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Heritage Week 2007
Nearly thirty events have been planned through out the county to celebrate Heritage Week in Kildare. This is a great opportunity to discover Kildare’s unique and varied heritage.
Heritage week in takes place from the Sat 26th August to Sun 2nd September and is part of a European Wide initiative with the express aims of fostering awareness of Ireland’s built, natural and cultural heritage, thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation, increasing interest in our shared heritage.
Throughout Kildare, there are a wide variety of events this year and Bridget Loughlin, County Kildare Heritage Officer urges people to come along and take part. Many of these events are lorganised by Local Groups and reflects a growing interest in local history and heritage eplains Bridget.
These events include a series of talks on KFM entitled “Your Time – Your Place”, given by The County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups, Celbridge Library will host a talk  “Desperate Housewives” by Dr. Maebh O’Regan and archaeologist Emer Dennehy will give a presentation on the 13th Century Franciscan site at Grey Abbey and an illustrated talk on the greater Leixlip area in maps, including the Dublin to Mullingar toll or turnpike road will be given by local historian John Colgan in Leixlip library.
For the more active, IPCC are looking for volunteers to assist in the removal of invasive species at Lullymore West Cutaway bog as part of its conservation management
A number of exhibitions will be held through out the county including the History of Leixlip GAA in Leixlip library and a demonstration of online mapping – Historical 19th Century Series will be given by the Ordnance survey of Ireland in Naas Library.
Many local history groups will be hosting events such as a bus trip around Kildare exploring “The Forgotten Heritage of County Kildare" led by Ger McCarthy of Naas Local History group, a guided tour of Johnstown’s Historical Sites by Brian McCabe of Johnstown Local History Group and Kilcullen Heritage Centre will host a reflection on the Capers and their importance to Kilcullen through the 70s and 80's.
Heritage sites within the county, such as the Athy and Kildare Heritage Centre, The National Stud and Maynooth Castle have free admission or special concessions during the week. Kildare County Council has compiled a listing of these and the many other events happening around the County, which is available on www.kildare.ie or in all local libraries. To view a listing of Heritage Week events in other counties go to www.heritageweek.ie or call 1850200878

For further information, please contact, Bridget Loughlin: (045) 980791
Email: bloughlin@kildarecoco.ie

Saturday 25th August to Sunday 2nd September 2007

‘Heritage Week Art Competition’
Athy Heritage Centre is hosting a  ‘Heritage Week Art Competition’ open to both children and adults. The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Nimrod Expedition’.
Children’s Categories are 4-7, 8-13, 14-18. Please write your name, date of birth and phone number on your entry. CLOSING DATE for entries is Wednesday 15th August 2007 before 5p.m.
Venue:                 Athy Heritage Centre, Town Hall
Contact                Margaret Walsh
Tel:                      0598633075
Email:                  athyheritage@eircom.net
Athy Heritage Centre - Museum Exhibitions
The Heritage Centre-Museum houses exhibitions and audio visuals which focus on Ernest Shackleton, Gordan Bennett Race, WW1, Canals among others. 25% off admission prices during Heritage Week.
Venue:    Athy Heritage Centre - museum 
Contact:   Margaret Walsh   
Tel.:    0598633075
Email:    athyheritage@eircom.net
Website:   www.athyheritagecentre-museum.ie 
Tours of St Mary's Church of Ireland, Leixlip. "A place of worship for over 800 years'.
Adult and Child friendly tours of the oldest public building in Leixlip still in regular use. Tours running from 25/08/2007 - 02/09/2007 Times: 9.30am - 3.00pm 
Venue:  St Mary's Church of Ireland, Main Street, Leixlip, Co Kildare, Kildare
Contact:    Helen Ryan
Email:     sta@indigo.ie
Telephone:    01 6240976
Fax:     01 6240846
Removal of Invasive Species – Bog of Allen Nature Centre (IPCC)
Removal of invasive species and coppicing of Birch trees to manage Lullymore West cutaway bog for butterflies, mainly the rare Marsh Fritillary Butterfly. Running from August 27th to September 1st, the main day takes place on Saturday 1st of September
Venue: The Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare
Contact: Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC)
Telephone: 045 – 860133
Email: bogs@ipcc.ie
Fax: 045 – 860481
Web: www.ipcc.ie

History of Leixlip GAA Exhibition
An exhibition tracing the history of the GAA in Leixlip through photographs, newspaper articles and other local history sources running throughout Heritage Week.
Venue:    Leixlip Library
Contact:   Kevin Murphy
Tel.:    01 6060050
Email:    leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie

Art Exhibition at Castletown House
Exhibition by local artists in all mediums. For further information please contact organiser directly.
Venue:    Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
Contact:    Bea O'Connell
Tel:     01 6271275
Exhibition of Memorabilia relating to Kildare Poet and Literary Nationalist Teresa Brayton
Venue:    Maynooth Community Library, Mainstreet, Maynooth
Time:      during normal opening hours
Contact:    Bernadette Gilligan
Tel:     01 6285530
Email:     bgilligan@kildarecoco.ie

Variety of Events at Maynooth Castle
Maynooth Castle will host a variety of events throughout Heritage Week (musical performances, living history exhibitions and GAA related events).
There will also be free guided tours of this 13th century castle, stronghold of the great Earl of Kildare, Garret Mor Fitzgerald
Venue:    Maynooth Castle, Maynooth Co. Kildare
Contact:   Donna O'Connor
Tel:     01 6286744
Email:     maynoothcastle@opw.ie
Irish National Stud 2 for the price of 1
2 for the price of 1 on production of the Heritage Week Booklet. Includes a guided tour of the stud, visit to the Japanese Gardens, the Horse Museum and St. Fiachra's Garden
Venue:    Irish National Stud, Tully Kildare Town, Co. Kildare
Contact:    Frieda O'Connell
Tel:     045 521617
Email:     japanesegardens@eircom.net
Free Entry to Kildare Town Heritage Centre with Fascinating Video
During Heritage week there is free entry to Kildare Town Heritage Centre where you can view a fascinating video on the history and heritage of Kildare Town.
Venue:    Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare.
Contact:   Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Tel:    045 530672
National Science Museum
The museum has the finest collection of historic scientific instruments on public display in Ireland. Contains original apparatus of Nicholas Callan. Tuesday and Thursday 2-4p.m., Sunday 2-6p.m.
Venue:    Museum, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Kildare
Contact:    Niall McKeith
Tel:     01 7083780
Email:     niall.mckeith@nuim.ie
‘Your Time – Your Place’ Radio Talks – KFM
The County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups will be organising radio talks each morning on KFM from Monday 27th July to Friday 31st July on aspects of Kildare’s heritage, both built and natural. Narrated by local poet, writer and broadcaster Mae Leonard.
Venue:     KFM
Contact:   Larry Breen 
Email:    larrybreen8@eircom.net
Presentation of prizes for Heritage Week Art Competition
Heritage week starts with the presentation of both children and adults art competitions at 3.30pm on Friday the 24th. The theme for this year’s competition is the "Nimrod Expedition". The winning entries will be on display for the duration of heritage week and during the Ernest Shackelton Autumn School which is held on the October bank holiday
Venue:                  Athy Heritage Centre, Town Hall
Contact                Margaret Walsh
Tel:                        0598633075
Email:                    athyheritage@eircom.net
Guided Historic Town Walks – Kildare Town
Walks take about an hour and depart from outside the Heritage Centre on Market Square at the following times:
Saturday 25th Aug – 11am, Sunday 26th Aug – 1pm, Monday 27th Aug – 11am, Saturday 1st Sep – 11am, Sunday 2nd Sept – 1pm, Monday 3rd Sept – 11am
Venue:    Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare.
Contact:   Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Tel:    045 530672
Ordnance Survey – Demonstration of Online Mapping – Historical 19th Century Series
A must for all local history researchers and enthusiasts in Naas Library on Thursday 23rd August at 3pm and 7pm
Venue:    Naas Library, Naas, Co. Kildare
Contact:   Naas Library
Tel:    045 879111
Military Medal Fair
Saturday 25th August from 11a.m. to 5p.m.
Venue:    Athy Heritage Centre - museum 
Contact:   Margaret Walsh   
Tel.:    0598633075
Email:    athyheritage@eircom.net
Website:    www.athyheritagecentre-museum.ie

"The Forgotten Heritage of County Kildare" Bus Trip to South County Kildare led by Ger McCarthy
Bus trip to south Kildare based on Ger McCarthy's book, "the forgotten heritage of county Kildare". Organised by Naas Local History Group, departing from the church of the Irish Martyrs at 11am on Saturday the 25th and returning at approximately 5pm. picnic lunch must be brought; cost is 12.50 payable to Ronnie Kinane.
Venue:    Naas church of the Irish Martyrs
Contact:    Ronnie Kinane
Tel:     045 876254
Curragh Local History Group Open Day
In Conjunction with Heritage Week in County Kildare, the Curragh Local History Group is having an open day at their premises at McSweeney Road, Curragh on Saturday 25th August from 10.30a.m. to 4.30p.m.
Venue: Curragh Local History Group, McSweeney Road, Curragh 
Contact:   Oliver Mc Crossan   
Email:    olivermccrossan@eircom.net
Website:   www.athyheritagecentre-museum.ie

Royal Canal Amenity Group Heritage Walk
The Maynooth branch of the royal canal amenity group is organising a walk from Dukes Harbour (Maynooth) to the 14th lock at Jackson’s Bridge (the Kilcock side) on Saturday 25th august at 3.30pm
Venue:    Dukes Harbour, Royal Canal    
Contact:   Declan O’Connor
Email:    kilvic@eircom.net

Guided Tour of Grounds and Chapel of St Patrick’s College with optional visit to the National Science Museum
Sunday 26 august 2007 2.00pm at main gate of St Patrick’s College (near Maynooth Castle)
Venue:    St. Patrick’s College
Contact:   Rita Edwards
Tel.:    01 6016332
Email:    ritaedwards@eircom.net
Donadea Forest Park
Tir na Mona are hosting a talk, followed by a walk in Donadea Forest Park on Sunday 26th August.  This talk will be presented by James Reid.
Venue:                 Meeting at the Castle in Donadea
Time:    3pm
Ballynafagh Lake Walk
Tir na Mona is hosting a walk and talk in Ballynafagh Lake on Monday 27th August. This is a chance to learn about this wonderful biodiversity area and its place in local history. This talk will be lead by Sean Flannery.
Venue:                 Meeting at the car of Ballynafagh Lake car park.
Time:    7.30pm
"It was all for the Craic"
A reflection on the Capers and their importance to Kilcullen through the 70s and 80's. With guests, performances and clips from the past. Wednesday 29th August starting at 8.00pm
Venue:    Kilcullen Heritage Centre, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare
Contact:   Nessa Dunlea
Tel:     0872339610
Email:     dunlea@eircom.net 
Clane local History Heritage walk
Clane Local History Group will celebrate National Heritage Week by organising a walking tour of some of the many ancient sites of this historical village.
The walk begins on Wednesday 29th Aug at Aldi car park at 7.30 p.m.
Official Opening of Jacinta Crowley-Long’s Art Exhibition ‘Lost and Found’
Thursday 30th August – Friday September 14th. Official opening at 7p.m. on Thursday 30th
Venue:    Athy Heritage Centre - museum 
Contact:   Margaret Walsh   
Tel.:    0598633075
Email:    athyheritage@eircom.net
Website:   www.athyheritagecentre-museum.ie

‘Roads, Resolution and Research’ NRA on Archaeological Finds on Road Schemes
The National Roads Authority are holding a seminar at the Gresham Hotel on August 30th admission is free but places are limited and must be booked in advance! Registration on the day is at 9.30 am
Venue:    Gresham Hotel
Contact:   Lillian Butler
Tel.:    01 6602511
Email:    lbutler@nra.ie

‘Leixlip in Maps’ Talk
An illustrated talk on the greater Leixlip area in maps, including the Dublin to Mullingar toll or turnpike road given by local historian John Colgan on the 30th August at 7.30pm
Venue:    Leixlip Library
Contact:   Kevin Murphy
Tel.:    01 6060050
Email:    leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie

Exhibition and Talk on Kildare Poet and Literary Nationalist Teresa Brayton
Exhibition of memorabilia during heritage week and talk starting at 7.30pm Friday 31st August in Maynooth Library followed by traditional Irish Music, Poetry and song.
Venue:    Maynooth Community Library
Contact:   Bernadette Gilligan
Tel.:    01 6285530
Email:    maynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie
Guided Walking Tour of Johnstown's Historical Sites
Local Historian Brian McCabe will lead a walking tour to the many historically significant buildings and sites in and around the village on Saturday 1st of September at 11 am
Venue:    Meet outside MyNu/Kildare Kitchen 11am sharp
Contact:    Johnstown Combined Residents' Association
Email:     johnstownvillage@hotmail.com
Walk and Talk – The History of Transport Systems Serving Kilcock from the 18th to 20th Centuries
Talk given by historian Jim Rochfort, starting from Shaw Bridge at 3pm on Sunday September 2nd.
Venue:    Meet at Shaw Bridge
Contact:   Bernadette Gilligan, Maynooth Community Library 
Tel.:    087 – 7603346 

Heritage Walk to Rathcoffey Castle and Barbeque
Family Day organised by Rathcoffey Historical Group begins with the Annual Heritage day walk to Rathcoffey Castle followed by a barbeque in the grounds of Rathcoffey GAA centre on Sunday 2nd September. Meet outside the school at 3.45pm
Venue:    Rathcoffey Hill/Rathcoffey GAA centre
Contact:   Seamus Cullen

Illustrated Lecture on Grey Abbey, Kildare
Archaeologist Ms Emer Dennehy will talk about excavation work at the 13th Century Franciscan site at Grey Abbey, burial grounds of the Earls of Kildare at 3.00pm at Kildare Shopping Village Sunday 2nd September.
Venue:  Kildare Shopping Village, Meet at entrance near Le Creuset shop, Kildare
Contact:    Mary Glennon
Tel:      045 876243
Email:    glennonmp@eircom.net
Desperate Housewives of the 19th Century
Lecture given by Dr. Maebh O’Regan in Celbridge Library on Monday 3rd September at 8pm
Venue:    Celbridge Community Library   
Contact:   Marianne, Celbridge Community Library 
Tel.:    01-6272207
Email:    celbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie
Bat Walk and Talk in Ballymore Eustace
Conor Kelleher for Bat Conservation Ireland will give a presentation on these fascinating creatures and then lead a walk about town to find them on Tuesday 4th September. Sponsored by Kildare County Council. Starting at 7p.m. Bring suitable rain gear and a torch. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Venue:    Parish Centre, Ballymore Eustace
Time:    7p.m. Tuesday 4th September
Women's Integrate Network Craft Exhibition
Friday 14th September 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Venue:                  Athy Heritage Centre, Town Hall
Contact                Margaret Walsh
Tel:                        0598633075
Email:                    athyheritage@eircom.net

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