Members of Ardee Archery Club at their Heritage Week display at Mellifont last year. They’ll be back again on Sunday 27 August, 12pm - 4pm (from left): Daniel Ing, Paul Henry, Karl Mulroy, Paul Cullen, Michael Cumiskey and Ken McAllister. Photo: Andy Spearman.
National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council, its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.
Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country.
Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage.
Here are just some of the many heritage Week events taking place in the locality – for full information see www.heritageweek.ie
Ditch the Duvet Dawn Chorus - 19 August, 7:30am - 9am at Newgrange Monument, Co. Meath. Join in the outdoor singsong, celebrating the sun, the monuments, the landscape and National Heritage Week. No experience necessary. Songbooks supplied!
Admission Free but booking required - to book contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 046 9097407.
Taste Medieval Ale and Mead - 20 August, 2pm - 5pm Old Mellifont Abbey, Co. Louth.
Ever wondered how the monks brewed ale and made mead? David O'Shea explains the whole process from the beginning and you get to taste the end result!
Free Boat Rides - 27 August, 1pm - 5pm - Boyne Navigation - I.W.A.I. Oldbridge Sealock - Lock 1, Oldbridge.
Boyne Canal voluntary restoration group offers trips along the Oldbridge section. It’s a unique opportunity to experience the canal from the water rather than the road. Restoration volunteers welcome.
This is their 4th successive year offering free boat trips on the Boyne Canal. Why not bring the whole family to experience it in all its glory. You can observe the ongoing restoration work of IWAI volunteers and perhaps be tempted to join them, newcomers are always welcomed. Their aim is to restore this waterway to what it once was, a key attraction in the Boyne Valley, which is now also a part of Ireland’s Ancient East. Donations of knowledge, skills, materials or supplies are always welcome.
Admission Free - Suitable for Children under 12 Wheelchair Access (Partial) Car Parking Available
Whale watching at Clogherhead - The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group invites you to our annual, free and guided land-based whale watch at a local headland, as part of All-Ireland Whale Watch day on Saturday 26th August.www.droghedamuseum.ie
While there are no guarantees of sightings, given reasonable weather you have a reasonable chance of seeing some of the species that can be viewed locally. You should dress appropriately for the weather and conditions on the day and leave your pets at home. There are no boats involved, as all watches are from land. There may be a short elevated walk from the meeting point to your watch site. We recommend you bring binoculars, your sense of humour and refreshments for this 3 hour field event.
The Big Bang at Millmount - 27 August, 2pm - 5pm - Drogheda Museum Millmount - A family fun day with a great variety of entertaining interactive heritage attractions for all ages. Then experience "The Big Bang", real cannon fire, a lot louder than you think!
The event will take place over the entire Milmount Complex, making good use of both the indoor museum space and the extensive walled-in courtyards. It will feature guided tours, displays of historical items, storytelling, re-enactments, films of Old Drogheda, genealogical research guidance and the major attraction, “The Big Bang” - the firing of the working cannons by our trained volunteers.
Francis Johnston's Townley Hall - 20 August, 3pm - 5pm - Townley Hall, Slane Road, Drogheda, Co. Louth.
Take a walk around the wonderful early 18th century Townley Hall with the knowledgeable Brendan Kiernan. Followed by refreshments (optional).
Townley Hall is a magnificent Georgian mansion built over 200 years ago on a peaceful hilltop setting and is set in 60 acres of rolling parkland overlooking the Boyne Valley, close to the site of the famous battle. The House is an architectural jewel, renowned for its exquisite interior, wonderful proportions and it's magnificent staircase.Take a leisurely walk around the house with the knowledgeable Brendan Kiernan. Refreshments are an optional extra at €2.00 per head.
Adult: €6.00 Child: €5.00 Concession: €5.00
Booking Required - contact 087 929 6499 townleyhall.eventbrite.ie
For more Heritage Week events see www.heritageweek.ie