Heritage News & Events 21.2.19

Graveyard Grant Scheme 2019
Kilkenny County Council has announced their 2019 Graveyard Grant scheme to assist community groups/organisations in the management and maintenance of local graveyards. Closing date for completed applications is Friday 29th March. Further details https://www.kilkennycoco.ie/eng/RSSLatestNewsAndAnnouncements/Graveyard-Grant-Scheme-2019-.62880.shortcut.html

Wader birds and red kites
Birdwatch Ireland Kilkenny Branch has organised an outing to the East Coast Nature Reserve, Newcastle, Co. Wicklow to find wader birds and then on to Avoca to view the red kites on Saturday 23rd February. Meet at the gates of Kilkenny Castle @10am for car pooling or at the Castle Inn, Newcastle @12noon. Wear warm clothing and rain gear and bring a packed lunch (or lunch at the Castle Inn). Further details re carpooling etc: Pat Durkin 0567762130 or email birdwatchkilkenny@gmail.com

‘War of Independence in Kilkenny’
South Kilkenny Historical Society will host their AGM on Thursday 21st Feb @ 8pm followed by ‘Kilkenny 685’ (January 1966), a Radharc documentary which showcases the setting up of voluntary social services under the leadership of Dr. Peter Birch, former Bishop of Ossory. They will also host a lecture, by Eoin Swithin Walsh, titled ‘The Beginning of the War of Independence in Kilkenny’ on Friday, 1st March @8pm. Both events will take place in Mullinavat Parish Hall. All are welcome. Further information edsynnott@yahoo.co.uk

Thomastown Community River Trust workshop
Thomastown Community River Trust, with support from LAWCO, will host a talk and workshop for adults dedicated to all things riverine on Friday 8th March from 10am – 2pm at the Grennan Mill Craft School. Alan Sullivan will give a presentation and this will be followed by a practical workshop at the weir pool. Free event but places are limited. Further details: Shem Caulfield 086 3202089

Conservation grants 2019
The Irish Georgian Society invite applications for its Conversation Grants Programme 2019. Priority will be given to applications regarding protected structures and recorded monuments of significant architectural merit. Closing date for applications is Monday 11th March 2019. Further details/application forms https://www.igs.ie/updates/article/irish-georgian-society-conservation-grants-programme-2019

Birds, Seaweeds and Seashells
The National Biodiversity Data Centre will host a number of workshops during the Spring/Summer months of 2019. Explore our shores, identify Irelands’ ants, create a haven for wildlife in your garden. These are just a few of the many topics explored in the workshops. Further details/booking fees http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/events/

Daisies or Dandelions
Do your students know their daisies from their dandelions? The Biodiversity in Schools programme have free printable wall display cards to help your class get to know 20 of the most common flowers seen around Irish primary schools. Available at https://www.biodiversityinschools.com/top-20-flowers-at-school.html

New Strategic Plan for the Irish Architecture Foundation
Following an intensive consultation last summer, the Irish Architecture Foundation released their Strategic Plan 2019-2023 in February 2019. They want architecture to be a civic right and a confident expression of who we are and who we might become. To read more about their plan go to https://architecturefoundation.ie/news/heres-to-the-next-five-years/?utm_source=Website+subscribers&utm_campaign=38fb288e85-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_27_02_43_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_21c18cdef9-38fb288e85-4479225

Pastimes | Past Times
Heritage Week 2019 will take place from 17th-25th August. This year’s theme is Pastimes and Past Times. Why not take a stroll through history and explore how our free time has evolved in often fascinating ways. Our pastimes today have been shaped by hundreds of years of storytelling, craft, sport and music.
Coordinated by the Heritage Council and supported in County Kilkenny by Kilkenny County Council Heritage Office, National Heritage Week is Ireland’s most popular cultural event with half a million people expected to enjoy over 2,200 heritage events across Ireland.
If you have any queries about organising an event in Co. Kilkenny please contact the Kilkenny Heritage Office heritage@kilkennycoco.ie  Event ideas, planning tips and more can be found at http://kilkennyheritage.ie/2019/02/pastimes-past-times/

GaelSpraoi Cois Feoire
Kilkenny Education Centre will host a free four-night mini Gaeltacht, aimed at all levels, on 25th – 28th February from 7 – 9.30pm in the Kilkenny Education Centre, Seville Lodge, Callan Road, Kilkenny. Booking only via https://www.eckilkenny.ie/coursebooking/primary-courses/866-gaeilge-le-spraoi.html