This week is National Heritage Week, and there are over 60 events taking place around the city and county – many of which are free to attend.
From dancing at the crossroads in Glenmore, blacksmithing demonstrations in Tullahought, family history workshops in Ferrybank, and bug hotels in Castlecomer, there is something for everyone to enjoy in Heritage Week.
“We are blessed with the richness of heritage we have in Kilkenny, and Heritage Week is a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy it”, says Dearbhala Ledwidge, Kilkenny’s Heritage Officer.
“This year we’ve have been receiving a number of queries from overseas, from people who are planning their holidays around Heritage Week in Kilkenny. It shows the strong link between heritage and our tourism industry, and that Heritage Week has become a fixture in the Irish festivals calendar.”
Events include guided tours of Dunmore Cave, an introduction to genealogy and starting a family tree, a guided tour of Mount Juliet, free admission to Kilkenny Castle, and even ‘Bustles & Breeches: 19th Century Fashion in the Ormonde Picture Collection’.
There are free guided tours of St Canice’s Cathedral, an open day at Clomantagh Castle, Children’s Day at Rothe House, Oral History Gathering and Day of Reminiscing, An Evening of Military Heritage, Monagore Bog Tour and Dancing the Culm.
As the week is already midway, several of these events may have already taken place or be limited. Heritage Week ends this Sunday, August 25. For more information, see www.heritageweek.ie or contact Dearbhala Ledwidge, Heritage Officer on 056-7794925.