National Heritage Week 2014 is coming to Longford this August from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31. Coordinated by the Heritage Council, over 1,500 events are scheduled to take place during the week nationwide, the majority of which will be free to attend. A number of events will happen in Longford with a wide variety to cater for a number of interests.
2014 is the United Nations 20th Anniversary of the “International Year of the Family” and to celebrate the theme for National Heritage Week 2014 is; ‘Family … generations exploring heritage together’.
There are a range of events taking place in Longford including the Ballymahon Heritage Day, Great War Exhibition, Leo Casey Evening, Irish Flora & Fauna Exhibition.
The event will kick off on Saturday with Great War Movies Club. On Sunday there is the opportunity to visit the Longford Beekeepers’ Apiary in Cullyfad which is not suitable for children. Contact John on 087 0644015. From Monday there will be an exhibition of Irish Flora and Fauna by local artist Mary Fleming in Lanesboro Library which will continue throughout the week.
On Tuesday 26, Fr Tom Murray will lead a walk down the Royal Canal, beginning from Richmond Harbour in Clondra at 5pm while in Granard Library at 7.30pm people can learn about the Black Pigs Dyke, an ancient memorial just outside of Granard town.
The walking tour will continue in Ardagh on Wednesday 27 when Fr Murray and Martin Morris will lead the tour of Ardagh from the Old St Mel’s Cathedral at 7pm. On Thursday August 28, Ardagh will again be the destination for heritage enthusiasts as the Heritage Centre is giving people the chance to get creative and design their own art piece inspired by the legend of Midir and Etain. Meanwhile, at 7.30pm in Ballymahon a free event of music and reading will celebrate the writer John Keegan “Leo” Casey.
Friday will be a day full of informative talks on Irish peatlands ecology and archaeology in Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre, Kenagh between 10am and 4pm.
The events continue into the weekend with Ballymahon hosting a heritage day from 11am-5pm which promises to be a great day out. There will be vintage entertainments and a High Nelly parade followed by a fun cycle.
Heritage week will come to a close on Sunday, August 31 with a family tree coffee morning in Ardagh Heritage Centre at 11am where people can share stories about their family tree. Durnafest, Gowna will be the venue of the final event, Colmcille ploughing, heritage and family fun day from 12-5pm.
50,000 copies of the National Heritage Week Event Guide will be available in the coming weeks free throughout the country in Fáilte Ireland Tourist Offices, Libraries, OPW Sites, Bus Eireann Stations, County Council Offices etc. Complete event listings are also available on the National Heritage Week website, www.heritageweek.ie.
Celebrating Heritage Week 2014, two exciting competitions are also open to the public. The first offers a six night touring holiday around Ireland, with two nights for two people in three of the 27 luxurious Manor House Hotels. Visit www.heritageweek.ie and click on the competition area to enter.
The National Heritage Week Photography Competition invites people to submit original photographs interpreting the theme of this year’s Heritage Week. More details can be found on www.heritageweek.ie
Heritage Week is co-ordinated by The Heritage Council and is part of European Heritage Days, which is celebrated in over 40 countries across Europe.
More information is available on www.heritageweek.ie and on Twitter (@HeritageWeek/ #HeritageWeek) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/heritageweek).