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Kildare’s Heritage Buildings Show 2019

A Weekend of Traditional Building Skills, Demonstrations & Conservation Talks
At Castletown House, Celbridge Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2019


Castletown House will become a one stop destination for owners in need of accurate, impartial and free advice on caring and repairing their old buildings. Bring photographs of your building to gain more meaningful conservation advice.

Details of the skills on display and informative talks and demonstrations are included in the programme of events below.

Programme of Events

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November News

Ardclough Village Centre Talk

Brigie O'Brien on her life and times living in Ardclough, in conversation with Eoghan Corry

Venue and Time:  Village Centre, Ardclough at 8.00pm


Kildare BirdWatch Ireland Events

 Nov Talk

Thursday 8 November: An update on the Pine Marten in Ireland, by Kate McAney (or Ruth Hanniffy) (Vincent Wildlife Trust). Townhouse Hotel, Naas, 8.00pm.

 Nov Outing

 Saturday 10 November: Annual bus trip to Carlingford Lough. Meet at B&Q car park, Naas, at 9.00am.


Top 20 School Yard Birds

 It’s so important that children get to know their local birds and our feathered friends are nearly always out and about in the school yard. Biodiversity in Schools have free printable wall display cards to help our primary school children get to know 20 of the most common birds seen around Irish schools. Further details/downloads at https://www.biodiversityinschools.com/top-20-school-yard-birds.html#


Biodiversity Week 2019

Saturday 18th - Sunday 26th May 2019


Biodiversity Week 2019 Event Guide

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September News


Opening of the Norwegian Polar Exhibition 'On Thin Ice'

In the Athy Heritage Centre Museum/Shackleton the exhibition 'On Thin Ice' captures the dramatic climate changes today, with stunning images, and the story of the unique frozen expedition.  The exhibition demonstrates tangible evidence on the profound consequences of climate change in the Arctic.

Heritage at the Heart

The Heritage Council announced the publication of its new five-year strategic plan 2018-2022 which sets out its vision for Irish heritage and maps the route towards realising that vision. Building on the achievements of previous plans, it is an ambitious and forward-looking document, which introduces new initiatives and offers a clearly stated vision for the future. To view the publication go to https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/publications


Working in Tandem with the Seasons

Ardclough Village Centre are providing a course by Paddy Madden for primary school teachers and locals on 3rd October, 7th November, 5th December, 6th February, 3rd March, 1st April and 5th May from 4-6 pm.  The cost of the course for the 8 sessions is 100 Euros.  For details call: 087-7813044.

This course will enable teachers and people who have an interest in nature education to:

  • Discover through engagement with practical activities what is of relevance in the natural world each month;
  • To teach the content of the strand units, Plant and Animal life, Rocks and Soil, Environmental Awareness and Caring for the Environment using all the senses;
  • To learn about the benefits of engaging with nature regularly for the development of a person's mental and physical well-being and his/her spiritual and aesthetic awareness


Paddy Madden is the author of Go Wild at School and The School Garden and co-founder of SEED, an organisation which promotes school gardening.  He worked for many years as a primary teacher and a lecturer in a College of Education.  He is a Heritage in School specialist since 1999 and has recently completed a doctorate on the state and status of nature awareness, appreciation and education in the Irish primary educational system.


Irish Animals Compendium Book Launch

Little Island Books will host the launch of Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals by Aga Grandowicz and Rob Maguire on the 4th October @6pm in the Trinity Zoological Museum, Dublin. This book, which is aimed at readers age 6+, celebrates the diversity and wonder of Ireland’s fauna from the tiny Eurasian pygmy shrew to the enormous killer whale. Everyone welcome including children. Further details: http://littleisland.ie/