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August 16, 2007

Heritage Week Begins 25th August

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 2007 takes place from 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.

Heritage Officer Bridget LoughlinThroughout 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 organised by Local Groups and reflect a growing interest in local history and heritage", explains 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 throughout 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 Centres, 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 also available in all local libraries.

To view a listing of Heritage Week events in other counties go to or call 1850 200878