11 Aug 2022

Celebrating local culture during Heritage Week

Events are set to take place throughout Kilkenny to mark National Heritage Week from August 18-26

Events are set to take place throughout Kilkenny to mark National Heritage Week from August 18-26

Under this year’s theme of “Be part of it. It’s part of you,” there are walks and talks and activities for all ages:

• The Butler Gallery will be presenting “Hans Op De Beeck: A Selection of Video Works,” open daily from 10am to 5.30pm. Hans Op de Beeck is a Belgium artist of international repute; this is his first solo exhibition in Ireland.

• A multi-disciplinary quiz on Kilkenny’s history and heritage will be distributed through local library branches and on

• A family tree master class will be offered on August 22 from 9.30am to 1pm in the Local Studies Department, John’s Green House, John’s Green, Kilkenny. These one-to-one sessions with Local Studies’ staff will be available to help with family research queries, run in conjunction with the Castlecomer Library. Numbers are limited to six, and booking essential.

• A free public lecture “New Discoveries at St Canice’s Cathedral Close, Kilkenny” will be held on August 24 at 8pm in the Heritage Council, Church Lane, Kilkenny. The Heritage Council-sponsored ‘St Canice’s Cathedral Close Archaeological Project’ has unearthed discoveries that have much to tell us about the origins of the city and the development of the Close. These will be revealed for the first time at the event.

• A talk “Conservation Of Paintings In The Butler Gallery Collection: A Practical Approach” with fine-art conservator Ciara Brennan, will be held in the Butler Gallery on August 23 at 11am. Ciara is a long-established Fine Arts painting conservator for museums and private collections. She is a member of the Irish Professional Conservators’ and Restorers’ Association.

• “Ireland’s Forgotten Heritage: Mountaineering,” an illustrated presentation on Ireland’s contribution to the “sport” of mountaineering, organised by Tyndall Mountain Club, will take place in the Hole in the Wall, High Street, on August 23 at 8pm.

• Free genealogy searches with will be available on August 25 from noon to 4pm at MacDonagh Junction shopping centre. A genealogist will be available to assist with online family history records searches including baptisms/births, marriages and deaths in this event organised by Rothe House.

• An open session will take place at Rothe House Library on August 19 from 2.30-4.30pm. All will be welcome to visit the library at Rothe House and Garden, and discover the collection of newspapers, maps, books and more.

• Archaeology Adventures for Kids (ages 7-12) will be held on August 20 from 9.30am to 4.45pm in Rothe House. The free event will include four workshops (starting at 9.30am, 11.15am, 1.30pm and 3.15pm) with hands-on learning about archaeology and history through fun and games. Participants will need to register in advance through

• A guided walk of the Kilkenny Canal will take place on August 22 at 7pm, meeting at the Band Stand, Canal Walk, Kilkenny and with a reception at Rothe House afterwards.

• “Wildlife Detectives” will take place on August 18 at 11am and 2pm, led by local ecologist Lauren McDonagh. Participants will meet at the entrance to the Linear Park at Bishops Meadows, Kilkenny and will learn how and where to look for all sorts of wildlife in Kilkenny city. Places are limited so booking is essential; email or call 056 7794925.

• “Re-enacting 17th-century Kilkenny” will take place on August 25 in Rothe House and Garden, with sessions for ages 7-12 at 10.30am, noon, 2pm and 3.30pm. Children can experience life in 17th-century Kilkenny, with dressing up, tools of the day and swords. Admission is €5 per child, and €2.50 per sibling. Booking is required; email or call 056 7722893.

• Free guided tours of St Canice’s Cathedral will take place at 9am from August 20-24; and a military tour of the cathedral (admission €3 per adult and free for children) will be given at 5pm on August 25 and 26.

• A Medieval Tavern Tour of Kilkenny will take place on August 22 from 7-9pm. For €15, participants can learn about the medieval history and archaeology of Kilkenny while drinking ales, mead and wine. Starting at Bridie’s and finishing at Cleere’s, the tour connects four bars across the heart of the medieval city.

• There will be free admission to Kilkenny Castle on August 18 from 4-5pm; on August 19 from 9am to 5pm; August 20-24 from 4-5pm; and on August 26 from 9am to 5pm. During National Heritage Week, with every admission to the Castle there will be free entry to a daily draw for a chance to win a family heritage card.

• “Meet the Butlers and the Skeletons in Their Closets,” an 18th-century talk on politics, money and marriage – divorce, disgrace and lawsuits in the Butler family, will take place in Kilkenny Castle on August 18 at 2.30pm.

• A free tour of Kilkenny Castle through the Ormonde Picture Collection will take place on August 20 at 4.30pm.

• “Off The Beaten Track: Hidden Treasures and Spaces at Kilkenny Castle” will take place on August 21 at 10am. Booking (email or call 056 7704100) is essential for this free behind-the-scenes tour of the building and its collections.

• An outdoor architectural tour of Kilkenny Castle will take place on August 22 at 2pm and 7pm (weather dependent).

• A fun tour of the Kilkenny Castle Collections for children will take place on August 24 at 11am. Young ladies and gentlemen can explore unusual Victorian objects before assisting in the preparation of afternoon tea Victorian-style in the Drawing Room. Bookings can be made by emailing or calling 056 7704100.

• A Kilkenny Castle Park self-guided discovery trail will be available from August 18-26 from 9am to 6pm.

• A free children’s workshop exploring the city’s archaeology with archaeologist Sinead Marshall will take place on August 22 at 11am and at 2.30pm, for ages 8-12. It starts from the Heritage Council office, and places can be booked at or 086 1942069.

• The James Stephens Barracks Military Museum will host an open week from August 18-24 from 10am to 4pm, featuring a display of military equipment, uniforms and other items from 1795 to the present day. Three short talks on Kilkenny’s military heritage will also be given in the Military Museum on August 23 at 7.30pm.

• A Family Tree Masterclass in conjunction with the Thomastown library will take place on August 20 from 9.30am to 1pm in the Local Studies Department, John’s Green House, John’s Green, Kilkenny.

• A walking tour of Kilkenny City’s Independence Story, starting at City Hall and finishing with a visit to the Kilkenny Barracks Museum, will take place on August 24 at 3pm. Bookings can be made by emailing or calling 087 7545770.

• “Walk on the Wild Side,” a free plant identification walk in the woodlands of Ballykeeffe Nature Reserve with medical herbalist Jenny Dunne, will take place on August 25 at 2pm.

• Free guided tours of Dunmore Cave will be offered on August 19 and 26 from 10am to 5pm. Admission will also be free during those times to an exhibition of old photographs and prints relating to Dunmore Cave.

• “Times Past,” monuments on display, will be at the Nore View Folk and Heritage Museum in Bennettsbridge. It is free to view the outdoor monuments, with museum entrance €5 for adults and OAPs, and €15 for a family.

• Free tours of the Visitor’s Centre of Blessed Edmund Rice Memorial Church and birthplace of Blessed Edmund Rice will be available from August 18-26 from 10am to 5.30pm.

• “A Right of Way: A Walking Tour and Talk on Rights of Way in Ireland” will take place on August 18 at 4pm, starting at the old Co-op, Green Street, Callan. The tour will visit new-small scale architectural interventions by Commonage Summer School.

• A riverside walk will take place starting from KCAT, Callan on August 22 at 6.30pm. The walk will travel along the banks of the Kings River and Mill Race, via Moat Field to the Walled Garden in Westcourt.

• A traditional music session with Martin Barrett and friends will be held on August 21 at 8pm in the Castlecomer library.

• A tour of the above-ground buildings of the old Deerpark mine site will be led by ex-miner Seamus Walsh on August 21 at 10.15am. Participants will meet at the Castlecomer Discovery Park visitor centre and will need their transport necessary out to the Deerpark Colliery. Booking is essential, via or 056 4440707.

• Castlecomer Country Market Food Tastings will take place on August 24 from 9am to noon in the Castlecomer Community Hall.

• A free training workshop for grave recording will be offered on August 22 at 10am at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Castlecomer.

• A bat walk through the woodlands of the Castlecomer Discovery Park with Lorcan Scott will take place on August 21 at 8.30pm.

• A tour of the local Monagore Bog with ex-miners Seamus Walsh and John Ryan, followed by a demonstration of the traditional “dancing the culm,” will take place on August 21 at 11.30am, meeting at the Castlecomer Discovery Park.

Participants will need their own transport and bookings can be made via or 056 4440707.

• The Ferrybank Oral Tradition and Storytelling Project will exhibit images of Ferrybank, old and new, accompanied by recent oral history recordings in the Ferrybank area from August 20-24 from 11am to 3pm.

• Free hands-on archaeology workshops for kids ages 9-12, led by local archaeologist Laura Walsh, will take place on August 24 at 11am and 2.30pm. Places can be booked on 085 1695268. Parents must accompany children.

• A service of thanksgiving for the restoration of St Lachtain’s Church, Freshford will take place on August 26 at 4pm. Opening hours are noon to 7pm.

• An open day at Clomantagh Castle, Freshford will be held on August 26 from 10am to 4pm.

• Free tours of Uppercourt Manor, Freshford will be given on August 18 and 19 from 2-6pm.

• “Coach Building: The Milletts of Borris” will be featured at Ionad Dara, Goresbridge from 2-6pm August 18-23, from 2-9pm on August 24 and 25, and from 2-6pm on August 26.

• “In the Footsteps of the Duiske Monks,” a hill walk visiting the Brandon Hill granges of Duiske Abbey with Tyndall Mountain Club, will take place on August 26 at 10.30am.

• A traditional music session with local musicians will take place on August 21 at 6.30pm in Graignamanagh Library.

• The Graignamanagh Brass Band will perform a recital in the Graignamanagh library on August 18 at 11am.

• Free tours of Gáirdín An Ghorta Famine Garden will be available from August 18-26. Prior notification is required; contact 056 7768624.

• Tours of Ballysallagh House and Garden, Johnswell will be available on August 18-26 from 9am to 1pm. Admission: is €5 for adults and €2.50 for OAPs, students and children.

• A talk on the environmental history of Lough Cullin (Holly Lake) will be given on August 24 at 8pm in Bigwood National School, Mullinavat.

• The New Ross Celtic River and Walled Town Festival will take place on August 25 from noon to 11pm.

• A free guided tour and talk about Tybroughney Castle and hinterland will be led by Robert Duggan on August 18 at 3pm.

• There will be free admission to Jerpoint Park, Thomastown during Heritage Week.

• A talk on the recent restoration work at Stroan Fountain and Tullaherin Round Tower will be given at the venue on August 25 at 2.30pm.

• The Jerpoint Lecture Series will take place at Jerpoint Abbey on August 18 at 2pm, including “Fifty ways to cleave your brother: Delinquency and discipline in medieval Irish monasteries,” by Colmán Ó Clabaigh OSB Glenstal Abbey, “A virtual tour of Thomastown” by Joe Doyle and “Treasures of Tullaherin Museum” by Michael Holden.

• The official opening of Tullahought Heritage Week and art exhibition will take place in Tullahought Community Centre on August 17 at 8pm with a cheese and wine reception followed by a traditional music session, song and storytelling at 9.30pm.

• A talk on the “Townsland” project undertaken by Alan Counihan involving the recording of field names within Tullahought,

Knickeen, Kilmacoliver and Poolrone townslands, will take place on August 17 at 9pm in Tullahought Community Centre.

• A camogie and hurling under-12s blitz will take place at Tullahought Sports Field on August 19 at 11am.

• Demonstrations of traditional crafts such as knitting, crochet and butter making will be held in Tullahought Community Centre on August 19 at 2.30pm.

• A Tullahought Loop Walk will take place on August 19 at 2.30pm leaving from the Tullahought Community Centre.

• Butterfly Workshop - The Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council is hosting a butterfly workshop on Saturday August 11.  This event takes place at Castlecomer Discovery Park and starts with a lecture about Ireland’s butterflies, followed by a walk to identify butterflies in the field.  The workshop will be lead by ecologist and butterfly enthusiast Christopher J Wilson. This event is free of charge and limited to 20 places.  Start 11am – Finish 4pm. Booking is essential. Contact Dearbhala Ledwidge, Heritage Officer. Tel: 056-7794925. Email:

Please wear suitable footwear and clothing for outdoors. No previous experience necessary. Lunch not provided.

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