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Heritage Week- Share a Story/Make a Connection

Heritage Week 2018 commences on Saturday 18 August and runs until Sunday 26 August.  This year is packed full of exciting events all across the county, all of which celebrate Kildare’s rich and varied heritage and everyone is invited to come out and get involved. Most events are free, and some require booking.

“I am amazed at the number and variety of events happening during Heritage week this year. We have a hundred events taking place, many of which are organised by history, heritage and tidy towns groups to showcase their local heritage. I have to commend community and heritage groups for their enthusiasm and energy during heritage week each year” said Bridget Loughlin, County Kildare Heritage Officer. 

This year National Heritage Week focuses on the theme of “Share a Story/Make a Connection”.As a call to action to celebrateour tradition of storytelling, people are invited to share their stories with others, be they about a family heirloom, about traditional crafts, skills or music, or about little-known facts or forgotten places in their local area.

National Heritage Week demonstrates how people can play their part in protecting our natural heritage all year long, from making our gardens pollinator-friendly to volunteering for local clean ups and citizen science projects. It is an opportunity to learn how we can protect our endangered species and habitats and see how the work and commitment of local communities is conserving nature, for us and for future generations.

From open days at historic buildings to hands-on heritage fun for children there is something for everyone to enjoy this National Heritage Week. Maynooth Library invites you to explore the impact of the First World War on the Irish Country House, the surrounding estate and its inhabitants at the Russell Library. During the week you can take a cruise on a canal barge from Sallins to the Leinster Aqueduct and see one of the best examples of 18th-century canal engineering or travel by barge along the Barrow navigation from Emily square in Athy.

Many of Kildare libraries will host a variety of talks. Join Kildare Historian James Durney for a talk about the end of the First World War “End of Days: 1918 in a number of libraries across the county or Mario Corrigan, local studies librarian, will examine the tragedy of the sinking of the RMS Leinster 10 October 1918, the single largest loss of life in the Irish Sea,  and explore the many Kildare Connections to the sinking.

The IPCC are hosting a fun family event at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre.  The day will include a walk to Lodge Bog to showcase the restoration work that has been done to enhance the habitat for the rare breeding Curlew, followed by a sensory earth walk. Josephine Hardiman, Artist and calligrapher, will host a calligraphy workshop “Calligraphy Together” – A free workshop for children and their parents.

Castletown House will host many events including a musical recital by Patrick Rafter in the Long Gallery, a Country Market, a 'Below Stairs Tour' focusing on lives and roles of servants at Castletown House, tours of the House and Parkland and a display of the history of beekeeping in Kildare in the last century.

A number of child friendly events are being held throughout the county including a series of fun events and activities aimed at children of primary school age, exploring Kildare's natural heritage, including child focused tours of Castletown House and Maynooth Castle.  The Kildare Branch of Birdwatch will host a child friendly introduction to bird watching in Donadea and Kildare Bat group are leading a number of bat walks in Newbrigde, Maynooth and Kilcock.

Many properties in private ownership are open during Heritage Week such as Tea Lane Graveyard, St Mullin's Church Timolin and St James' Church Castledermot and the Landmark Trust will host an open day at the Round House and Batty Langley Lodge at Castletown, Celbridge.

Heritage Week is part of a European wide initiative with the express aim of fostering awareness of Ireland’s built, natural and cultural heritage, thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation and increasing interest in our shared heritage.

Heritage Week presents an opportunity to take part in one of the numerous walks organised by community groups to present and explain local heritage and to discover the wealth of fascinating heritage within the county. National Heritage Week is a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on not only our heritage but the work of hundreds of Kildare volunteers who give their time to preserve and promote it. 

Kildare County Council has compiled a listing of these and the many other events happening around the County. These are available on

and in all local libraries. To view a listing of Heritage Week events in other counties please go to or call 1850 200 978.

Notes for editors:

Kildare Events listed below or at:

For further information, please contact, Bridget Loughlin: (045) 980791 (087) 9676841








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