Final Weekend of Heritage Week

As Heritage Week 2013 draws to a close there are still lots of events to enjoy. Please feel free to share with us your comments and photos of events that you took part in.

A snapshot of this weekends events as follows (for more detail check out


Wicklow’s Historic Gaol: Day Tours Friday 23rd August 13;00 – 15:00. Come to Wicklow’s Historic Gaol for an interactive experience that you will never forget! Step back in time and re-live Irish history. Venue : Wicklow’s Historic Gaol, Kilmantin Hill, Wicklow town. Cost : 50% off the normal admission charge for National Heritage Week. Organiser : Wicklow’s Historic Gaol, Judith Simko, , 0404 66433,

Guided Tours of Mount Usher Gardens Friday 23rd August 11:00 – 12:00. Guided tours of Ireland’s best example of a ‘Robinsonian’ garden; a great way to see the workings of Mount Usher Gardens. Booking is essential as places are limited.  Venue : Mount Usher Gardens, Ashford. Tour is free, admission cost : Adults: €7.50, senior citizens: €6.50. Admission includes free guided tours of the gardens. Organiser : Mount Usher Gardens, Philomena O`Dowd, , 0404 40205,

The Story of Wicklow Gold Friday 23rd 20:00 – 22:00 (FREE) A talk on the Wicklow gold rush of 1795 by Peader McArdle, former Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland. Based on his book Gold Frenzy – a fascinating talk about the many aspects of the gold rush story. Venue : Newcastle Community Centre, Newcastle, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Organiser : Newcastle Residents’ Association, Miriam Johnston, , 087 2214533,

Concert of Traditional Irish and World Music Friday 23rd August 20:00 – 21:00. Featuring the wonderful, unique sound of Noteworthy, with a blend of vocalists, 2 Harps and 6 other traditional instruments. Plentiful street parking is available near the Church. Concert time is too late for small children, but concert is suitable for all adults and teenagers. Venue : St Marys Church of Ireland,, Main Street, Blessington. Cost : €8 Organiser : Noteworthy Music Group, John Mac Namara, sdiglass@eircom,net, 087 6534693

Calary Church Open Days – Sat & Sun 2.00-5.00pm (FREE). Located between Kilmacanogue and Roundwood. Visit this historic church, see the pulpit used by John Nelson Darby, one of the founders of the Plymouth Brethern, and visit the graveyard still in use and with many famous burials. . T:0868319457

   Heritage WalkGlendalough Saturday 24th 11:00 – 12:30 (FREE) To celebrate National Heritage Week, the OPW Visitor Centre and Wicklow Mountains National Park are joining forces to bring you on a guided walk. There is a wealth of both built and natural heritage in the valley of Glendalough. We shall explore the eastern end of the valley, visiting some of the lesser known monuments, and discussing their history and natural history. Booking essential. Venue : OPW Visitor Centre, Glendalough. Organiser : National Parks & Wildlife Service & OPW, Gillian Stewart, , 0404 45656

St Peter’s Graveyard Trail, Dublin Road, Little Bray. Sat 24th Aug 3-4 pm (FREE) Join Bray Cualann Historical Society on this guided tour of the many notable burials in this historic graveyard. T: 01 2861287

Blessington Currach Project Saturday 24th 10:00 – 17:00 (FREE) Photographic exhibition of Currach making project in Blessington which was supervised by Padraig Dinneen of TG4’s Meitheal Mara. Venue : Blesington Library, New Town Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Organiser : Blessington Lakeside Heritage Group, Pat Conlan, , 086 0752072

O’ Eir Stoneage Art – 11am-9pm (FREE) 17-25th Aug.An exhibition at the Riverside Gallery, Bridgewater Shopping Centre, Arklow. T: 086 0713938

 Kilmacurragh Family Day Saturday 24th 10:00 – 16:30 (FREE) Family Day – an Explorer Trail, a guided walk or a guided tour – take your pick! Saturday the 24th of August is ‘Family Day’ in Kilmacurragh.  Join us for some family-friendly events, take a self-guided trail, learn how to identify wild flowers in our meadow walks or take a guided tour tailored especially for families.  Picnics welcome. Venue : National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Kilbride, Wicklow.Organiser : National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, , 0404 48844,·    

 The Selfish Giant at Powerscourt Waterfall Saturday 24th august 14;00 – 15:00. Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum, will be bringing Oscar Wilde’s classic children’s story ‘The Selfish Giant’ to life this National Heritage Week. Families are invited to take part in an interactive re-telling of this story of an unusual friendship and a lesson learned. Help us to re-create the playful atmosphere of the Giant’s Garden with a whole host of outdoor games such as sack-racking, hula-hopping and parachute fun. Venue : Powerscourt Waterfall, Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Co.Wicklow. Cost : Adults €5.50, student/OAP €5.00, child (u16) €3.50, children (u2) free, family ticket €16.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children)  Organiser : Powerscourt Estate, Aoife O`Driscoll, , 01 2046000,

Open Day at Wicklow Head Lighthouse Sunday 25th 10:00 – 16:00 (FREE) An opportunity to see the conservation work of Irish Landmark.  Self-guided tour of this restored lighthouse, now available as holiday accommodation. Please park in the car park on the left just before the lighthouse when approaching from Wicklow Town. Child supervision is required due to the coastal location.Venue : Wicklow Head Lighthouse, Dunbur Head, Wicklow.Organiser : Irish Landmark Trust, Caroline Crowley, , 01 6704733,

Open Day at Beit Residence, Russborough House, Blessington. Sunday 25th 10:00 – 16:00 (FREE) An opportunity to see the conservation work of Irish Landmark.  Self-guided tour of the 18th Century West Wing of Russborough now available as holiday accommodation. Venue : Wicklow Head Lighthouse, Dunbur Head, Wicklow.Organiser : Irish Landmark Trust, Caroline Crowley, , 01 6704733,

Walk from Glenturn Strand Car Park to Bride’s Head Beach, Wicklow Town Sunday 25th 2.30-5.00pm (FREE) T: 0871346829

  Burnaby Heritage Weekend Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th 8:00 – 23:00 (FREE) Shop and restaurant window exhibition of the 19th and early 20th century photographs taken by Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed. The woman behind the creation of the renowned Burnaby estate was an Alpinist, winter sports enthusiast, bicyclist and all round adventurer, as her photographs reveal. Venue : Greystones town centre, Church Road, La Touche Place and Trafalgar Road, Greystones. Organiser : The Burnaby Residents Association, Greystones, Peter Murtagh, , 087 2531198

Wicklow Reminiscences: Exhibition and Community Project Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th 08;00 – 17:00 (FREE) A display on the lesser-known characters of Wicklow where viewers are encouraged to contribute their own anecdotes and memories. Stories contributed by the public will be added to Wicklow’s online heritage archive at Venue : All Wicklow Branch Libraries Organiser : Wicklow County Council Library Service, Ciara O`Brien, , 01 2866566,

·         Celebrate OAK GLEN’s ‘Coming of Age’ Sunday 25th 15:00 – 17:00 (FREE) Celebrate ‘the coming of age of Oak Glen’ forest.  Guided tree walks with lots of family fun activities. Tree planting ceremony dedicated to the sponsors and contributors followed by entertainment and activities for all the family.  Venue : Cloon OAK GLEN Forest, Glencree, Co. Wicklow. Organiser : Crann (People for Trees (I) Ltd), Marguerite Arbuthnot-O`Brien, , 01 6275075,

·         Ballymurrin Quaker Farm Settlement  Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th August 14:00 – 18:00 Visit a Quaker farmstead from 1668, interiors and structures intact. Hear the story of Quakers in Ireland in 17th century. Visit the Quaker burial ground just 200m from house. Visits at 14:00, 15:30 & 17:00. A visit to the Quaker burial place is recommended (not guided, just 200m from house). Venue : Ballymurrin Quaker Farmstead 1669, Kilbride, near Beehive and East of N11, turn off onto lane, left 200m after Beehive, then 1.6km on right.Cost : €8, adults, €2 to €6 for concessions. Organiser : Ballymurrin Quaker Farmstead 1669, Philip Geoghegan, , 0404 48206,

·         Knockanree Garden Avoca  Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th 09:30 – 13:30. Primarily a woodland garden with specimen tress and shrubs and statuary from around the world. This garden has twice been judged first in Co. Wicklow in the All Ireland Garden Competition. Venue : Knockanree Gardens, Redcross Rd, Avoca. Cost : €5 (€4.50 for groups of 10+) Organiser : Harold Clarke, Harold Clarke, , 0402 35638,

·         Vintage Sports Day Sunday 25th August 14:00 – 17:00 . Croquet, cricket, egg and spoon races, horse-shoe throwing, sack races and Punch and Judy show. Fun for all ages! Venue : Burnaby Vintage Sports Day, Burnaby Park, The Burnaby, Greystones. Cost : Nominal participation fee. Organiser : The Burnaby Residents Association, Peter Murtagh, , 087 253 1198

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