Heritage Week Events in Wicklow 2018

Pick up an Event Guide at your local library or scroll to the end of the page to download

All are invited to make new, and deepen existing connections with our heritage this Heritage Week. Wicklow’s 2018 Heritage Week programme is part of European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, co-ordinated nationally by The Heritage Council and on a local level by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County council in partnership with a multitude of volunteers and enthusiasts throughout the county.

Pick up a county guide at libraries, council offices and tourist offices and use it to plan your activities. Further events are listed below.

**Scroll to the bottom of the page to access a pdf copy of the County Wicklow Event Guide**

For full details of all events and the most up to date information  visit  www.heritageweek.ie and search by date, county or keyword. So go on, celebrate Our Wicklow Heritage and share the stories of the landscape, people and places that make it so special.


18th – 26th August 2018


Glenmalure Valley Self guided walk

Pick up a leaflet at Glenmalure Lodge and explore the history, culture & rich biodiversity
E: glenmalurelodge@yahoo.com T: 0404-46188

Sat 18th – Sun 26th

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE

The Macreddin Mile Self  Guided Walk

Pick up a leaflet at BrookLodge & Macreddin Village and explore the historical story of local landmarks, plants and wildlife.

E: info@brooklodge.com / WEB  brooklodge.com/en/the-pure-mile/
T: 0402 36444
Sat 18th – Sun 26th

?, W, P, ¤ , FREE

Monastic Mappery

An exhibition on the history of Glendalough in maps from the 16th Century to the present at Brockagh Resource Centre,Laragh
E: glendaloughheritageforum@gmail.com  WEB glendaloughheritageforum.org/
T: 0404 45600


Sat 18th – Sun 26th   9 am – 5 pm.

?, W, P, ¤ , FREE

Wicklow Mining Heritage Hill Walk

A full day hike starting at Glendasan & finishing at Baravore, Glenmalure. Combining informative talks on Wicklow Mining Heritage.

E: glenmalurepuremile@gmail.com

Sat 18th 9am- 5.30pm

P, ¤ , €,  B

Open Gardens at Knockanree

Discover a Chinese bridge, Zen Circle, standing stones, a man made island and a copy of Michelangelo’s David in this three time prize winning garden.

E: whclarke35628@gmail.com / visitwicklow.ie/item/knockanree-garden
T: 0868629239

Sat 18th 9.30am to 1.30 pm.

w, P, ¤ , €

Seabed Survey Vessel Open Day@ Arklow Harbour

Visit a GSI Inshore Survey Vessel with a 3D Seabed Mapping system. Learn more about the CHERISH Project and how climate change and storminess impacts coastal heritage

E:  lindashine@discoveryprogramme.ie T: 016393039


Sat 18th 10am – 4pm

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE

Maritime Museum: Bridgewater Centre

The Maritime Museum Arklow is a treasure trove of shipbuilders’ models, half models.

T: 0402 91683 or 086 4460784

Sat 18th – Sun 26th 10am – 5 pm

€, ?, W, P,

Historical Nun’s Cross Church

This church near Ashford is a ‘treasure trove’ of artistic and historic items in wood, stone and marble.

E: awdunne@iol.ie Website: nunscrosschurch.ie T: 0866014755

Sat 18th 10.30am – 4 pm, Sun 19th 1pm – 6 pm

?, w, P,  FREE

The Big Dig

At Glendalough (in field next to the Round Tower) explore the Viking world through a simulated archaeology dig. Hourly slots , book at www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-big-dig-glendalough-heritage-week-2018-tickets-

E: info@sia.ie


Sat 18th 11am – 5pm

?, ¤ , B,  FREE

Butter Making Workshop

Market Square, Dunlavin: Come along to our butter making demonstration by local Artisan Dairy Producer, Dunlavin Dairies. Join us for bread and jam picnic afterwards!

Email: awhelan00@gmail.com Telephone: +353876793588

Sat 18th 11am- 12 noon

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE

1918 in Bray

A talk at Bray Library, Eglington Road looking at life in Bray during the week of August 18th to 26th 1918 local reactions to continuing restrictions imposed due to World War One.

Email: braylib@wicklowcoco.ie Telephone: 01-2862600

Sat 18th 11.30am -12pm

?, W, P, FREE

Enniskerry Local History Talk

Enniskerry Library: Take a journey with local historian Michael Seery. With essays, articles, and images telling the stories of the people of Enniskerry.

Email: smmulligan@wicklowcocco.ie Telephone: 01 286 4336

Sat 18th 11.30 am

?, W, P, FREE

#BeetheChange! – Bee Crafts & Games

Cool Planet Experience, Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry: Bee inspired fun & games in our Secret Garden for all the family.

Email: brenda.comerford@coolplanet.ie  Website: cpe.cool  Telephone: +353867766198

Sat 18th – Sun 26th 12 – 3 pm

?, W, P, €

Georgian House & Garden Kilcoole

Darraghville House: Walled garden tour and photo exhibition. Entertainment and finger foods served by 18th. century staff in costume. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Email: marketing@luisne.ie  Telephone: 0860517575  Website: luisne.ie

Sat 18th 12-5 pm
?,  P, €

350 yrs of Quakers in Ballymurrin

Visit 1st farmstead ruin, exhibition about Quakers; 2nd farmstead; forge, and hearth; Main House; ingle-nook with bread oven; ‘parlour’ for Quaker meetings.

Email: icon@iolfree.ie Telephone: 0404 48206 Website: ballymurrinquakerfarmstead.eu
Sat 18th – Sun 26th 2-3.30 pm & 4-5.30pm

w, P,


Open visit to this historic church built by Arthur Bloomfield for Lord Caryfort 5th Earl family in 1899

T: 0858183392 text only

Sat 18th – Sun 26th 2-4 pm

?, W, P, FREE

East Coast Skiffs – Bray Sea Scouts

5th Bray Sea Scouts invites you to see   the East Coast Skiffs historic rowing boats and the process of making oars and maintaining these unique craft at Bray Harbour

Website: brayseascouts.org/

Sat 18th 3-7pm

?, w, P, ¤ ,

Sharing Stories at NBG Kilmacurragh

The world of plants is full of stories but where do they come from? How did they get here? Come and join us for stories that will answer some of these questions.

Email: botanicgardens@opw.ie Telephone: 01 857 0909 Website: botanicgardens.ie

Sat 18th – Sun 26th 3-4pm

?, W, P, ¤ , FREE


Mass Rock/Carraig An Aifreann

Revival of Mass Rock/Carraig an Aifreann @ Round Hill, Granamore near Hollywood, one of only a few in Ireland. To honour our culture and heritage which dates back to Penal Times.

Email: hwoodtidytowns@gmail.com

Sat 18th 4-6.30 pm

?, P, ¤ , FREE

Stories from Freemasons in Ireland

Greystones Masonic Hall, Hillside Road: Local Freemasons will share their stories and speak about famous Irish and international Masons that we are connected to by our traditions.

Email: webmaster@emeraldlodge49.org Telephone: 089-2482037 Website: emeraldlodge49.org

Sat 18th 8-10pm


Davidstown School 50th Anniversary

Hop on a bus and explore the homesteads of the pupils from 50 years ago

Email: catherine.e.walshe@gmail.com

Tel: 0868717485 /0872965539 or  0877910715

Sat 18th 3-6pm

P, w,  B, FREE

St. Crispins Open Day Greystones

Uileann Pipe music, Ecumenical signing from local choirs, a talk on history and a  kids art .

Tel 087 6839021. Email davemoreilly@gmail.com.

Sat 18th 3 pm

?, W, ¤ , FREE

Raheen na Chluig , Bray Head

The community led archaeological excavation will be taking place throughout Heritage Week. Come along to meet the volunteers or sign up to get involved.

E mail: themedievalbrayproject@gmail.com www.medieval brayproject.ie

Mon 20th to Fri 24th  10am – 5pm

? ¤ , P  FREE

Update on Raheen na Chluig Excavations Bray

Talk at Bray Library, Eglington road. Hear more about the excavations including the preliminary results of the 2018 investigations

E mail: themedievalbrayproject@gmail.com www.medieval brayproject.ie

Thurs 23rd 7-8 pm ?, P , FREE


A Celtic Miscellany

An acoustic celebration at St. Kevin’s church, Hollywood of Wicklow’s Heritage in Music, Poetry, Irish and Baroque

Sat 25th Aug 8-10pm

 w, P, FREE

Ogham & Nature at the National Park

Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough: Explore the Ogham languages link to Irish trees; placenames;  Irish names of our plants and animals

Email: wickloweducationcentre@chg.gov.ie Telephone: 0404 45425

Sun 19th 11am-1pm

?, w, P, ¤, FREE, B

Old Burial Ground, Delgany village

A guided tour of the old burial ground, see the dome-shaped gravestone dating 1712-1800 including fine example of Elizabethan lettering.

Email: laillidebuitlear@gmail.com Telephone: 012876094

Sun 19th 12-1.30 pm, Thurs 23rd & Sat 25th 11.30am – 1 pm

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE


Russborough Discover the Demesne

Enjoy a walking tour with Joan Griffith. Wear outdoor clothing and walking shoes and  meet in the Courtyard.

Email: info@russborough.ie Telephone: 045 865239 Website: russborough.ie/

Sun 19th, Wed 22nd & Sun 26th 2-4 pm

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE

The Macreddin Mile – Guided Walk

Join a tour along the Macreddin Mile by local residents of Macreddin Village and the Crew of BrookLodge.

Email: info@brooklodge.com Telephone: 0402 36444 Website: brooklodge.com

Sun 19th 5-7 pm

?, W,  P, ¤ , FREE

Nature Base Stem Camp

Season Park Farm, Newtownmountkennedy  combines bush craft, crafts, planting, pond exploration, nature exploration, games & sciencein this ccamp..

Email: grace_garde@hotmail.com Telephone: 0871477507

Mon 20th 10am – 2 pm

€ ?, w, P, ¤ , B

Tours of Glendalough Excavations

Join a guided tour of the UCD School of Archaeology excavations at Glendalough. Examine the trenches and artefacts.. Meet at the round tower.

Email: glendaloughheritageforum@gmail.com Telephone: 01 716831

Tues 21st, Wed 22nd, Thurs 23rd and Fri 24th  2-3 pm

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE

Glendalough: Graveyard Tour

Tour led by members of the community group who have surveyed and recorded the graveyard.

Email: glendaloughheritageforum@gmail.com Telephone: 01 7168312

Mon 20th, Tues 21st, Wed 22nd, Thurs 23rd & Fri 24th 3-4 pm

?, P, ¤ , FREE

Irish Megalithic Art at Bray

Learn about Irish Megalithic Art at bespoke ½ day workshops, research our ancient heritage and have a go at painting with Erika Tyner.

Email: erika@erikatyner.com Telephone: 0879746032

Tues 21st, to Sat 25th 11am-4 pm

, P, B

‘Flooding of The Liffey Valley’

Blessington Library: Talk & Exhibition by local archaeologist Liz Gardner about this fascinating time in local history

Email: Blessingtonlib@wicklowcoco.ie Tel: 045 891740

Tues 21st August  7 p.m.

? P, W, FREE



Abercorn Masonic Hall Arklow

Open visit to this 19th century hall at Ferrybank

Telephone:  0858183392 text only


Tues 21st 4-9 pm

?,  FREE

Ogham in 3D in Wicklow

Roundwood Parish Hall: An illustrated talk by Nora White on the Ogham stones of Co. Wicklow and the work of the national Ogham in 3D project.

Email: art@eircom.et Telephone: 086 865 0588
Tues 21st 8-9 pm



Children’s Nature Walk at Glendalough

Information Office, Upper Lake, Glendalough:  Suitable for all ages of child. An adult must stay with their children and be prepared to join in.

Email: wickloweducationcentre@chg.gov.ie Telephone: 0404 45656

Wed 22nd 11am – 1 pm

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE, B

Wild Child Nature Walk

Hollywood Community Centre: connect with nature, enjoy the scenery, learn some cool stuff and chase a few butterflies if we are really lucky!

Email: hwoodtidytowns@gmail.com

Wed 22nd 11am -12 noon

?, P, w, ¤ , FREE, B

Become a Nature Detective!

Market Square Dunlavin: Join our Bug Hunt, be a real nature detective and see what you can discover in Dunlavin!

Email: awhelan00@gmail.com Telephone: +353876793588

Wed 22nd 11am -12 noon

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE

Ancient Eco-Therapists?

Join Conn Fitzgibbon for a fun workshop that joins ancient Celtic wisdom with eco-psychology to realise the mental health benefits of truly connecting with nature.

Email: info@the-elbowroomescape.com Telephone: 0831838013 Wed 22nd 11.30 am – 1.30 pm

?, P, FREE, B

Victorian Bray Walking Tour

Starting and finish at Sidmonton Square and including Sidmonton Road, Novara Terrace, Galtrim Road and  Meath Road, .

Email: brayhistory@gmail.com Telephone: 00353872309185

Wed 22nd 7-8.30 pm, Sat 25th 3-4.30 pm

?, W, ¤ , FREE

Mount Usher Gardens Guided Tour

Find out how this authentic ‘Robinsonian’-style garden has been organically managed for over 38 years.

Email: info@mountushergardens.ie Telephone: 0404 49672

Thurs 23rd 10.30 am & 2 pm

, P, w, ¤ , B

A Week in Bray 1943

This talk at Ballywatrim Library, Boghall Road looks at  events in Bray 75 years ago see how the fourth year of the Emergency was impacting on day to day life in the town.

Email: ballywaltrimlibrary@wicklowcoco.ie Telephone: 012723205

Thurs 23rd 11.30 am – 12 noon

?,W,  P, FREE

Discover Dunlavin! Nature Walk

Meet at Dunlavin Green to learn more  about the biodiversity that surrounds us

Email: awhelan00@gmail.com Telephone: +353876793588

Fri 24th 7-8 pm

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE

The History Of The Glencree Valley

From 12th century to modern times, a presentation at Knockree Youth Hostel valley by Frank Tracy.

Email: filiphaydeb@eircom.net Telephone: 087 9702483 Website: anoige.ie

Fri 24th 7-8.30 pm


Art of Market Cross at Glendalough

Glendalough Visitor Centre: A painting workshop  for all ages examining the beautiful stone panels of the Market Cross & the 3D models of the cross & other Glendalough monuments.

Email: lindashine@discoveryprogramme.ie Telephone: 016393039

Sat 25th 11am – 2.30 pm

?, P, W, FREE

Killruddery House History Talk

Join Brian White, local historian, for a morning talk in the historic Library in Killruddery House and Gardens.

Email: guides@killruddery.com Website: killruddery.com

Sat 25th 11am – 12 noon

w, P, FREE, B

Tunes in the Park

Market Square Dunlavin: Bring along your instrument for a lovely relaxed morning of Traditional Irish Music under the beautiful Sycamore tree.

Email: awhelan00@gmail.com Telephone: +353876793588

Sat 25th 11 am

?, P, ¤ , FREE


Butterfly Walk & Seed Bomb Workshop

East Coast Nature Reserve, Sea Road, Newcastle:  Butterfly walk of Blackditch Wood with BWI followed by the opportunity to make you own Seed Bomb, brilliant for pollinators.

Email: info@birdwatchireland.ie Telephone: (01) 281 9878 Website: birdwatchireland.ie

Sat 25th 11am – 2 pm

?, P, w, ¤ , FREE

Wicklow Cliff Loop Walk

Meet at Glen Turn Beach Car Park, Wicklow Town  and enjoy magnificent panoramic coastal views,nature and history of lime kiln and penal church.  Email: margaretcoen@gmail.com Telephone: 087 9473072

Sat 25th 11.30 am – 1.30 pm

?, P, ¤ , FREE

Open Day at Glendalough Excavations

Open day at UCD School of Archaeology excavations at Glendalough, with tours, displays and interactive activities.

Email: glendaloughheritageforum@gmail.com Telephone: 01 7168312
Website: glendaloughheritageforum.org/

Sat 25th 12 – 4 pm

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE

Bray Whale Watch

Join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group for their annual, free and guided land-based whale watch at Pitch & Putt car park, Bray Head

Email: jcivory67@gmail.com Telephone: 087 6833898 Sat 25th 2-5 pm

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE

Wicklow Whale Watch

Join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group for their annual, free and guided land-based whale watch at Black Castle car park, Wicklow Town

Email: brianglanville1@hotmail.com Telephone: 087 1390665

Sat 25th 2-5 pm

?, W, P, ¤ , FREE

Visit Garden Allotments

Season Park Farm, Newtownmountkennedy: Meet  the allotment holders, bring a story, musical instrument, taste some home produce.

Email: grace_garde@hotmail.com Telephone: 0871477507

Sat 25th 2-5 pm

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE, B

Stories from St. Kevin’s Glencree

The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation invite anyone with memories of Kevin’s Reformatory (1859-1940) to  come and share it’s history.

Email: val.kiernan@glencree.ie Telephone: +35312829711 Website: glencree.ie

Sat 25th 2.30 -5 pm

W, P,  FREE, B

Ballymore and the Spanish Flu

Ballymore Eustace Resource Centre : An exhibition exploring  the effects  on the local community and the surrounding areas of the Great Flu epidemic of 1918-1919

Email: cjdarby@hotmail.com Telephone: 045864325

Sat 25th 3-7 pm


Open Day at Wicklow Lighthouse

Enjoy a self-guided tour of this restored C18th lighthouse now run as holiday accommodation  by the Irish Landmark Trust Email: caroline@irishlandmark.com Telephone: 01 6704733

Sun 26th  10am- 4 pm

?,  FREE

Plant Folklore of Glendalough

Information Office, Wicklow Mountains National Park: Learn about wild plants their stories and traditional uses.


T: 0404 45425

Sun 26th 11 am to 1 pm

 w, P,  FREE, B

Coollattin House Tour & Exhibition

Visit the house and enjoy afternoon tea and an Arts & Craft Exhibition.

Email: annedwards053@gmail.com Telephone: 0879687606

Sun 26th 2- 5 pm

€, ?, w, P, B

Ancient Woodland Walk

A guided walk at  Ballyvolan Wood, Newcastle

Email: careyml@eircom.net Telephone: 0872381060 Website: newcastlewicklow.ie

Sun 26th 2.30 pm

?, w, P, ¤ , FREE

Dunlavin Heritage Sites Tour

Meet at Scoil Nioclais Naofa car park for a guided tour to St. Nicholas’ Blessed Well, Tornant Moat and Tornant Graveyard

Email: awhelan00@gmail.com Telephone: +353876793588

Sun 26th 6-7.30 pm

?, P, ¤ , FREE


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P Car parking is available

W full wheelchair access

w partial wheelchair access

B advance booking needed

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