Talk: Stories from Life and Death

St Patrick’s College, Maynooth to host a talk entitled Stories from life and death in Maynooth College Cemetery to mark National Heritage Week 2018

Maynooth CollegeMaynooth

Event Details

  • Tue 21 Aug - Wed 22 Aug  2018
  • 12 noon & 4.00pm

  • Venue Details
    Maynooth College


In its tranquil setting on a busy university campus, Maynooth College Cemetery has received the mortal remains of over 150 college residents over a period of two hundred years. This tour will focus on their life stories and their contribution to spiritual, cultural and political life in Ireland from the revolutionary era of 1798 onward.

This free Heritage Week event can be combined with regular tours of the college, see for times, prices, etc. A 50% discount will apply to regular college tours during Heritage Week.

Speaking about the event, Anna Porter of St Patrick's College, Maynooth Archives Office said: "We are very glad of the opportunity to introduce members of the Maynooth community and others from further afield, to the interesting histories of those interred in the college cemetery. Denis Bergin, who will give the talk, organised the recent refurbishment of the cemetery and has uncovered fascinating stories relating to those who lie there."

The theme of this year's National Heritage Week is 'Sharing Stories'. During the week-long celebration of Ireland's heritage, communities across Ireland are encouraged to share heritage stories in new ways, with new people. Coordinated by the Heritage Council, National Heritage Week is Ireland's most popular cultural event and this year more than 570,000 people are expected to participate in over 2,000 heritage events around the country. 

The aim of National Heritage Week is to build heritage awareness and appreciation while shining a light on the great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. One of the highlights of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, this year's Heritage Week will also include many activities which explore and celebrate connections with our European neighbours and promote a sense of belonging to a common European space.

Commenting on this year's programme of events, Chairman of the Heritage Council, Michael Parsons, said: "Our cultural heritage belongs to everyone so we are encouraging everyone to get involved, to share a story and make a connection during Heritage Week."

"People of all ages will have ample opportunity to find out more about our nature, history and culture by taking part in tours, walks, talks, exhibitions, outdoor activities and much more. From wildlife boat tours to storytelling workshops for children, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Most Heritage Week events are family-friendly and free of charge so that our shared heritage can be accessed and appreciated by all."   

For a full listing of all National Heritage Week events around Kildare and around the country please go to or pick up a brochure from your local library and Tourist Office.

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