Heritage News & Events 31.1.19

Talbots Tower Stone Door(photo courtesy of Dylan Vaughan)
Talbots Tower Stone Doorway(photo courtesy of Dylan Vaughan)

Newpark Marsh: Wildlife in the City
To celebrate World Wetlands Day in Kilkenny, Birdwatch Ireland Kilkenny Branch, with support from the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council will lead an outing to Newpark Marsh, Kilkenny on Saturday 2nd February at 11am. Meet at the entrance to the Newpark Marsh (Lovers Lane, just off the Castlecomer Road). This event is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Please note there is no parking available. Further details contact Pat Durkin @ 086-1507392. For more information on World Wetlands Day, or if you or your community is holding an event you can register it at http://irishwetlands.ie/index.php/wetlands-climate-change/

Creating a Local Sustainable Future – Free workshop
The South East Public Participation Networks and the Irish Environmental Network will host a free one day workshop titled ‘Creating a Local Sustainable Future – Practical actions for your community,’ on Saturday 23rd February from 9.45am – 3pm in the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny. This event concentrates on local action with the aim of giving attendees some real and positive actions that can be taken back into the community and used for local change.  Lunch and refreshments included. Registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/creating-a-local-sustainable-future-practical-actions-for-your-community-registration-55526022829

St. Patrick is helping to “Bring the Bees back”
St. Patrick’s Day Festival committee are urging organisations across the city and county to get involved in our annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019. The 2019 theme is ‘Bring the Bees back’ (optional).  Bees play an important part in our food chain and we want to celebrate the humble bee as well as examine ways that might help local bee populations. Further details/application forms: admin@stpatricksfestivalkilkenny.com

Charred Remains
Curious Broadcast’s latest radio documentary, Charred Remains, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, will broadcast on Newstalk 106-108Fm on Sunday 3rd Feb @ 7am and will be repeated on Saturday 9th Feb @9pm. It tells the story of the destruction in 1922 of Ireland’s Public Record Office which held records of legal proceedings, ecclesiastical and genealogical records, censuses, will and parish registers, and the daunting task of rebuilding this National Archive.

Community Water Grants 2019
The Local Authority Waters Programme has launched an open call for applications under the Community Water Development Fund 2019. This fund is open to all community and voluntary groups to assist in the protection and management of water quality, both locally and in the wider catchment. Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 12th February 2019 @ 7pm. Further details and applications forms: http://watersandcommunities.ie/community-water-development-fund-2019/?mc_cid=50b6831b93&mc_eid=ec6fbc1c05

Be a force of nature
National Tree Week, organised by the Tree Council of Ireland in association with Coillte, will take place from 31st March-7th April 2019.  Forest and woodland walks, nature trails, workshops, talks, tree hugging, tree climbing, poetry readings and exhibitions. These are just a small selection of events that you or your community could organise for National Tree Week. Further details: https://treecouncil.ie/initiatives/tree-week/get-involved/

Communications and your EU Culture Project Seminar
The Creative Europe Desk Culture Office will host a special interactive session on ‘Communications and your EU project’ at this free event for groups considering applying for EU funding, delivered by DHR Communications, on Friday 8th March from 9.30am – 1.30pm in the Chocolate Factory, 26 King’s Inn Street, Dublin 1. Hear from the experts and get practical tips and tools on this important topic. Further details on the seminar/registration requirements at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/communications-and-your-eu-culture-project-tickets-55632111142?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0l4Jbl0KJZ0bOPW_2-Pn72lqLguV1Wk_BeHvzSzwNNDOTeSqkFI10tkgU

New National Heritage Plan – Have your say
A public consultation on the development of a new national heritage plan Heritage Ireland 2030 has been announced by Minister Madigan. This plan will recognise the vital role our heritage plays in our community, our economy and our society.  Your views on objectives and actions to deliver the vision are important – they will help to shape the priorities for Ireland’s heritage for the next 10 years. Closing date for submissions: 28th February 2019. Further details https://www.chg.gov.ie/heritage/heritageireland2030/