Open the door to Heritage for National Heritage Week 2021

National Heritage Week, one of Ireland’s largest cultural events, continues until Sunday 22nd of August. Keep an eye on or follow #HeritageWeek2021 on social media for details of more events and projects.

The following are a series of events taking place throughout the county and online:

Roscommon County Library have events for the week: The Schools’ Collection – a taste of the National Folklore Collection focusing on Roscommon schools – this digital exhibition will be on display in Roscommon Library every day during opening hours for National Heritage Week. Digitisation of County Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Journal – Roscommon County Library Service has worked with the CRHAS to make the 14 volumes of the Journal available online. This new digital resource will be launched during National Heritage Week 2021. You can view it online through Roscommon County Council’s website.

  Ballydangan Bog Red Grouse Project are hosting a guided walk on Saturday, August 21st at 3 pm to explain how they put in place best-practice community-led conservation actions aimed at maintaining and increasing the red grouse and breeding curlew numbers on Ballydangan Bog, Roscommon. Meet at Moore Hall, Ballydangan, Athlone, Co. Roscommon at 3 pm. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on 086-2501475.

Farming Rathcroghan EIP are hosting two guided farm walks of the Mucklaghs in the Rathcroghan Archaeological Complex which will offer an introduction to the EIP-Agri Project, allow you to see first-hand the archaeology of Rathcroghan. Hear about its mythological story as well as gain an understanding of the challenges of modern farming practice within a such a sensitive landscape. This project is supported by the Heritage Council. Walks take place on Saturday, August 21st at 11 am and 2.30 pm. Places are limited and must be booked in advance on 086-1704113.

Celtic Eye Art Group are a newly-established group consisting of artists, poet and a herbalist based in South Roscommon to highlight awareness and the importance of biodiversity, heritage, culture, folklore and protecting the unique Karst landscape. Watch out for: On Thursday 19th drone video of the Karst landscape around Taughmaconnell, on Friday 20th a display of project work from the Irish Wheelchair Association, Sunshine Kids group and St. Hilda’s and on Saturday 21st they will feature Conor Ruane, Community Water Officer from the Local Authority Waters Programme. On Sunday 22nd, they host a Nature Walk and talk with Herbalist Paula Sharkey in the South Roscommon Area at 3 pm. Join Celtic Eye Art Group (Extension) group on Facebook for all details.

The Cultural Heritage of Tulsk Village and Surrounding Landscape – Rathcroghan Visitor Centre, Tulsk will launch a new exhibition focusing on the more recent social and cultural history of Tulsk village and the surrounding area. This focus on local history will be presented on new information panels within our museum space. This will coincide with the display of a short-term exhibition on the life of local Tulsk resident, P.C. Lennon, researched by his grandson Micheal Jones.

The Irish Heritage Trust at the National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park host a new virtual exhibition – Treasures of the Strokestown Famine Archive. This makes publicly accessible some of the most important archival records from the Great Hunger for the first time: Strokestown-assisted emigration scheme, selected by Professor Mark McGowan (University of Toronto); the Assassination of the Landlord, Major Denis Mahon, and Secret Societies interpreted by Professor Christine Kinealy (Quinnipiac University); Digitized Petitions and Voices of the Dispossessed, selected and interpreted by Martin Fagan (Strokestown Park Archivist) and Dr. Ciaran Reilly (Maynooth University) and Digitized Rental Books and Letters as selected by the Strokestown Park Archivist. You can view this wonderful collection on online. The Treasures of the Strokestown Famine Archive Virtual Exhibit will be launched via the Zoom link below. Meeting ID: 962 4540 6988 Passcode: 2021 on Sunday 22nd at 7 pm.

  Elphin Windmill invites you to watch the online video ‘A Guided Tour of Elphin Windmill with Barry Beirne’ which was produced by Roscommon County Council with the support of Creative Ireland.

Kilteevan Graveyard Committee with Hazel Ryan will present ‘The Miller’s Tale’. This project explores O’Brien’s Mill, Belderg, Kilteevan. It includes historical and genealogical references as well as drawing on reports and surveys carried out in 1982, 1978, 1988 and 2008-2009 by various people. The project also highlights the vulnerability of our heritage and imporance of recording it. For further details, contact Kilteevan Graveyard Committee on 086-2412436.

Ballinlough Granlahan Heritage Group will showcase a short 3D animation on Lough O’Flynn and its crannog. This project will feature an interactive virtual environment for people to explore the lake and crannog at their leisure. Viewers can access this fantastic material on

Brendan Fox, in association with Elphin Area Community Enterprise, shares information and online videos on Ryefield Church, Elphin where a conservation project, supported by the Heritage Council, is underway.

The Wood for the Trees – a walk guided by Michael Bell, accompanied by nature poems read by Roscommon poets takes place on Thursday, 19th August, 11 am at St. John’s Wood. Poetry Reading by Susan Graham. Booking by email is essential:

N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue Road Project – Archaeology Videos produced for Roscommon County Council by Archaeological Management Solutions. This suite of ten videos outlining the intriguing archaeology of the new road project have been compiled into a playlist which you can view on the Roscommon County Council channel on YouTube.

Drawing on our Heritage – Roscommon County Council has gathered a considerable collection of conjectural reconstruction drawings of archaeological sites around the county, and we are delighted to collate them into this digital exhibition ‘Drawing on our Heritage’ for National Heritage Week 2021. The collection is in two formats – as a video on Youtube and also as a digital flipbook on the Roscommon County Council website. The digital flipbook format will allow you to take your own time with each drawing, to enjoy them at you own pace and zoom in and have a really good look at the detail in each drawing.

Rahara Church Conservation Project – Roscommon County Council in conjunction with Rahara Cemetery Committee is working to conserve the remains of Rahara Medieval Church with thanks to funding from the Heritage Council & The Community Monuments Fund.

Wander through Roscommon with Rossie the Heritage Duck – fun for kids to visit, colour and read about a number of key heritage sites in County Roscommon, namely – Roscommon Castle, Roscommon Abbey, Lough Key, Boyle Abbey, Elphin Windmill and Tulsk Abbey. Printable resources include interesting facts and stories about each heritage site, colouring pages featuring images of the tourist site and a map of County Roscommon detailing the key locations of heritage sites can be downloaded from

Lisacul Tidy Towns invite you to take part in Lisacul Heritage Trail. This is a self-guided trail around the village to see the points of interest including an early Christian monastic settlement. The map is visible at the crossroads and a print-out will be available all week from the Resource Centre.

Ballintubber Celebrates Heritage on Saturday, August 21st. Events for the day include a tour of the graveyard at 10 am with archaeologist Mary Timoney a talk on the green at 2 pm by archaeologist Niall Brady on the Castles in Communities data project.

Mote Park Conservation Group will be hosting a talk on the conservation project underway at Kimeane Graveyard. See their Facebook for details.

King House in Boyle will have free admission on Sunday, August 22nd from 11 am with last admission at 3 pm. A tour of King House is a walk through over 400 years of Irish history.