ATHY HERITAGE CENTRE – plans for Medieval festival and review of Shackleton School

by mariocorrigan on October 31, 2007

South Kildare Medieval Festival
Margaret Walsh
The South Kildare Medieval Festival Committee is pleased to announce the launch of their preparatory campaign to hold a Medieval Festival in Athy in April 2008. Invitations will go out to interested groups and individuals to participate in the organizing and carrying through of the archaeologically focused festival with the aims of getting publicity for the finds over many years in the south county area.
The Launch on November 4th at the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum in Athy will give a taste of what is to come with displays of objects, both photographic and real, of ancient artifacts with archaeologist in attendance to guide that attending public interest. As a backdrop re-enactors in period costume will display weapons and armour, and provide an interactive experience with calligraphy and coin striking. We hope to provide a spectial of weapons in use as warriors square off nearby.
All are welcome and admission is free. So for a fun afternoon join us at the Athy heritage Centre-Museum in Athy on Sunday 4th November next between 12noon and 4 p.m.

Margaret Walsh
Athy Heritage Centre and Museum played host to the 7th annual Shackleton Autumn School over the October Bank Holiday weekend.
The weekend was opened by journalist Kevin Myers whose lecture on Ireland and a multi-cultural society generated a lively debate among the very large attendance on the Friday night.
The weekend provided, as ever, a wide variety of events to interest all tastes. The series of lectures dealt with many aspects of Shackleton’s life but also with the environmental threat to the Antarctic and on Saturday night the annual Shackleton dinner was fully subscribed at the Carlton Court Hotel, where Jacintha O Donnell entertained the diners with music and song. The Antarctic recreation group drew a steady stream of interested passers-by to their tent outside the Heritage Centre, where reproduction clothing, utensils, a sledge and equipment from the Shackleton expeditions were on show.
Sunday saw a morning of lectures and a film in the afternoon. On Sunday night the main library was packed for the performance of the Armagh Rhymers who, with their masks, poetry and music, brought the works of Patrick Kavanagh and other Irish writers to life.
The weekend concluded with a bus and walking tour of Ballitore on Monday morning where, again, a full complement of people visited the Quaker Meeting House, Mary Leadbeater house, Quaker school site and the Shaker store.
The organising committee expressed delight at the increased number attending this year’s school – all of the events were sold out – and they are already planning for next year’s events.
Margaret Walsh, Manager of the Athy Heritage Centre, announces plans for a Medieval Festival in 2008 and reviews this years Shackleton Autumn School

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