Heritage News & Events 18.9.20

Free virtual Heritage in Schools sessions for Kilkenny Primary Schools
The Heritage in Schools pilot virtual programme will be offered to primary schools in Co. Kilkenny from 28th September until 20th November 2020. Details of the programme and application forms have been posted to all the schools.  To find out more about this programme  go to http://www.heritageinschools.ie/about/news/virtual-heritage-in-schools-pilot-programme

Works on Talbots Tower get the go-ahead
Kilkenny County Council is delighted to have received a grant of €39,900 from the Heritage Council for roof repairs to Talbots Tower, under the Governments Covid Stimulus package. The works on the medieval building will be completed by November.

National Tidy Towns Newsletter – 2 Kilkenny towns/villages highlighted
The Tidy Towns office have issued their September Newsletter which includes articles about Kilkenny groups and the projects they undertook for National Heritage Week. Tullahought Tidy Towns project Back to the past – Valuing Water in the Community, looked to past generations and the lessons to be learnt with a particular focus on water conservation.  Freshford Tidy Towns produced a Heritage Map of Freshford that records the built and cultural heritage, both living and lost, of Freshford and its environs.  To read these articles go to https://www.tidytowns.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Committee-Newsletter-No.6-of-2020.pdf
Kilkenny is stronghold of old Irish writing (Ogham)
Did you know that Kilkenny has the 4th highest concentration of Ogham stones in Ireland? To find out more about this fascinating old Irish language and Kilkenny’s ogham stones see  https://www.heritageweek.ie/projects/ogham-stones-of-county-kilkenny

Teagasc Signpost Series – Biodiversity on Farms
Teagasc is hosting a series of Sustainable Agriculture Webinars during September focusing on Biodiversity.  For the topics covered and to register online go to https://www.teagasc.ie/corporate-events/sustainable-agriculture-webinars/     The webinars can also be viewed online at  https://www.teagasc.ie/environment/climate-change/the-signpost-series-webinars/

Irish Georgian Society online talk series
The Irish Georgian Society, in association with the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates, Maynooth University, will host a nine-week online talk series, titled Irish Country House Architecture. The talks will explain who commissioned, designed and built these houses that form the most impressive building typology of Ireland’s architectural heritage.  Cost: €10 each or €80 for all nine lectures. To find out more details and to book online go to https://www.igs.ie/events/irish-country-house-architecture-lecture-series
Royal Irish Academy Archaeology grant schemes
The Royal Irish Academy, with the National Monuments Service, have sent a callout for their Archaeology Research Excavation Grants scheme which supports independent research excavation in Ireland and welcomes applications for new excavations, continuing excavations and post excavation work.  Closing date: 15th October 2020. For grant criteria and application details go to https://www.ria.ie/archaeology-research-excavation-grants
The Royal Irish Academy, in association with Queens University, Belfast, offers radio carbon dating for up to twelve applicants per annum to be used for the purposes of archaeology research in Ireland. Closing date: 15th October 2020.  For scheme criteria and application details go to https://www.ria.ie/archaeology-radiocarbon-dates-scheme
Building Limes Forum Ireland
The European Training Network programme involving nine countries in Europe starting in February 2021 is seeking to recruit fifteen international PhD students. They are looking for dedicated and highly motivated Early Stage Researchers (ESR), who will join the team to craft the future of lime mortars/plasters in new construction and conservation of built heritage. For more information go to https://sublime-etn.eu/job/
Save the Date
The 3rd Irish ecological Association Conference will take place online from 7th -8th January 2021 in University College Cork.  Further details at https://www.irishecologicalassociation-conference.org/

Féile na Gcloch – virtual mini wall competition
Galway County Council and partners will host an international miniature dry stone walling competition.  Closing date: Friday 25th September 2020.   For further details about this competition go to https://www.facebook.com/Galway-Beo-102500174744778/

What can you do today to help biodiversity?
Biodiversity in Schools have produced a complete toolkit for outdoor learning. Their lesson “To do this month” helps our biodiversity. You could build a log pile or help our bugs, birds, bees and loads more. To find out how you can help go to https://www.biodiversityinschools.com/school-projects.html
Horticultural Industry Peat Moss Review
Malcolm Noonan T.D., Minister for Heritage and Electoral Reform published a report on the review of the use of Peat Moss in the Horticultural Industry. To read the report go to  https://www.chg.gov.ie/minister-noonan-publishes-report-on-the-review-of-the-use-of-peat-moss-in-the-horticultural-industry/