Heritage News & Events 26.9.19

Swift Close-up (photo courtesy of Catherine Casey)
Swift Close-up (photo courtesy of Catherine Casey)

Kilkenny Famine Experience talk
The Home Rule Club will host a talk by historian, author and creator of the Celebrated Irish History Podcast Fin Dwyer, titled ‘Kilkenny Famine Experience’ on Wednesday 2nd October @ 8.30pm in the Home Rule Club, John’s Quay, Kilkenny. Admission €5 and tickets will be available at the door. Refreshments served. All are welcome.

Library Lecture Series talks
City Library will host a lecture, with speaker Robert McEvoy, archivist, titled ‘County Kilkenny in the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection’ on Saturday 5th October @11am in the City Library, John’s Quay, Kilkenny. Admission is free on a first-come first-served basis. Further details https://www.kilkennylibrary.ie/eng/news/latest-news/decade-of-centenaries-programme.pdf

Kilkenny County Council adopt Climate Change Strategy
On Monday 16th September, Kilkenny County Council officially adopted a Climate Change Adaptation strategy for the period 2019 to 2024. Under the National Adaptation Framework, all Local Authorities are required to prepare and adopt a five-year Climate Adaptation strategy by the end of September 2019.  Further details at https://www.kilkennycoco.ie/eng/RSSLatestNewsAndAnnouncements/Kilkenny-County-Council-Adopts-Climate-Change-Adaptation-Strategy.68224.shortcut.html

Energy Renovation for Traditional Buildings: CPD lecture Series 2019-2020
The Heritage Council and Carrig Conservation International Ltd has developed a lecture series titled ‘The Fundamentals of Energy Renovation for Traditional Buildings: CPD Lecture Series 2019-2020’ which will take place on 1st,15th & 29th November  2019  and 17th & 31st January 2020 in Dublin. This lecture series is open to qualified building professionals and CPD credits will be provided by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and Engineers Ireland (EI). Further details will be given to attendees upon successful registration. https://ertb.teachable.com/p/fundamentals-of-energy-renovation-for-traditional-buildings/

Farming for Nature Ambassadors Announced
The national Farming For Nature initiative announced its ten Farming for Nature Ambassadors for 2019. It is encouraging members of the public to view 10 specially-commissioned short films about these farmers and then to vote for their favourite one. Further details and voting at https://www.farmingfornature.ie/awards/voting/

Carrig 850 Conference
The Irish Archaeology Field School will host their international conference, titled Carrig 850  on 18th & 19th October in the Irish National Heritage Park, Wexford, which contains the site of Carrick, the first Anglo-Norman stronghold in Ireland. Registration, talk details and fees at https://iafs.ie/carrig850/

Rabbit & Hare Disease spreads
As the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, announced her decision to maintain the suspension of the licences issued to the Irish Coursing Club to capture and tag hares for the 2019-2020 hare coursing season, the public – particularly landowners, farmers, vets and the hare coursing community – is being asked to be on high alert and to report any suspected sightings of diseased rabbits and hares as soon as possible to help efforts to monitor and control the disease. This can be done by contacting the NPWS by phone (1890 383 000) or by email nature.conservation@chg.gov.ie

Archaeology Research Excavation Grants
The Royal Irish Academy, together with the National Monuments Service, welcomes applications for independent research excavations (new excavations, previously-funded excavations and post excavation work) in the Republic of Ireland.  To date this fund has financed more than 100 excavations in Ireland. Further details at https://www.ria.ie/archaeology-research-excavation-grants

Archaeology Radiocarbon Dates Scheme
The Royal Irish Academy, in association with Queen’s University Belfast, offers radiocarbon dating for up to twelve applicants per annum to be used for the purposes of archaeological research in Ireland. The scheme is intended to assist research projects and academics from all levels are welcome to apply to this scheme. Further details at https://www.ria.ie/applying-archaeology-radiocarbon-dates-scheme-2019

Dublin Civic Trust seminar
Dublin Civic Trust will host a ½ day seminar titled, History & Conservation of Traditional Brickwork, on Wednesday 2nd October from 9.30am – 1pm in their premises at 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7. Cost: €75.00. Further details/bookings at http://www.dublincivictrust.ie/learn/courses–seminars-

Oral History Network of Ireland Training Courses
The Oral History Network of Ireland has two upcoming training courses in Dublin & Carlow on Saturday 12th October and Friday 1st November respectively. The first course titled ‘Ethics and Oral History will take place in Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St, Dublin and the second course, titled ‘An Introduction to Oral History – the Life Cycle Approach’ will be held in the Carlow Cathedral Parish Centre, Carlow.  Costs and booking details at https://www.oralhistorynetworkireland.ie/training-courses/