Longford gets set to shine during national Heritage Week

National Heritage week gets under way from August 18-26 next and here in Co Longford there is an exciting line up of events that are guaranteed to get the whole family out and about, enjoying all the beautiful culture and heritage that surrounds us.  

National Heritage week gets under way from August 18-26 next and here in Co Longford there is an exciting line up of events that are guaranteed to get the whole family out and about, enjoying all the beautiful culture and heritage that surrounds us.  

Beginning on August 21, 2012 a free event which provides an insight into Anglo-Norman castles in the county will take place. It will begin at 7:30pm, ending at approximately 9pm and will commence at Longford Library, Town Centre, Longford. Dr Kieran O’Conor will discuss the castles and tower houses of the frontier county of Longford and analyse the impact this had on their design and function.

Then on August 18 and 20-25, an Exhibition of Church History celebrating the 150th anniversary of the present church will be held at St John’s Church of Ireland, Lanesboro from 10:30am-5:30pm. This event also takes place at the Church on August 19 and 26 from 1pm-5:30pm. “This will include a display of the history of the site and church from beginning of worship on site to the present day,” Longford Heritage Officer, Mairead Ni Chonghaile explained. “A display of books and vestry minutes from 1840 will also be made available as the present church is as it was in 1862.”

‘Once Upon A Time... In Ireland’ is a free event on August 25 from 11am-12:15pm which will comprise a family show of magic, monsters and heroes. The event will allow the audience to follow the story’s archaeologists on a journey through mythic stories of the making of Ireland. “This is a programme which explores some lesser known Irish stories in an entertaining and interactive manner using costumes, and ‘reproduction artefacts’ to hold and try out,” Ms Ní Chonghaile added. “Planning a New Landscape in the Mountdillon Peatlands will take place on August 20 from 7:30pm-9pm at the Goldsmith Room, Ballymahon Library, Main Street, Ballymahon. David Fallon, Ecologist with Bord na Mona, will discuss the potential for the area of the Mountdillon works, once peat harvesting stops, and there will be a series of genealogy stories on August 21 from 1:15pm onwards at Longford Library, Town Centre, Longford.” August 20 also sees an open day at St George’s Church of Ireland in Kenagh. Taking place from 2pm-7pm, the event is free of charge and will provide enthusiasts with an opportunity to view one of Longford’s finest Church of Ireland’s churches. “The church was erected under the patronage of Jane Dowager, Countess of Ross in 1832 and it is of architectural interest,” Ms Ní Chonghaile explained, adding that the Church was designed in the Gothic Revival style with an emphasis on the perpendicular, by the architect William Farrell with builder B Cowen.

Ballinamuck Visitor’s Centre will host an open day on August 18, while a native planting for your garden will be held at Ardagh Eco-Gardens on August 25. An Exhibition on the Life and Work of Padraic Colum will take place on August 20, 23, 24 and 25 at Longford Library and a family fun day will take place at Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, Ardagh on August 18 next.

For more information on Longford Heritage Week, log onto heritage@longfordcoco.ie or phillmcg@eircom.net