Heritage News & Events 21.8.20

Extra Funding for Community Centres and Facilities
The Minister of State for Community Development and Charities Joe O’Brien, TD, recently announced details of €5 million funding for community centres and buildings under the July stimulus package (€127,249 has been allocated to Kilkenny). It is open to locally based community and voluntary groups in disadvantaged urban and rural areas, and, Not-for-profit organisations. Closing date for applications is 5pm Friday 11th September 2020.  Application forms and criteria available at https://www.kilkennycoco.ie/eng/RSSLatestNewsAndAnnouncements/Community%20Enhancement%20Programme2020%20fund%20for%20Community%20Centres%20and%20Community%20Buildings%20is%20now%20open%20for%20applications.75927.shortcut.html

Ogham Stones of Co. Kilkenny – New Videos Now Online
The Kilkenny Ogham Project, commissioned by the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council, and co-funded by the Heritage Council, will record in 3d ogham stones in County Kilkenny and make these available to the public on the “Ogham in 3D” website. The project is being undertaken by Ogham in 3D and Digital Heritage Age. To find out more about this project and to view a series of new videos about the project go to https://www.heritageweek.ie/projects/ogham-stones-of-county-kilkenny

Best Birdwatching Sites in Kilkenny
Would you like to find out some of the best places to birdwatch in Kilkenny and what species you might see? The Kilkenny branch of Birdwatch Ireland has created a useful guide to help you. From commonly seen birds such as thrushes and finches, to rarer species such as Peregrine falcons and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. The article features in the Autumn 2020 issue of Wings, BirdWatch Ireland’s quarterly membership magazine. To read this article go to https://kilkennyheritage.ie/2020/08/best-birdwatching-sites-in-kilkenny/

Thank you for Heritage Week
We were delighted with the number of Kilkenny projects registered for Heritage Week (www.heritageweek.ie). A sincere thanks to all the project organisers for being so creative in your approach this year. There are 39 projects registered from around the county including a short film from Tullahought, a new heritage map from Freshford and an architects view of the conservation of Evans Home.  If anyone has a project that they haven’t uploaded yet, they will be accepted until 30th August.  The Heritage Council plans to keep the website active for a long period of time to allow people to share the projects.

Tidy Towns Newsletter – Issue 5
The Tidy Towns Newsletter Issue 5 is now out and available to read online. Get some ideas to help you with your Tidy Towns map for next year. What about Carrick-On-Shannon’s Tidy Towns novel way of social distancing? Have a look at Ennis Tidy Town’s sustainable factsheet about household waste.  These and lots more to read at https://www.tidytowns.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Issue-5-of-2020.pdf