mountain, North Co. Leitrim. This walk will last approximately 3 hours. Meeting at Boleyboy at the car park on the road to Dough Mountain. [email protected]


“Women of Limerick” by Sharon Slater is a new mobile phone app to remember and celebrate women from Limerick’s history. Thirty women have been mapped across the city at important locations from their stories – from Órlaith íngen Cennétig who was Queen of Ireland in 941, to Dolores O’Riordan who earned international stardom with The Cranberries in the 1990s.

With the “Women of Limerick” app, you can plan walking routes through the city, or engage with Limerick’s cultural heritage at your fingertips, wherever you are in the world. At each location on the map, you can read a short biography of each woman and listen to a story about her life.

For National Heritage Week, Sharon Slater has created a new layer on the map, locating public artworks by women artists. From modest interventions to large-scale commissions, the selection of ten permanent artworks, at prominent sites and hiding in plain sight, creates new walking trails through the city.

Download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

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