Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Heritage Week Continues around the county

Cruachan Ai Heritage Centre in Tulsk brings you two open days at Cruachan Aí on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th, with a line-up of talks and tours from 10 am to 4 pm. Please see their events section on http://www.Facebook.com/Rathcroghan for full details. (Donations appreciated/price per individual events).

A guided tour of the major monuments on farms in Rathcroghan will be jointly presented by Cruachan Ai, Hugh Carey Archaeologist and Teagasc, on Friday 27th August at 2 pm. Assemble at Cruachan Ai Heritage Centre, Tulsk. (free). 

On Friday night the 27th at 8 pm, why not go along to a guided tour of the award-winning Derryglad Folk Museum? There are over 5000 history, heritage and folk culture items on display (free). 

Over the weekend there are many more events to pick from. There’s an open day at Donamon Church of Ireland on Saturday 28th from 10.30 am to 4 pm. The church will be open to the public for the day. Come along and have a look inside a local treasure trove of architectural and historical interest. (free). 

The free admission day at King House is on Saturday 28th from 11 am to 4 pm. Take a tour of King House and encounter historical figures, voices from the past and hands-on family activities that bring its residents alive! King House was home to the 1st Earl of Kingston and then a barracks for the Connaught Rangers Regiment and the Irish Free State Army (free).

Guided family nature walks with fun activities for children take place in St. John’s Wood, Lecarrow at 11 am and 2 pm on Saturday 28th. Booking is essential as places are limited, please contact Dawn Chapman, Education Officer with NPWS phone 071 9666718 or email dawn.chapman@environ.ie (free). 

On Saturday evening 28th why not go along to Roscommon Castle at 8.30? Ecologist David Fallon will give an informal talk on bats, and have his bat detector for people to use. Organised by Roscommon Tidy Towns, please wear sturdy shoes and suitable clothing. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and bring a torch for safety (free). 

Boyle Summer Show Dance with Mike Denver takes place in St. Joseph’s Hall, Boyle from 9.30. (Admission €15). 

Heritage Week draws to a close the final day is packed with events! A quality Antiques Fair will be held in the spacious Long Gallery of the magnificently restored 18th century King House in Boyle, from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday 29th. (Free in to Antiques Fair. Not suitable for children). 

Boyle Annual Summer Show and Fun Day is also on Sunday 29th August, from 1 pm to 6 pm at Boyle Sports Complex and Grounds, Cootehall Street (off Marian Road and The Crescent) Boyle. Family fun on the day includes crafts and hobbies, parade, dog show, cat show, photography, vintage cars, Irish dancing exhibition, model trains and much more! Entries will be taken on Show Week at show office, dog and cat show entries accepted on the Show Day (Admission €2). 

Ballyfarnon Community Group celebrate 2010 International Year of Biodiversity with a guided walk through Kilronan Wood/Lough Meelagh on Sunday 29th. Looking at local flora and fauna and our role in biodiversity, this walk guided walk will be leisurely and informative and will concentrate on our role in Biodiversity.  Walk suitable for children and wheelchair users for one mile. Meet at the Crescent, Ballyfarnon at 1 pm (free). 

Boyle Abbey celebrates Heritage Week on Sunday 29th with Traditional Irish music in the Cloister at 2 pm, with Boyle Traditional Music Group. (free). Boyle Abbey also hosts a talk by archaeologist Sam Moore on prehistoric monument clusters in the Boyle Area – Kilronan, Plains of Boyle and Moytura on Sunday 29th at 4 pm (free). 

Castlecoote House presents its Harvest Festival on Sunday 29th August from 2 pm. Events include guided tours of the house (Tour €5). 

Curious about Castlerea? Join local historian Anthony Tuohy, in conjunction with County Roscommon Archaeological and Historical Society, for a Conducted Tour of Castlerea. Visit many historic sites in Castlerea, including the birthplaces of Douglas Hyde and Sir William Wilde and other historic buildings in the town. Meet at the Market Square, Castlerea at 3 pm on Sunday 29th (free). 

All through Heritage Week an exhibition ‘Strangers to Citizens: the Irish in Europe, 1600 – 1800’ is taking place in the Famine Museum in Strokestown Park House. Open daily from 11 am to 6 pm, this exhibition traces the soldiers, students, priests, professionals and merchants who were among the thousands who emigrated to Europe, and over time formed communities and integrated into their host communities (Admission €8).