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HERITAGE WEEK 2011

 

HERITAGE WEEK 2011

Heritage Week 2011 commences on Saturday 20th August and runs until Sunday 28th August.  This year is packed full of exciting events all across the county all of which celebrate Kildare’s rich and varied heritage. Heritage Week 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 and increasing interest in our shared heritage.

“The wide range of heritage events organised primarily by community groups and local history groups across the county demonstrates a great pride and growing awareness of Kildare’s heritage” said Bridget Loughlin, County Kildare Heritage Officer.  Events include; An Archaeology Tour of the Little Curragh, Family Fun Day at Maynooth Castle, Guided Tour of Kildrought House, The Church of the Oak – Slideshow of photographs of Kildare Town, Bog of Allen Nature Centre Open Day and Straffan Butterfly Farm.

There are a number of events in Castletown including a Country Market, Sunday Summer Series, Evening Tours, Forgotten Voices – the Great Irish Famine revealed through the Strokestown Estate Archive.

A number of child friendly events are being held through out the county including
Children’s Art Workshops in Castletown House, Traditional Tales, Children’s Heritage Hunt, Sow and Grow.

Many local libraries will be hosting events such as Naas – Exhibition: Who do you think you are?; Clane – An illustrated tale on Clongowes Wood College and Local Connections; Leixlip – Tales of Leixlip in the 1950’s an illustrated talk; Celbridge – Historical Talk; Kildare – Shackleton Lecture

Many local history groups will be hosting events such as a Guided Bus Tour of the Rathcoffey Area (Rathcoffey Group) and The Fitzgerald Walk (Maynooth Group). The Landmark Trust will host an open day at the Round House and Batty Langley Lodge at Castletown, Celbridge.

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.

To celebrate heritage Week 2011 the Heritage Council is inviting participants to take place in two national events, National Heritage Week Photography Competition and National ‘Tell Tale’ storytelling Competition.  Details of how to enter both competitions can be obtained from the Heritage Week website details below.

 Kildare County Council has compiled a listing of these and the many other events happening around the County. These are available on www.kildare.ie and in all local libraries. To view a listing of Heritage Week events in other counties please go to www.heritageweek.ie or call 1850 200 978.

Kildare Events listed below.
For further information, please contact, Bridget Loughlin: (045) 980791 (087) 9676841
Email: bloughlin@kildarecoco.ie.
Kildare Events


ARCHAEOLOGY
Killeen Cormac: A Tour Of The Early Ecclesiastical Site
A tour of the early ecclesiastical site, most famous for its collection of ogham stones, led by archaeologist Dr Sharon Greene.

Venue:   Killeen Cormac, Colbinstown.
Cost:   Free
Organiser: County Kildare Archaeological Society and Dr Sharon Greene
Name:   Elizabeth Connelly
Telephone: 045 437321
Date:  Sun 21st
Time:  15:00 – 16:45

The Archaeology of the Little Curragh
A guided walk to view some of the archaeological features of The Little Curragh, led by archaeologist Mr Padraig Clancy.

Venue:   Meet in the car park Cill Dara Golf Club, Little Curragh, Kildare. (By courtesy of the Captain, Mr Oliver    Meade).
Cost:  Free
Organiser:  County Kildare Archaeological Society
Name:   Elizabeth Connelly
Telephone:  045 437321
Date:  Sun 28th
Time:  15:00 - 17:00

ARCHIVES
A Day in the Life of Celbridge
Come one and all let's grab your cameras and take to the streets of Celbridge on Sat 20th Aug. Photographs can be taken at anytime of the day or night, in any location in or around Celbridge and of anything (within reason) as long as the photo is taken on Sat 20th Aug 2011. Snap away until you capture that picture that sums up how you're feeling, what you're doing or even just what is happening around you in Celbridge on Sat 20th Aug. Then log onto our website for details of how and when
to upload your photo to our Page on Facebook, plus details of where else in the village these photos will be displayed during Heritage Week. (Note: We reserve the right to exclude any Images that we deem inappropriate).

Venue:   Online/Facebook, www.facebook.com/CelbridgeCommunityCouncil
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Celbridge Community Council
Name:   Yolande Barrett
Telephone:  087 0911571
Date:  Sat 20th
Time:  08:00 - 23:00

FOLKLORE
Friday Night At The Mill
A musical line-up of local groups, open to all over 12yrs of age, but best suited to those young at heart i.e. 12-25yrs old. Important: Anyone under 16 years of age who wants to attend without a parent or guardian will need to provide their parents name and mobile number, and by doing so consents to us contacting their parents prior to the event. Please note that booking is essential: Book online @ www.celbridgecommunitycouncil.ie or by calling 087 0911 571 Tickets must be presented at the door or admission will be refused! This is strictly an Alcohol & Drug Free event! Please check our website for updates or changes.

Venue:   The Mill Community Centre, Main Street, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser: Celbridge Community Council
Name:   Yolande Barrett
Telephone: 087 0911571
Date:  Fri 26th
Time:  19:45 - 22:30

Tell-a-Tale
Join us for "Shut-up", a play about a troubled teenager who nobody listens to. Please note that booking is essential: Book  online @ www.celbridgecommunitycouncil.ie or by calling 087 0911 571. Please check our website for updates or changes.

Venue:   The Mill Community Centre, Main Street, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Celbridge Community Council
Name:   Yolande Barrett
Telephone:  087 0911571
Date:  Sat 27th
Time:  16:00 - 17:00

Sunday Summer Series at Castletown House
The music recitals are held within the environs of Castletown House on Sunday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm. No  booking required. Seated event. The Sunday Summer Series are held every Sunday afternoon from the 5th of June until the
25th of September. Please refer to www.castletown.ie for the music programme.

Venue:   Castletown House, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  OPW
Name:   Claire Hickey
Telephone: 01 6288252
Dates & Times: Sun 21st August 14:00 - 16:00
  Sun 28th August 14:00 - 16:00

GENEALOGY
Who Do You Think You Are: Information Evening / Tracing Your Family Tree
Information evening on undertaking family history research. The U.S. version of the "Who Do You Think You Are" T.V.  series recently filmed Rosie O'Donnell tracing her family tree in Kildare Local Studies Department in Newbridge. This event will see a representative from Kildare Local Studies provide a description on the research undertaken for this programme,  along with an overview of how to research your own family tree. There will also be an opportunity for a questions and answers session.

Venue:   Naas Community Library, The Harbour, Naas.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Naas Community Library
Name:   Kevin Murphy
Telephone:  045 879111
Date:  Tue 23rd
Time:  20:00 - 21:30

Exhibition: Who Do You Think You Are?
Exhibition based on the RTE/BBC "Who Do You Think You Are" Television Series. There will be an information evening on tracing your family history - to coincide with this exhibition - on Tuesday 23rd August 2011.

Venue:   Naas Community Library, The Harbour, Naas.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Naas Community Library
Name:   Kevin Murphy
Telephone:  045 879111
Dates & Times: Sat 20th 10:00 - 17:00
  Tue 23rd 10:00 - 20:00
  Wed 24th 10:00 - 17:00
  Thu 25th 10:00 - 20:00
  Fri 26th 10:00 - 17:00
  Sat 27th 10:00 - 17:00

HISTORIC BUILDINGS AND GARDENS 
An Illustrated Talk on Clongowes Wood College and Local Connections
An illustrated talk on Clongowes Wood College and local Clane connections by Brendan Cullen and John Noonan. This talk is in conjunction with a photographic exhibition which will be on display for Heritage Week.

Venue:   Clane Community Library, The Woods, Clane, Co. Kildare.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Clane Local History Group in association with Clane Community Library
Name:   Jacqueline McCabe
Telephone:  045 892716
Date:   Tue 23rd
Time:  20:00 - 21:30

Family Fun Day at Maynooth Castle
Take a free guided tour and enjoy a day of fun for all ages in Maynooth Castle. Contact Maynooth Castle for further details.

Venue:   Maynooth Castle, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  The Office of Public Works
Name:   Guide Staff
Telephone:  01 6286744
Date:   Sat 20th
Time:   11:00 - 17:30

Open Day at the Round House
The Irish Landmark Trust rescues and restores Ireland's built heritage. Come and experience an authentically restored C18th gatehouse. Self-guided tour of this restored property now available as a holiday home.

Venue:   The Round House, Castletown, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  The Irish Landmark Trust
Name:   Caroline Crowley
Telephone:  01 6704733
Date:   Sun 28th
Time:  10:00 - 16:00

Open Day at the Batty Langley Lodge
The Irish Landmark Trust rescues and restores Ireland's built heritage. Come and experience an authentically restored C18th Gothic gatelodge. Self guided tour of this restored property now available as a holiday home.

Venue:   The Batty Langley Lodge, Castletown, Leixlip.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  The Irish Landmark Trust
Name:   Caroline Crowley
Telephone:  01 6704733
Date:   Sun 28th
Time:    10:00 - 16:00

Guided Tour of Kildrought House
Kildrought House is a Dublin Merchant's house from 1719. Come and experience this wonderful house in the heart of  Celbridge. Booking essential: book online at www.celbridgecommunitycouncil.ie or phone 087 0911 571. Check our website for updates or changes!

Venue:   Kildrought House, Main Street, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Celbridge Community Council
Name:   Yolande Barrett
Telephone:  087 0911571
Date:   Sat 20th
Time:  11:00 - 12:00

Guided Tour of Killadoon House
Killadoon House was built between 1765 and 1770, and sits within its landscaped park. Its intact decorative scheme dates  from the 1820's. Please note that booking is essential: Book online @ www.celbridgecommunitycouncil.ie or by calling 087 0911 571. Check website for updates or changes.

Venue:   Killadoon House, Clane Road, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Celbridge Community Council
Name:   Yolande Barrett
Telephone:  087 0911571
Date:   Sun 21st
Time:   11:00 - 12:00

Guided Tour
Take a lively guided tour of this fascinating building, a centre of political power and culture in early 16th century Ireland. Please contact Maynooth Castle for details of other Heritage Week events at the Castle.

Venue:   Maynooth Castle, Maynooth.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  The Office Of Public Works
Name:   Catherine O’Connor
Telephone:  01 6286744
Dates & Times: Sat 20th 10:00 - 17:00
  Sun 21st 10:00 - 17:00
  Mon 22nd 10:00 - 17:00
  Tue 23rd 10:00 - 17:00
  Wed 24th 10:00 - 17:00
  Thu 25th 10:00 - 17:00
  Fri 26th 10:00 - 17:00
  Sat 27th 10:00 - 17:00
  Sun 28th 10:00 - 17:00

Country Market at Castletown House
Country Market at Castletown House. Vehicle Access Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West. Dublin Bus, 67 to Celbridge Main Street.

Venue:   Castletown House, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Caoilfhionn Murphy
Telephone:  01 6288252
Date:   Sun 21st
Time:  10:00 - 17:00

Tower of Allen: Hill of Allen
Access to the Hill of Allen tower steeped in history and with commanding views of the surrounding areas. On each step of the tower is inscribed the names of the men and women who built it.

Venue:   Tower of Allen, Hill of Allen, Allen.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Regina Heavey
Telephone:  087 2840752
Dates & Times: Sat 20th 10:00 - 16:00
  Sun 21st 10:00 - 16:00
  Mon 22nd 10:00 - 16:00
  Tue 23rd 10:00 - 16:00
  Wed 24th 10:00 - 16:00
  Thu 25th 10:00 - 16:00
  Fri 26th 10:00 - 16:00
  Sat 27th 10:00 - 16:00
  Sun 28th 10:00 - 16:00

Guided Tour of Maynooth Castle
Take a lively guided tour of this fascinating building, a centre of political power and culture in early 16th century Ireland. Please contact Maynooth Castle for details of other Heritage Week events at the Castle.

Venue:   Maynooth Castle
Cost:  Free
Organiser:  OPW
Telephone:  01 6286744
Dates & Times:  20th August 10:00 – 17:00
  21st August 10:00 – 17:00
  22nd August 10:00 – 17:00
  23rd August 10:00 – 17:00
  24th August 10:00 – 17:00
  25th August 10:00 – 17:00
  26th August 10:00 – 17:00
  27th August 10:00 – 17:00
  28th August 10:00 – 17:00

Tour of St. Mary’s Church of Ireland
The earliest parts of the building date back to the 13th century.

Venue:   St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Main Street, Leixlip
Cost:  Free 
Organiser:  Leixlip Union of Parishes
Name:   Helen Ryan
Telephone:  01 6240976
Dates & Times:  20th August 10:00 – 13:00
  22ndAugust 14:00 – 17:00 
  24th August 14:00 – 17:00
  26th August 15:00 – 18:00
  27th August 10:00 – 13:00

LOCAL HISTORY
Tales of Leixlip in the 1950’s: An Illustrated Talk in Leixlip Library
This illustrated talk will be presented by Tony Maher and will be of great interest to those born and bred in Leixlip as well as newcomers to the town.

Venue:   Leixlip Library, Captain's Hill, Leixlip.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Leixlip History Club
Name:   Joan O’Gorman
Telephone:  01 6060050
Date:   Thu 25th
Time:  19:00 - 20:30

Guided Bus Tour of Rathcoffey Area
Guided bus tour of local important buildings and historical sites. Illustrated leaflet will be provided. Opportunities for  photographs. This tour is no. 2 of a series following on from a very successful event last year which was guided by local historian Seamus Cullen.

Venue:   Rathcoffey GAA, Rathcoffey, Donadea.
Cost:   Bus ticket  €5  for Adults and  €3 for children (4-14 yrs.)
Organiser:  Rathcoffey Historical Group
Name:   Mairead Byrne
Telephone:  087 2239410
Date:  Sat 20th
Time:   12:30 - 15:00

The Five Baronies Research Project
Lecture and presentation on the Five Baronies Research Project.

Venue:   Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, Emily Sq., Athy.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Athy Heritage Centre-Museum
Name:   Margaret Walsh
Telephone:  059 8633075
Date:   Thu 25th
Time:   19:30 - 20:30

Celbridge Historical Walking Tour
Join Tony Doohan for a guided tour of historical buildings and places in Celbridge. Please note that booking is essential: Book
online @ www.celbridgecommunitycouncil.ie or by calling 087 0911 571. Please check our website for updates or changes.

Venue:   Meeting Point for start of Tour is Castletown Gates, Main Street, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Celbridge Community Council
Name:   Yolande Barrett
Telephone:  087 0911571
Date:   Sun 28th  
Time:   14:00 - 15:00

The Fitzgerald Walk
Inviting everyone to Maynooth for a short walk to Carton House in order to commemorate the famous Fitzgerald local and national heritage.

Venue:   Assemble at St Mary's (C.o.I), Parson Street, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Maynooth Local History Group
Name:   Declan O’Connor
Telephone:  01 6286043
Date:   Sat 27th
Time:   14:30 - 15:45

Historical Talk
Join special guest Eoghan Corry for another one of his fascinating historical talks. Please note that booking is essential: Book online @ www.celbridgecommunitycouncil.ie or by calling 087 0911571. Please check our website for updates or changes.

Venue:   Celbridge Library, St. Patrick's Park, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Celbridge Community Council
Name:   Yolande Barrett
Telephone:  087 0911571
Date:   Thu 25th
Time:   19:30 - 21:30

Aspects of Castletown
A free, short lecture within the environs of Castletown House. Please refer to www.castletown.ie for more details. Vehicle
Access; Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West. Dublin Bus: 67 to Celbridge Main Street. West Wing Restaurant open in conjunction with house opening times please telephone 01 6279498 or e-mail castletown@thecaterers.ie for bookings

Venue:   Castletown House, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Claire Hickey
Telephone:  01 6288252
Date:   Sat 27th
Time:  14:00 - 15:00

Tour of St. John’s Cemetery
Tour of St. John's Graveyard

Venue:   St. John's Cemetery, Athy.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Athy Heritage Centre-Museum
Name:   Margaret Walsh
Telephone:  059 8633075
Dates & Times: Sun 21st 14:00 - 16:00
  Thu 25th 14:00 - 16:00
  Sun 28th 14:00 - 16:00

New Abbey & its Ever Changing History
History of New Abbey House which dates back to the early 1500’s will be given by Collette Jordan, History Researcher. Some interesting newly discovered letters which throw some light on life in Kilcullen during the 1960's.

Venue:   Kilcullen Town Hall & Heritage Centre, Main Street, Kilcullen.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Kilcullen Heritage Group
Name:   Nessa Dunlea
Telephone:  087 2339610
Date:   Wed 24th
Time:   20:00 - 21:00

The Matt Goff Story
The story of Matt Goff will be told by his godson, Tom Malone, President of Leixlip GAA with Pat Burke Vice President. 

Venue:   Leixlip Library, Captains Hill, Leixlip
Cost:  Free
Organiser:  Leixlip Library
Name:   Joan O’Gorman
Telephone:  01 6060050
Date:   23rd August
Time:   19:30 -20:30

Forgotten Voices: The Great Irish Famine revealed through the Strokestown Estate Archive
Exhibition on the rich and varied Famine archive of Strokestown Estate in Co. Roscommon and its importance to historical research. 

Venue:   Castletown House, Celbridge
Cost:  Free
Organiser:  OPW-NUI Maynooth Archive & Research Centre at Castletown
Name:   Roisin Berry
Telephone:  01 7086690 / 01 6544222
Dates & Times:  20th August 10:00 – 17:00  
  21st August 10:00 – 17:00  
  23rd August 10:00 – 17:00  
  24th August 10:00 – 17:00  
  25th August 10:00 – 17:00  
  26th August 10:00 – 17:00  
  27th August 10:00 – 17:00  
  28th August 10:00 – 17:00  
 
The Church of the Oak - Slideshow of photographs of Kildare Town
Photographs of people and events of Kildare Town.

Venue:   Kildare Town Library, Claregate Street, Kildare Town
Cost:  Free 
Organiser:  Kildare Town Library
Telephone:  045 520235
Dates & Times:  22nd August 9:30 – 17:00
  23rd August 9:30 – 17:00
  24th August 9:30 – 17:00
  25th August 14:00 – 20:00
  26th August 9:30 – 17:00

Shackleton Lecture
A talk on the explorer Ernest Shackleton by Kevin Kenny

Venue:   Kildare Town Library, Claregate Street, Kildare Town
Cost:  Free 
Organiser:  Kildare Town Library
Name:   Nuala Hartnett
Telephone:  045 520235
Date:  25th August
Time:   19:00 – 20:00

Historic Town Walk
Historic Town Walk from Market Square to Carmelite/ White Abbey Graveyard

Venue:   Walk begins from outside the front doors of the Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Cost:  Free 
Organiser:  Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Telephone:  045 530672
Date:  28th August
Time:   13:00 – 14:00

A Rare & Second Hand Book Fair
This book fair shall also give people the opportunity to have their books valued.

Venue:   Upstairs in the Heritage Centre
Cost:  Free 
Organiser:  Kildare Town Heritage Centre
Telephone:  045 530672
Date:  28th August
Time:   12:30 – 16:30

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES & COLLECTIONS
Free Children’s Tours of Castletown House
Special Children's Tours of Castletown House with some period costumes available. Booking is essential as places are limited. Vehicle Access: Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West. Dublin Bus: 67 to Celbridge (Main Street).

Venue:   Castletown House, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  OPW
Name:   Claire Hickey
Telephone: 01 6288252
Dates & Times: Sat 20th 12:00 - 13:00
  Sun 21st 12:00 - 13:00
  Tue 23rd 12:00 - 13:00
  Wed 24th 12:00 - 13:00
  Thu 25th 12:00 - 13:00
  Fri 26th 12:00 - 13:00
  Sat 27th 12:00 - 13:00
  Sun 28th 12:00 - 13:00

Evening Tours of Castletown House
Enjoy an evening tour of the beautiful interior rooms of Castletown House. Guided tours available 17.30, 18.15, and 19.00. Vehicle Access: Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West. Dublin Bus; 67 to Celbridge Main Street.

Venue:   Castletown House, Celbridge.
Cost:   Adults  €4.50, Concessions  €3.50, Family (2 Adult and 4 Children) €12.50. OPW Heritage Card, Irish    Georgian Society Card and Dublin Pass Card FREE entry.
Organiser:  OPW
Name:   Claire Hickey
Telephone:  01 6288252
Date:   Thu 25th
Time:   17:30 - 19:15

Free Tours of Castletown House
FREE guided tours of Irelands finest 18th century Palladian Style mansion. Visitors Reception opens at 10am with the last tour at 16.45. Tours limited to 25 per tour. No advanced reservations or group bookings available. Vehicle Access: Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West. Dublin Bus: 67 to Celbridge Main Street. West Wing Restaurant open in conjunction with House Opening Times: Telephone 01- 627-9498 or e-mail castletown@thecaterers.ie for reservations.

Venue:   Castletown House, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Claire Hickey
Telephone:  01 6288252
Date:   Sat 20th
Time:   10:00 - 16:45

National Science Museum at Maynooth
Largest collection of scientific instruments on public display in Ireland and mostly manufactured in Ireland from 1880. Callan
collection on view. Ecclesiastical collection of vestments, plate, penal crosses etc. displayed. Empress of Austria vestments on view.

Venue:   St. Patrick's College, Maynooth.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Dr Niall Mc Keith
Telephone:  01 6286550
Dates & Times:  Sun 21st August 14:00 - 18:00
  Tue 23rd August 14:00 - 16:00
  Thu 25th August 14:00 - 16:00
  Sun 28th August 14:00 - 18:00

TRADITIONAL SKILLS 
Country Market
Weaving a traditional Irish Basket Demonstration, Traditional Home Baking Demonstration, alongside our usual market. Our weekly Market includes Home Baking, Jams, and Chutneys, knitting, jewellery, cards, soaps, bath bombs, felt, baskets, willow craft, seasonal vegetables, eggs and cafe.

Venue:   Friary Hall, Kildare Town.
Cost:  Free
Organiser:  Country Markets Ltd, Kildare Branch
Name:   Orla Delaney
Telephone:  087 7815236
Date:   Thu 25th August
Time:   10:00 - 12:00

Heritage Food and Craft Day
Fun day at the market with traditional Irish food for sampling and sale. Also crafts representing many different skills. Morning
coffee and tea with traditional Irish fare to view and sample. Ceol and craic and demos too.

Venue:   Naas Town Hall, Main St., Naas.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Naas Country Market
Name:  Hazel Gray
Telephone:  085 9435357 / 045860638
Date:   Fri 26th August
Time:  09:45 - 12:15

WILDLIFE
Bog of Allen Nature Centre Open Day
Explore IPCC's gardens and museum. Learn about IPCC's new lodge bog management plan and experience a bog woodland walk.

Venue:   Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Ratmangan.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Irish Peatland Conservation Council
Name:   Dr Catherine O'Connell and Nuala Madigan
Telephone:  045 860133
Date:   Sun 28th August
Time:   14:00 - 17:00

Pollardstown Fen Nature Walk
General nature walk within this unique nature reserve. The walk will take place on boardwalk and trackway. Booking required. Approx. 1km length.

Venue:   Pollardstown Fen Nature Reserve, Pollardstown.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  National Parks and Wildlife Service
Name:   Roy Thompson
Telephone:  045 534070
Date:   Wed 24th August
Time:   14:00 - 16:00

Straffan Butterfly Farm
Walk through a tropical greenhouse with magnificent butterflies flying all around you. Behind glass watch giant spiders and insects and scorpions. Learn all about butterflies in our educational section and see some extinct Irish species on display. There are also some giants of the butterfly world to be seen. Well worth a visit.

Venue:   Straffan Butterfly Farm, Ovidstown, Straffan.
Cost:   Adults  €8 Children - Free
Organiser:  Iris Fox
Telephone:  01 6271109
Dates & Times:  Sat 20th August 10:00 - 17:30
  Sun 21st August 10:00 - 17:30
  Mon 22nd August 10:00 - 17:30
  Tues 23rd August 10:00 - 17:30
  Wed 24th August 10:00 - 17:30
  Thur 25th August 10:00 - 17:30
  Fri 26th August 10:00 - 17:30
  Sat 27th August 10:00 - 17:30
  Sun 28th August 10:00 - 17:30

IWT Wild Watch Walk: Donadea Forest Adventure
David Corscadden will lead this family fun event exploring woodland and lake habitats. The IWT would like to thank the Heritage Council for supporting this event under the Heritage Education, Community & Outreach Scheme 2011.

Venue:   Car park, Donadea Forest., Donadea, Co. Kildare.
Cost:   A  €4 charge applies per car entering the forest.
Organiser:  Irish Wildlife Trust
Name:   Joanne Pender
Telephone:  01 8602839
Date:  Sat 20th August
Time:   13:00 - 14:30

IWT Wild Watch Walk: Straffan Butterfly Farm Tour
David Corscadden will lead us around the wonderful display of butterflies the farm has to offer and teach how to identify. The IWT would like to thank the Heritage Council for supporting this event under the Heritage Education, Community & Outreach Scheme 2011.

Venue:   Straffan Buttterfly Farm, Maynooth.
Cost:  €5 for adults and €4.25 for children
Organiser: Irish Wildlife Trust
Name:  Joanne Pender
Telephone:  01 8602839
Date:   Sat 27th August
Time:   13:00 - 15:00

Kids Bird Watching Bonanza
This event aims to introduce children to birdwatching by teaching basic skills and practising them in a fun, interactive way. Event includes a short introduction talk, mini bird identification race and quiz. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Venue:   Donadea Forest Park, Donadea.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  BirdWatch Ireland Kildare Branch
Name:   Deirdre Moran
Telephone:  087 9935207
Date:   Sat 20th August
Time:   10:00 - 12:00

EVENTS FOR UNDER 12’S
Tours for Younger Visitors
Children's themed tour on medieval life. Contact Maynooth Castle for further details on this year's fun theme!

Venue:   Maynooth Castle, Maynooth.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Maynooth Castle
Name:   Guide Staff
Telephone: 01 6286744
Dates & Times: Sat 20th August 11:00 - 13:30
  Sun 21st August 11:00 - 13:30
  Sat 27th August 11:00 - 13:30
  Sun 28th August 11:00 - 13:30

Children’s Heritage Hunt
Fun activity inside the Heritage Centre and Museum.

Venue:   Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, Emily Sq. Athy.
Cost:   €1
Organiser:  Athy Heritage Centre-Museum
Name:   Margaret Walsh
Telephone:  059 8633075
Dates & Times: Sat 20th August 12:30 - 14:30
  Sun 21st August 12:30 - 14:30
  Mon 22nd August 14:30 - 16:00
  Tue 23rd August 14:30 - 16:00
  Wed 24th August 14:30 - 16:00
  Thu 25th August 14:30 - 16:00
  Fri 26th August 14:30 - 16:00
  Sat 27th August 12:30 - 14:30
  Sun 28th August 12:30 - 14:30

Sow & Grow
Children's workshop - Sow some seeds with us and then take them home and watch them grow. Please note that booking is essential: Book online @ www.celbridgecommunitycouncil.ie or by calling 087 0911 571. Please check our website for updates or changes.

Venue:   The Orchard Garden Centre, Dublin Road, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  Celbridge Community Council
Name:   Yolande Barrett
Telephone:  087 0911571
Date:   Sat 27th August
Time:   11:00 - 12:00

Kids Cinema
Come and enjoy the magical animated film "The Secret of Kells", which will be screened in Celbridge Youth Cafe, but book early as numbers limited. Please note that booking is essential: Book online @ www.celbridgecommunitycouncil.ie or by
calling 087 0911 571. First screening starts @ 13.45. Second screening starts @ 15.30. Running time is 75mins. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult and strictly no food or drink permitted. Please check our website for updates or changes.

Venue:   Celbridge Youth Cafe, The Mill Community Centre, Main Street, Celbridge.
Cost:  Free
Organiser:  Celbridge Community Council
Name:   Yolande Barrett
Telephone:  087 0911 571
Date:   Wed 24th August
Time:   13:30 - 17:00

Children’s Art Workshops in Castletown House
Take part in our weekly Sunday morning art workshops at Castletown House. Suitable for children between 5 and 12 years of age. Booking is essential as places are limited. Adult supervision is required. Vehicle Access: Exit 6, M4, Celbridge West. Dublin Bus: 67 to Celbridge Main Street

Venue:   Castletown House, Celbridge.
Cost:   Free
Organiser:  OPW
Name:   Claire Hickey
Telephone: 01 6288252
Dates & Times: Sun 21st & Sun 28th August 11:00 - 12:00

Traditional Tales
Traditional tales read by Carmel and suitable for very young children

Venue:   Kildare Town Library, Claregate Street, Kildare Town
Cost:  Free 
Organiser:  Kildare Town Library
Telephone:  045 520235
Date:  26th August
Time:   11:00 – 11.30

Heritage Week 2011 in Co. Kildare promises to be an exciting and eventful one.  Check out the timetable for your local area


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