Heritage News & Events 2.10.19

Pollinator friendly flower (photo courtesy of Dylan Vaughan)

Kilkenny is buzzing
Kilkenny City and Tullahought both won a Pollinator Award in the National Tidy Towns competition Let’s get buzzing Local Authority Award on Monday 30th Sept, recognising all that has been done by the two Tidy Towns groups to help our pollinating insects. County Kilkenny was the only county to have two winners in the awards. Kilkenny City won the Regional Award in the Large Town category and Tullahought won the Regional Award in the Small Town category.  Congratulations to both groups on a job well done. Further details at https://www.kilkennycoco.ie/eng/RSSLatestNewsAndAnnouncements/County-Kilkenny-Scoops-2-Pollinator-Awards-Tidy-Towns-.68540.shortcut.html

120th Anniversary exhibition in County Hall
John Paul Phelan, TD, Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform recently launched a Department-funded mobile exhibition to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the first Local Elections. Compiled and curated by the Local Authority archivists group, it details key local government events over the past 120 years. This exhibition is now on display in County Hall, John St, Kilkenny until Monday 14th October. Opening hours 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.

NETWORKS, Ormond Courtiers & Kilkenny Merchants in the 16th Century
The OPW will host a Study Day relating to their upcoming exhibition at Kilkenny Castle, titled NETWORKS, Ormond Courtiers & Kilkenny Merchants in the 16th Century on Friday 11th (4-9pm) & Saturday 12th (9.30am -4.30pm) October in the Parade Tower Wing, Kilkenny Castle. This event will highlight information concerning the extensive network of connections that the Earls of Ormond had with their counterparts at the English Court and further afield. Cost: €15.  Further details at http://kilkennycastle.ie/event/networks-ormond-courtiers-kilkenny-merchants-in-the-16th-century/?instance_id=1367

From Revolution to Free State talk
City Library continue their Decade of Centenaries Autumn Lecture Series with a talk titled ‘From Revolution to Free State: The Visual Arts Response’ with speaker Catherine Marshall, Art Historian/Curator on Tuesday 15th October @ 6.30pm in City Library, Johns Quay. Admission is free on a first-come first-served basis. Further details at https://www.kilkennylibrary.ie/eng/news/latest-news/decade-of-centenaries-programme.pdf

Sharing Stories: An Introduction to Oral History in Ireland
The Oral History Network of Ireland will host their first event as part of the Dublin Festival of History.  ‘Sharing Stories: An Introduction to Oral History in Ireland will take place on  Monday 14th October @ 6.30pm in the Terenure Library. OHNI members will use clips to showcase the diverse range of oral history projects across Ireland and offer practical advice to those interested in recording their own interviews. Free event but advance booking is required. http://dublinfestivalofhistory.ie/events/sharing-stories-an-introduction-to-oral-history-in-ireland/

John Betjeman Award 2020
The Society  for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) are inviting entries for the John Betjeman Award 2020 which celebrates excellence in conservation and repair projects at places of worship of any faith and recognises the highest standards of craftsmanship used in carrying out these projects. To mark the 30th anniversary of this award they are extending the competition to include faith buildings across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.  Closing date for entries: 25th February 2020. Further details and application forms at https://www.spab.org.uk/about-us/awards/john-betjeman-award