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HERITAGE WEEK EVENTS IN CO. KILDARE 2009

Heritage Week Events in Co. Kildare 2009
 
01  KILDARE TOWN HERITAGE CENTRE, KILDARE TOWN.
Located in the restored Market House opposite St. Brigids Cathedral is an Exhibition telling
the story of Kildare past and present.
Date: Sat 22nd August – 29th August
Time: 9.30am - 5pm
Contact: Mary Stones
Venue: Kildare Town Heritage Centre.
Adm: Free
Tel: 045-530672
02 RESTORATION WORKS AT LODGE BOG SOUTH WEST
Irish Peatland Conservation Council
Volunteer Days at Lullymore West Bog, Co. Kildare. Work with the IPCC to help block drains
that were opened during the development of this peatland in the past. The drain blocking
will help us to preserve the habitat of the endangered marsh Fritillary butterfl y. Bring wellies
and packed lunch.
Date: Sat 22nd August – Sun 30th August
Venue: Bog of Allen Nature Centre
Contact: Cillian Breathnach
Tel: 045-860133
Adm: Free
03 TOURS OF ST. MARY’S CHURCH OF IRELAND
Leixlip Union Parish
The Church was built 1179 and destroyed by the Bruce forces in 1317. The Church and Tower
were not restored until mid 15th Century.
Date: Sat(S) 22nd & 29th Aug Also Tue 25th & Thurs 27th Aug
Time: 10.00am – 1pm
Venue: St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Main Street, Leixlip,
Tel: 01-6240976
Contact: Helen Ryan
Email: Stag@Indigo.Ie
04 MAYNOOTH CASTLE_ FAMILY FUN DAY
The O_ ce of Public Works
Family day on Sat 22nd (Heritage day) with music from Push for Porter, face painting and
kids games in the afternoon.
Date: Sat 22nd August
Time: 10am
Venue: Maynooth Castle, Maynooth
Contact: Donna O’connor
Tel: 01-6286744
Adm: Free
Email: Maynoothcastle@Opw.Ie
05 MAYNOOTH CASTLE_ GUIDED TOUR
The Office of Public Works
In 1176 Strongbow granted the manor of Maynooth to Maurice Fitzgerald who erected a
castle for protection against the native Irish. In 1426 the sixth Earl of Kildare enlarged and
rebuilt the castle. In the latter half of the fi fteenth century, Maynooth Castle became the
centre of the Geraldine powerbase
Date: Sat 22nd August - Sun 30th August
Venue: Maynooth Castle, Maynooth
Time: 10am - 5pm - Fri 28 Aug 10am - 16pm
Contact: Donna O’connor
Tel: 01-6286744
Adm: Free
Email: Maynoothcastle@opw.ie
06 ‘GORE AND GARDEROBES GALORE’ _ Guided tour of Maynooth Castle for children
The Office of Public Works
In 1176 Strongbow granted the manor of Maynooth to Maurice Fitzgerald who erected a
castle for protection against the native Irish. In 1426 the sixth Earl of Kildare enlarged and
rebuilt the castle. In the latter half of the fi fteenth century, Maynooth Castle became the
centre of the Geraldine powerbase
Date: Sat 22nd, Sun 23rd And Sat 29th
Venue: Maynooth Castle, Maynooth
Contact: Donna O’connor
Tel: 01-6286744
Adm: Free
Time: 11am -10.30am & 1pm- 1.30pm 10am – 5pm, Friday 28 August 10am - 4pm
Email: Maynoothcastle@opw.Ie
07 ARCHIVAL VIEWS OF FITZGERALD CASTLES AND BUILDINGS
The O_ ce of Public Works
A photographic exhibition of some of the many castles and buildings associated with the
Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare and Dukes of Leinster.
Date: Sat 22nd August - Sun 30th August
Venue: Maynooth Castle, Maynooth
Time: 10am – 6pm
Contact: Donna O’Connor Tel: 01-6286744
Adm: Free Email: Maynoothcastle@opw.ie
08 PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION
Naas Local History Group
An exhibition of people, places and events from old and modern Naas.
Date: Sat 22nd August - Wed 29th August
Venue: Naas Library, Basin St., Naas
Time: 10.00am - 6pm: Wed 29th 10am - 1pm
Contact: Larry Breen Tel: 045-897445
Adm: Free Email: larrybreen8@eircom.net
09 WALK & TALK COMMEMORATING THE FITZGERALD HERITAGE IN MAYNOOTH
Maynooth Local History Group
Short talk at St. Mary’s Church followed by walk through Maynooth town & Carton Avenue
to FitzGerald burial plot at Carton House for second talk.
Date: Sat 22nd August
Venue: St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Maynooth & Carton House, Maynooth
Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Contact: Rita Edwards Tel: 01-6016332
Adm: Free Email: ritaedwards@eircom.net
10 GUIDED TOUR OF KILDROUGHT HOUSE
Celbridge Community Council
Come and experience this wonderful house – a Dublin Merchant’s house of 1719 in the heart
of Celbridge.
Date: Sat 22nd August
Time: 10.30 – 11.30am
Venue: Kildrought House
Contact: Rhoda Judge Tel: 01-6279145
Adm: Free Email: judger@live.ie
11 GUIDED TOUR OF CASTLETOWN HOUSING ESTATE
Celbridge Community Council
Date: Sat 22nd August
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Venue: Castletown Estate, Entrance Gates Main Street Celbridge.
Contact: Rhoda Judge Tel: 01-6279145
Adm: Free Email: judger@live.ie
12 INTERFACE_“MANY PLACES MANY FACES” Photographic Exhibition by Gino Kenny
Athy Heritage Centre & Museum
An exhibition of photographs from all around the world.
Date: Sat 22nd – Sun 30th August
Time: 22nd & 23rd 11.30an – 15.30pm
24th to 28th 10.00am – 17.00pm
29th & 30th 11.30am – 15.30pm
Adm: €3. Family ticket = €8.
Venue: Athy Heritage Centre & Museum, The Town Hall Emily Sq., Athy
Contact: Margaret Walsh
Tel: 059-8633075 Email: athyheritage@eircom.net
13 ARCHIVAL VIEWS OF FITZGERALD CASTLES AND BUILDINGS
O_ ce of Public Works
A photographic exhibition of some of the many castles and buildings with connections to
the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare and Dukes of Leinster.
Date: Sat 22nd August – Sun 30th August
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Maynooth Castle, Maynooth. Tel: 01-6286744
Adm: Free Email: maynoothcastle@opw.ie
14 ATHY HERITAGE CENTRE _ MUSEUM
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.
Date: Sat 22nd August – Sun 30th August
Time: 10am – 1pm closed for lunch. Open 2pm– 5pm
Adm: €2 Adults. Children free during Heritage Week.
Venue: Museum situated in the early 18 century town hall.
Contact: Margaret Walsh
Email: athyheritage@eircom.net Tel: 059-8633075
15 NATIONAL SCIENCE MUSEUM _ MAYNOOTH
See the largest collection of scientifi c instruments on public display in Ireland. The Scientifi c
artefacts include the apparatus of the renowned Fr. Nicholas Callan, inventor of the
induction coil.
Date: Sun 23rd Aug, Tue 25th Aug. Thurs 27th Aug & Sun 30th Aug
Time: 2pm – 4pm Sun, 2pm – 4pm Tue & Thurs day
Venue: National Science Museum, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth
Contact: Dr. Niall McKeith Tel: 01-7083780
Adm: Free Email: niall.mckeith@nuim.ie
16 HISTORIC TOWN GUIDED WALKING TOUR
Kildare Heritage Company
Discover this historically important Irish town and learn about the mythology of Fionn
MacCumhaill & St. Bridid patroness of the Gaels. Walk led by Mario Corrigan, local historian.
Date: Sun 23rd & 30th August
Time: 1pm – 2.30pm
Venue: Outside Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market House,
Market Sq., Kildare Town.
Contact: Mary Stones
Tel: 045-530672
Email: kildaretownheritagecen@ireland.com
17 PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION _ “ASPECTS OF MAYNOOTH”
Maynooth Local History Group
Third photographic exhibition; showing aspects of Maynooth life in times past.
Date: Mon 24th August - Fri 28th August
Time: 9.30am – 5pm – Mon 24th 2pm – 8pm
Adm: Free
Venue: Maynooth Community Library, Main St., Maynooth
Contact: Fergus White
Tel: 01-6286557
Email: ferguswhite@yahoo.com
18 RADIO TALKS: ‘YOUR PLACE_YOUR HERITAGE’
County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups
Daily radios talk on various aspects of County Kildare history and heritage narrated by local
writer and poet Mae Leonard.
Date: Mon 25th August - Friday day 29th August
Time: 9.00am – 12.00am
Venue: KFM Radio, M7 Industrial Park, and Naas.
Contact: Larry Breen
Tel: 045-897445 Email: ibreen8@eircom.net
19 TALK ON THE CUTAWAY PEATLANDS OF IRELAND
Irish Peatland Conservation Council
Talk will include the uses of peat, the loss of peatland biodiversity and the future options
for Ireland’s cutaway peatlands. The evening will fi nish will a guided tour of a cutaway in
Lullymore Bog.
Date: Tue 25th August
Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
Venue: Bog of Allen Nature Centre
Contact: Cillian Breathnach Tel: 045-860133
Adm: Free Email: bogs@ipcc.ie
20  ‘ARCHAEOLOGY UNCOVERS’ _LECTURE
Athy Heritage Centre & Museum
Archaeology Uncovers highlights the various treasures found in the County of Kildare
Date: Tue 25th August
Time: 19.30pm – 20.30pm
Venue: Athy Heritage Centre & Museum.
Contact: Karen Woods Tel: 059-8633075
Adm: Free Email: athyheritage@eircom.net
21 ‘150 YEARS OF WOMEN’S ROLE IN THE BIG HOUSE’
Kilcullen Heritage Group
Lecture by Coletee Jordan, Historical Researcher on Duchesses of Leinster who resided in
Carton House
Date: Wed 26th August
Time: 8pm – 9.30pm
Adm: Free
Venue: Kilcullen Town Hall & Heritage Centre, Lower Main St., Kilcullen
Contact: Nessa Dunlea
Tel: 087-2339610
Email: nessadunlea@gmail.com
22 “CREATIVE MINDS: PRODUCTION, MANUFACTURING AND INVENTION IN
ANCIENT IRELAND”
NRA on Archaeological Finds on Road Schemes
The National Roads Authority’s annual seminar this year will examine the archaeological
evidence for production, manufacturing and invention discovered on national road schemes
in recent
Places are limited and must be booked in advance.
Date: Thurs 27th August
Time: 9.30am registration
Adm: Free
Venue: Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin.
Contact: Lillian Butler
Tel: 01 6602511
Email: lbutler@nra.ie
23 ‘LEIXLIP & GUINNESS 250’
Leixlip Community Library
Presentation by Patrick Guinness on the history of Guinness brewing in Leixlip including a
presentation on Arthur Guinness and maps of Leixlip.
Date: Thurs 27th August
Time: 7.30pm- 9.30pm
Venue: Leixlip Community Library, Captain’s Hill, Leixlip
Contact: John Duggan
Tel: 01-6060050
Email: leixlip@kildarecoco.ie
24  ‘ASPECTS OF CASTLETOWN’_ TALK _ Speakers John Olley and Dr Patrick Walsh
Castletown House
This is a free ticketed event so booking is required.
Date: Thurs 27th August
Time: 8pm
Adm: Free booking is required.
Venue: The Long Gallery
Contact: Clare Hickey
Tel: 01-6288252
Email: Castletown@opw.ie
25 PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION _ ST PATRICK’S CHURCH CELBRIDGE
Celbridge Library
Photographs depicting the history of St Patrick’s, church Celbridge
Date: Thurs 27th August - Friday 11th September
Adm: Free
Venue: Celbridge Public library
Contact: Marianne Heff ernan
Tel: 01-6272207
Email: celbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie
26 ‘ONLY A WOMAN’S HAIR’ _ JONATHAN SWIFT
Celbridge Community Council
Join noted author Pat Dunne perform this piece as Jonathan Swift.
Date: Friday 28th August
Time: 7.30pm – 9pm
Adm: Free
Venue: Kate Walsh House, The Mill, Main St., Celbridge
Contact: Rhoda Judge
Tel: 01-6279145
Email: judge@live.ie
27 VISIT THE ROUND HOUSE AND GATE HOUSE
Castletown, Celbridge The Irish Land Mark Trust
Visitors have the opportunity to come and view the work of the Irish Land Mark Trust. The
Irish Landmark Trust Ltd. was founded in 1992 with a remit to save interesting and unusual
‘landmark’ properties throughout the whole of Ireland and to re-use them, once restored,
as good quality self catering holiday accommodation. At its heart is the principle that the
structure itself is of prime importance and any interventions must respect this.
Date: Sun 30th August
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: The Round House & Gate House, Castletown, Celbridge
Adm: Free
Contact: Louise Wogan
Tel: 01-6704733
Email: bookings@irishlandmark.com
28 WELLY WALK THROUGH CASTLETOWN HOUSE PARKLANDS
Celbridge Community Council
Join Cathriona Russell, Horticulturist, on this wonderful nature walk for all the family to
enjoy.
Date: Sun 30th August
Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Adm: Free.
Venue: Castletown House, Celbridge
Contact: Rhoda Judge
Tel: 01-6279145
Email: judger@live.ie
29 CASTLETOWN HOUSE_ GUIDED TOURS
Date: Sun 30th August
Time: 10am – 4.45pm
Venue: Castletown House, Celbridge.
Contact: Claire Hickey Tel: 01-6288252
Adm: Free Email: castletown@opw.ie
30 AFTERNOON MUSICAL RECITAL _ “SUNDAY SUMMER SERIES”
Castletown House
Date: Sun 30th August
Time: 2pm-4pm
Venue: Castletown House Entrance Hall, Celbridge
Contact: Claire Hickey Tel: 01-6288252
Adm: Free Email: castletown@opw.ie
31TALK AT JIGGINSTOWN HOUSE, NAAS
County Kildare Archaeological Society
A talk by Ms Anna Dolan, Snr. Architect with the OPW on the conservation work being
carried out on the building. Began in 1636-7 by Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Straff ord, Lord
Deputy of Ireland from 1633 to 1640 but never fi nished. The house was one of the fi rst ones
built with red-brick in Ireland
Date: Sun 30th August
Time: 3pm- 4.30pm
Adm: Free
Venue: Jigginstown House, Newbridge Road, Naas
Contact: Mary Glennon
Tel: 045-876243
Email: secretary@kildarearchsoc.ie
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTAT KILDARE HERITAGE OFFICER,
BRIDGET LOUGHLIN,
TEL: 045 980791,
EMAIL: BLOUGHLIN@KILDARECOCO.IE
 
 

A list of events for Heritage Week 2009, taking place in County Kildare.


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