Those with a love of heritage will know that Heritage Week lights up the August schedule each year with hundreds of events around the country. Roscommon is to the fore in this regard and, notwithstanding the current restrictions, several events are listed for the county over the coming week or so.
Roscommon County Council are to the fore in presenting events. Dr. Kieran O’Conor from NUIG provides an online video ‘virtual’ guided tour of Roscommon Abbey, Nollaig Feeney provides a video on Alderford Harps from the Somerset Folk Harp Festival 2020, and Brian Farragher presents a powerpoint on ‘Regenerating Roscommon Town Spire Quarter’.
Elsewhere, the book A Dictionary of Roscommon Biography by Michael Lennon, providing obituaries of five thousand people associated with the county over four centuries, will have a press launch, and Rathcroghan Visitor Centre will present three short videos providing a taste of the archaeology, history and mythology of the area.
Finally, historian Steve Dolan provides an online lecture and launches a booklet on eighteenth century Roscommon newspaper items. As with Steve’s booklet on the Workhouses of County Roscommon from last year’s Heritage Week programme, all proceeds will go the Cootehall Development Group and their restoration work on their former barracks.
This publication is one ten written by Steve for Heritage Week this year with the proceeds from all ten going to charities and community organisations in the west. For updates and specifics on this year’s Heritage Week events, visit www.heritageweek.ie.