Heritage News 1st August 2018

Bring Your Own Chair to Goresbridge, Coon, Kells & Kilkenny
As part of the “Bring Your Own Chair” project, (artist residency looking to reclaim public space in towns and villages), Callan Workhouse Union have organised a series of events in Goresbridge on Wed 1st, Coon on Thurs 2nd, the National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny on Fri 3rd  and in Kells on Sunday 5th August.  Email info@callanworkhouseunion.com for further information.
Kilkenny County Council adopts Pollinator Plan and Bumblebee
Kilkenny County Council members adopted the All Ireland Pollinator Plan and the Bumblebee as an emblem.  Mary Mulholland, Director of Services outlined how Kilkenny County Council will work to develop pollinator friendly practices where possible to provide sustainable habitats for our Bees to ensure that they can thrive into the years ahead supporting food production and a healthy environment   You too can help whether you plough a field, have a garden or a window box. For further information contact Dearbhala Ledwidge, Heritage Officer, 056/7794925 or email Dearbhala.ledwidge@kilkennycoco.ie
Things to do during Heritage Week 18th – 26th Aug 2018
Some suggestions for Heritage Week events:
Seven Soldiers, Seven Stories
Kilkenny’s Great War memorial will host events re-remembering the lives of seven Kilkenny soldiers and nurses who served and were lost in WWI over 100 years ago.
Free Guided Tours
St. Mary’s Collegiate Church Gowran will have free guided tours. Meet some of its oldest residents, take a selfie with a knight and hear about the interesting people who lived and died in Gowran.
From Kilmaganny to Kolwezi
Kilkenny Library Service will host an event where retired soldier and Kilmoganny native, Derry Noonan, will discuss his book about his tours of the Congo and his many interesting journeys
Details of Heritage Week events can be found at https://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/events?where=kilkenny&when=&type=&order=postDate+desc&q=

St. Lachtain’s Church & Arts Centre, Freshford
St Lachtain’s Church has opened a visitor centre which includes a shop supporting local arts and crafts. It is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11.30am to 4pm during June, July and August.
On 24th August @ 8pm St. Lachtain’s will host a launch of the book, Friggers Alley, a collection of stories, songs and poems of Freshford compiled by Ned Kennedy. Preceding the book launch, a lecture will be delivered, titled A History of Entertainment in Freshford.  Further details of the launch at https://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/friggers-alley-book-launch
Heritage Week Competition – Win a 2 night break
To celebrate Heritage Week 2018, Original Irish Hotels are offering one lucky winner and guest a two night B&B break in one of their unique owner-run hotels located in Ireland’s most outstanding destinations. To enter, go to https://www.heritageweek.ie/about/original-irish-hotels
100 Birds of Ireland book launch
100 Bird of Ireland in Watercolour by Anne-Karoline Distel book launch will take place in the Book Centre, High St on Wednesday 8th Aug @7pm. Further details https://www.facebook.com/events/259711394846436/
Drought reveals Landscape secrets
The recent discovery of a large henge-like enclosure within the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site at Newgrange garnered worldwide media interest – it is a remarkable discovery within an already phenomenally rich archaeological landscape. Further details at https://archaeologyireland.ie/bru-na-boinne-world-heritage-site/  If you are aware of any previously unknown sites in County Kilkenny now visible due to the recent drought please let us know at heritage@kilkennycoco.ie
Irish Architecture Foundation needs your help
Irish Architecture Foundation needs architects for their National Architects in Schools Initiative, volunteers for Open House Dublin Festival in October and your opinions to help them develop their strategy and goals for the next five years. More information at http://architecturefoundation.ie/
Family Storytelling Event
Kilkenny County Childcare Committee, with co-sponsorship from Kilkenny County Councils Heritage Office, will host a Family Storytelling Event, with Niall De Búrca, at Ballykeefe Amphitheatre on Wednesday 22nd August from 10am-1pm. Free event but booking essential. Phone 056-7752865 or email aisling@kkccc.ie