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22nd August 2016

Heritage Week gets underway in Clare!

A lecture on an Irish Rebel Autograph Book from Frongoch Internment Camp, guided tours of Tomeen Cave, a bat walk at Dromore Wood Nature Reserve and an antique rock show at Doolin Cave are among the record 94 events taking place around County Clare as part of Heritage Week 2016 which gets this Saturday 20th August and continues until Sunday 28th August.

The 14th annual celebration of County Clare’s built, natural and cultural heritage is being coordinated locally by Clare County Council and The Heritage Council, with support from Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht. Heritage Week also is part of European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union.

Events will take place at dozens of locations around the County and include lectures, field trips, film screenings, workshops, tours and exhibitions aimed at encouraging people to take an interest in their local heritage.

Among the events and activities is a talk on Scattery Island about Nicholas Cahane’s role in the arrival of the ill-fated Spanish Armada in 1588, a Heritage Garden Day at Irish Seed Savers in Scariff, a presentation on the decline in and future challenges faced by West Clare’s populations of freshwater pearl mussels, genealogy workshops for beginners, whale watching from Loop Head Lighthouse, and guided tours of Killaloe Cathedral, Mooghaun Hill Fort and the OPW Ennis Friary.

“Heritage Week serves as a reminder to the people of Clare of the wonderful heritage and history that surrounds them while it also introduces younger people to the wealth of local events, attractions and activities that both educate and entertain,” commented Cllr. Bill Chambers, Cathaoirleach of Clare County Council.

“I would encourage everyone in Clare, both young and old, to visit www.heritageweek.ie to learn about the range of events taking place both in their own local community and elsewhere throughout the County”, said Congella McGuire, Clare Heritage Officer.

Programme of events by area, Heritage Week 2016

West Clare

All Week:

  • Loop Head Heritage Trail Free Audio Guide – Discover the stories of the Loop Head Peninsula and the Wild Atlantic Way with a
    Free Audio Guide (www.abartaheritage.ie/product/loophead)
  • Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, Kilrush – Guided tour of the dolphin research education centre (www.shannondolphins.ie)
  • OPW Scattery Island Visitor Centre – Free Daily Tours of Scattery Island (www.heritageireland.ie)
  • Vandeleur Walled Garden, Kilrush – Butterfly Hunt (info@vandeleurwalledgarden.ie / T: 065-905 1760)

Saturday 20th August

Free Daily Tours of Scattery Island, Kilrush, (www.heritageireland.ie / 087 9958427)
Scattery Island’s O’Cahane’s Castle – talk by Dr. John Treacy of the San Marcos Project Spanish Point 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (scatteryisland@opw.ie / 087 9958427)

Sunday 21st August

Researching Bottle Nosed Dolphins in the Shannon Estuary – Vandeleur Walled Garden, Kilrush, 3:00 p.m. – 4.30p.m. (www.vandeleurwalledgarden.com / 065 9051760)
Free Daily Tours of Scattery Island, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (scatteryisland@opw.ie / 087 9958427)

Monday 22nd August

Four Funerals and a Wedding – The Story of Kilkee’s graveyards at Sweeney Theatre, 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. (cmcguire@clarecoco.ie / 065 6846408)
Free Daily Tours of Scattery Island, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (scatteryisland@opw.ie / 087 9958427)

Tuesday 23rd August

Kilrush and District Historical Society outing to St. Senan’s Birthplace, Molougha, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (www.kdhs.ie)
Presentation on the Freshwater Pearl Mussel in Co. Clare, Kilrush Public Library, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (cmcguire@clarecoco.ie / 065 6846408)
Free Daily Tours of Scattery Island, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (scatteryisland@opw.ie / 087 9958427)

Wednesday 24th August

Ten Lamb Chops for a Pound – talk by Maureen Sparling about life in her native Limerick City when she was a young girl, Kilkee Bay Hotel, 8:00 p.m. – 9.15 p.m. (www.kilkeecivictrust.org / 065 9083814)
The development journey of the Vandeleur Walled Garden from 1997 to 2016, Vandeleur Walled Garden, Kilrush, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (www.vandeleurwalledgarden.com / 065 9051760)

Friday 26th August

“Garrett Barry to Willie Clancy” – Lecture by Howard Marshall at Áras OaC, Miltown Malbay, 8:00 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. (www.oac.ie / eolas@oac.ie)

Saturday 27th August

Whale Watch Day, Loop Head Lighthouse, 2 -5 p.m. (www.iwdg.ie / 086 8545450)

Sunday 28th August

Scattery Island’s Holy Well walk and a talk with Author and Historian Michael Houlihan, 12 noon – 5:00 p.m. (www.heritageireland.ie / 087 9958427)
Open Day at Loop Head Lightkeeper’s House, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (caroline@irishlandmark.com / 01 6704733)

North Clare

All Week:

An Exhibition of Doolin Heritage at Doolin Cave Cafe – Display of several photobooks pertaining to the history and heritage of the village of Doolin (doolincave@gmail.com / 065 7075761)

Saturday 20th August

Natural Heritage at the Cliffs of Moher, Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (www.cliffsofmoher.ie / 065 7086141)

Sunday 21th August

Mini Beast Hunt, Dromore Wood Nature Reserve, 12.30 – 2:00 p.m. (coolepark@ahg.gov.ie / 085 8085199)

Monday 22nd August

Geopark Walk and Talk at Fanore Beach, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (edoyle@clarecoco.ie / www.burrengeopark.ie)

Tuesday 23rd August

Walk & Talk Dysert O’Dea Monuments – Dysert O’Dea Castle, 7.30 – 9 p.m. (cmcguire@clarecoco.ie / 065 6846408)
Antique Rock Show at Doolin Cave, 2 -4 p.m. (www.burrengeopark.ie / edoyle@clarecoco.ie)

Wednesday 24th August

Geopark Walk and Talk at Flaggy Shore, 2 – 4 p.m. (edoyle@clarecoco.ie / www.burrengeopark.ie)
Burren Adventure (for wheelchair users) leaving from St. Patrick’s Hall, Corofin (www.burrenbeo.com / 091 638096)

Thursday 25th August

Bat walk at Dromore Wood Nature Reserve, 8.30-10.30 p.m. (coolepark@ahg.gov.ie / 085 8085199)

Friday 26th August

Flora, Fauna & Folklore guided walk of Kilshanny area (kilshannyhouse@gmail.com / 065 7071660)
Geopark Walk and Talk – with geologist Dr. Eamon Doyle, Burren National Park, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (www.burrengeopark.ie / edoyle@clarecoco.ie)
Mulkere, Music & Musings at Kilshanny House, 8:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. (www.kilshannyhouse.ie / 065 7071660)

Saturday 27th August

Storytelling by Eddie Lenihan at The Celtic T-Shirt Shop, Lahinch 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  (www.celtictshirts.ie / 065 7081564)

Sunday 28th August

Open Day at Inchiquin House, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (www.irishlandmark.com / 01 6704733)

Shannon & Environs

Tuesday 23rd August

“Older than Ireland” Movie Showing at Health & Wellness Centre, Carrigoran, 11.30 am – 1.00 p.m. (www.carrigoranhouse.ie)

Wednesday 24th August

10th Annual Clare Bat Talk & Walk, The Inn at Dromoland, 7.30 – 9 p.m. (http://www.antaisce.org/local/clare / 086 3497946)
“Older than Ireland” Movie Showing at Health & Wellness Centre, Carrigoran, 11.30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (www.carrigoranhouse.ie)

Thursday 25th August

“Older than Ireland” Movie Showing at Health & Wellness Centre, Carrigoran, 11.30 am – 1:00 p.m. (www.carrigoranhouse.ie)

Saturday 27th August

Mooghaun Hill Fort Walk & Guided Tour, Newmarket on Fergus, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (http://www.irelandxo.com/ireland/clare/tulla)

Sunday 28th August

Heritage Day 2016 at Mooghaun Hillfort, Newmarket on Fergus, 12.30 – 5:00 p.m. (www.obair.org / 061 368030)

East Clare

Sunday 21st August

Killaloe Cathedral and Boat Trip on Lough Derg, 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. (jamaica@iol.ie / www.clareheritage.org)
Between the Waters, Family Fun Treasure Hunt on foot around Killaloe and Ballina, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (www.feilebrianboru.com / 086 3586293)

Thursday 25th August

A Century in Clare 1916-2016 – a presentation by Jackie Elger at Scarriff Public Library, 7.30 – 9:00 p.m. (www.clarelibrary.ie / 061 922893)

Friday 26th August

Tulla Courthouse – Tulla Weekend of the Welcomes (www.irelandxo.com/group/tulla-clare)

Saturday 27th August

Tomeen Cave, Tulla – Guided tour by landowner to the renowned Tomeen Caves, 2 – 4 p.m. (harrisonlaura@eircom.net / T: 086-866 2615)
Tulla Courthouse – Tulla Weekend of the Welcomes (www.irelandxo.com/group/tulla-clare)
Genealogy Workshops for Beginners at Tulla Courthouse, 10 – 11.30 a.m. (http://www.irelandxo.com/ireland/clare/tulla)

Sunday 28th August

Tomeen Cave, Tulla – Guided tour by landowner to the renowned Tomeen Caves, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (harrisonlaura@eircom.net / T: 086-866 2615)
12 O’Clock Hills Heritage Walk, commencing from Kilkishen Cultural Centre, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (www.kilkishen.com / 087 9691415
Heritage Garden Day at Irish Seed Savers, 12 noon – 4:00 p.m. (www.irishseedsavers.ie / 061 921866)
Tulla Courthouse – Tulla Weekend of the Welcomes (www.irelandxo.com/group/tulla-clare)

Ennis & Environs

Sunday 21st August

Guided tour and open day of the 13th century Franciscan Friary in Ennis, 10.30 – 11.15 a.m. (tour) and open day (10:00 a.m. – 5.15 p.m.) (ennisfriary@opw.ie / 065 6829100)
Family Fun Treasure Hunt at OPW Ennis Friary, Ennis, 12 -4 p.m. (www.heritageireland.ie / 065 6829100)
Visit Ennis Friary, 10 a.m. – 5.15 p.m. (ennisfriary@opw.ie / 065 6829100)

Tuesday 23rd August

The Banner Rising – audiovisual celebration of people from Clare involved in the 1916 Rising, De Valera Public Library, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (www.clarelibrary.ie / 065 6846353)

Wednesday 24th August

‘The Scroll of Ireland’s Fame’ – An Irish Rebel Autograph Book from Frongoch Internment Camp 1916 – a lecture by Oral Historian Dr. Tomás Mac Conmara at Clare Museum, 8 – 9 p.m. (claremuseum@clarecoco.ie / 065 6823382)

Thursday 25th August

Clarecastle Village Walk, 7:00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. (cartock@gmail.com / www.clarecastlecommunity.ie)
1916: Two Clare Lives, feat. Q&A session with the documentary makers at County Museum, 8:00 – 9 p.m. (mccarthyrita99@gmail.com / 087 9731162)
Biodiversity walking tour of the 135 acres of woodland at Active Ennis Sports and Amenity Park, Lees Road, led by Ecologist and Botanist, Dr. Janice Fuller, 6.30 p.m.

Friday 26th August

Archaeological and Historical tour of Newpark House, Ennis, 3:00 – 5 p.m. (065 6821233)
TVAS Being an Archaeologist, Clare Museum, 10:00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. & 2:00 – 4.30 p.m. (claremuseum@clarecoco.ie / 065 6823382)

Saturday 27th August

Explore Ennis Friary through the burial tombs erected over six centuries, OPW Ennis Friary, 3:00p.m. – 4.30 p.m. (ennisfriary@opw.ie / T: 065 6829100)
Guided tour and open day of the 13th century Franciscan Friary in Ennis, 10.30 p.m. – 11.15 a.m. (tour) and open day (10.00 a.m. – 5.15 p.m.) (ennisfriary@opw.ie / 065 6829100)
Art event for adults and teens at OPW Ennis Friary, 11:00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. (ennisfriary@ops.ie)

Sunday 28th August

Guided tour of the 13th century Franciscan Friary in Ennis, 10.30 – 11.15 a.m. (ennisfriary@opw.ie / 065 6829100)
Church Music with the Schola Petra Fertile Choir at OPW Ennis Friary, 1-1.30 p.m. (ennisfriary@opw.ie / 065 6829100)

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