National Heritage Week

Aug 19, 2003
National Heritage Week

Heritage Week 2018 kicks off on Saturday 18 August and runs until Sunday 26 August and there’s lots for everyone to enjoy. Here’s just a taster of some of the free events happening around Ireland over the first weekend.

Tours of Iveagh House

Saturday 18 August, 11am - 4pm, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Iveagh House, 80 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will open beautiful Iveagh House to the public for guided tours when you can learn about the fascinating history of the building.

Family History Workshop

Saturday 18 August, 3pm - 6pm, Western Family History Association, Lackagh Parish Centre, Turloughmore, Co. Galway

Learn how to research your family tree and discover your family history.

Wildlife Walk at Lullybeg

Saturday 18 August, 11:30am - 1:30pm, Wild Kildare, Lullybeg wetlands and cutaway bog, Co. Kildare

Wild Kildare will host a nature walk looking at the wildlife of Lullybeg including bird's, butterflies and plants. Meet at the entrance to the IPCC centre Lullymore for directions to Lullybeg.

Traveller History and Culture

Saturday 18 August, 2pm - 3pm, Cork City Libraries, The City Library, Co. Cork

Stories of traveller heritage, culture and traditions presented by the Cork Traveller Women's Network and the Traveller Visibility Group.

Wexford Walled Town Medieval Day

Saturday 18 August, 1pm - 5pm, Wexford County Council, Borough District of Wexford, On the Green Area, behind the Westgate Tower/Heritage Centre, Co. Wexford

Wexford Walled Town Medieval Day a free fun day for all the family to mark the start of Heritage Week. On the Green Area behind the Westgate Tower/Heritage Centre.

Tintern Craft Workshop

Saturday 18 August, 11am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm, Tintern Abbey OPW, Tintern Abbey Visitor Centre, Saltmills, New Ross, Co. Wexford

Come and enjoy a craft experience at Tintern. Learn how to crochet and hear about crafts enjoyed by the residents of Tintern in times gone by.

Natural Heritage Walk in Tallaght

Saturday 18 August, 10:30am - 12pm, Tallaght Community Council, Sensory Garden, Sean Walsh Memorial Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Spend 90 minutes in the company of Christopher Moriarity and Michael Finn learning about the amazing diversity of fauna and flora in Tallaght’s Central Park. Starts in the park’s Sensory Garden.

Industrious Bailieborough

Saturday 18 August, 12pm - 9pm, Sunday 19 August, 11am - 5pm, Bailieborough Heritage Society, Murtagh's Yard, Main Street, Bailieborough, Co. Cavan

Industrious Bailieborough: An exhibition of machinery and artefacts which help us to explore the lives of our ancestors and of our industrial past.

Carving a Future from the Past

Saturday 18 August, 9:30am - 9:30pm, Sunday 19 August, 10:30am - 10:30pm, Colgan Community & Resource Centre, Co. Donegal

Enjoy a guided walk, genealogy workshop, history of the alcohol factory, traditional music workshop an exhibition of schools' projects and more.

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018

Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 August, 9am - 10pm, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018, the largest celebration of Irish music, song and dance in the world, will be held from 12th – 19th of August in Drogheda, Co. Louth.

Other Events include:

Iron Age to Modern Day Village
18 August, 2pm - 5pm
21 August, 2pm - 4pm
22 August, 2pm - 4pm
23 August, 2pm - 4pm
24 August, 2pm - 4pm

  • Castleblakeney Church Restoration Association
  • Castleblakeney Heritage Centre, Ballinsloe
  • Co. Galway – County
From Prominent Iron Age settlement to modern day village, the history of the North East village of CastleBlakeney.

Ballymore and the Spanish Flu
25 August, 3pm - 7pm
  • Ballymore Eustace History Society
  • Ballymore Eustace Resource Centre
  • Co. Kildare
The great flu epidemic of 1918-1919 killed more people worldwide than any other major catastrophe. We examine the effects it had on the local community in Ballymore and the surrounding areas.

Plant Folklore of Glendalough
26 August, 11am - 1pm
  • Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Informatiomn Office, Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Co. Wicklow
Learn about wild plants their stories and traditional uses. Led by Eleanor Sutherland, NPWS Education Guide and Herbalist. Pre-booking is essential. Please ring 0404 45425 after August 12th

End of Days: 1918
20 August, 8:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Kill History Group
  • Kill Parish Meeting Room
  • Co. Kildare
"End of Days: 1918". A talk by Kildare Historian James Durney about the end of the First World War which took place 100 years ago. The talk will be free and open to the general public.

Many more events. Details at: