Heritage News & Events 2.10.20

Just a reminder – Heritage in Schools free virtual programme
Don’t forget to register your school for the free Heritage in Schools pilot virtual programme on offer to all Kilkenny Primary Schools from 28th September until 20th November 2020.  Over 50% of the Kilkenny primary schools have already registered for this new exciting programme. To find out more about this programme go to http://www.heritageinschools.ie/about/news/virtual-heritage-in-schools-pilot-programme

People and Place:  Expression of shared heritage
The International Council on Monuments & Sites Ireland (ICOMOS) will host, online, the annual Maura Shaffrey Lecture 2020, titled ‘People and Place: Expression of shared heritage through Intangible Cultural Heritage’, with guest speaker Clara Arokiasamy, followed by a response by Virginia Teehan, CEO The Heritage Council, on Thursday 8th October from 6.30 – 7.30pm.  Pre-booking for this event is essential. To register go to www.icomosirelandamsl.eventbrite.ie

 Celebrate Kilkenny Day
The first Kilkenny Day will be celebrated on Sunday 11th October in Kilkenny City and County. All Kilkenny residents are invited to enjoy a programme of events that will run across the county.  The programme includes family workshops, music events, bell ringing, Taste Kilkenny, King of the Cats competition and Bling your Bike to name but a few of the many events on the day.  To view the full list of events go to https://visitkilkenny.ie/event/kilkenny-day/?fbclid=IwAR1fTKrb9rpzmt0LiMBxUrKOb8Z3tS15gU6-_4tfFHQJWeXHLsfxbzHeMjk

Farming for Nature bimonthly newsletter
Farming for Nature have published their September-October edition of their newsletter. This publication contains news and upcoming events, offers helpful nature-friendly tips for the farm and shares useful resources, including words of wisdom from our farmers. To read go to https://sh1.sendinblue.com/acy2qhhc1ht7e.html?t=1600767897 

Land, Sea and Sky conference goes online
The National Monuments Service, in partnership with the OPW and organised by Archaeology Ireland, will present the conference Land, Sea and Sky: the archaeology of coasts and islands, as a series of recorded free-to-view online presentations by eminent researchers, surveyors and boots-on-the-shore archaeologists between 1st – 10th October 2020 on the Archaeology Ireland website. For further details and to register go to  https://archaeologyireland.ie  All pre-recorded conference presentations will be available, from their release, to view online until the end of October.
A Time to Remember – Kilkenny’s Covid-19 Memories
Kilkenny County Council Library Service invite everyone to send them their memories, experiences and observations of the COVID-19 pandemic to be a part of our living history during this time in either prose, poems or images etc.  The Library Service will create a community memoir which will be available for everyone to access via its digital archive. Closing date: Thursday 31st December 2020.  Further information and how to submit items at https://www.kilkennylibrary.ie/eng/whats_on/library-event-calendar/a-time-to-remember-kilkenny-memories-of-covid-19.html 

Virtual Networking Event
The Oral History Network of Ireland will host a Virtual Networking Event – Experiences of Remote Interviewing on Thursday 15th October from 5 – 7pm.  This online event offers an informal setting to discuss ideas, talk about past or current projects, get to know other people involved in Oral History and share experiences of and concerns about remote interviewing.  Free event but registration is required. To find out more about this event/registration go to

They will also host an interactive online ‘Training Workshop – Interview Skills’ on Monday 16th November from 3 – 6pm. This workshop will focus on developing the key skills required to conduct the best possible oral history interview and will explore the relationship between interviewer and interviewee etc. Cost: Non-members €35, Members €25.  For further details on this event/registration go to https://www.oralhistorynetworkireland.ie/training-courses/interview-skills/

Business & Biodiversity Webinar
The Irish Forum on Natural Capital Ireland are conducting a study on Irish Business & Biodiversity to examine how Irish businesses can take steps to help halt biodiversity loss. They will host a webinar, with BITC on 6th October where you can learn more about this project and the preliminary findings.  Details of this webinar at https://www.naturalcapitalireland.com/post/ifnc-to-co-host-webinar-on-irish-business-biodiversity-on-october-6th-2020-alongside-bitc

Difficult Heritage International conference online
University of Oslo, Norway will host a free online international conference titled ‘Difficult Heritage’ from 5th – 21st October.  The lecture on 5th October might be of interest to Irish citizens. Its titled “Turning Difficult Pasts into Socially Engaged Heritage through Transitional Justice: Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries” All talks are via zoom and free/open to the public. For registration go to http://bit.ly/difficultheritage 

Fáilte Ireland Covid-19 Adaptation Fund
Fáilte Ireland have extended their submission deadline from 8th October to 31st October 2020 for applications to help tourism and hospitality businesses offset some of the costs incurred in adapting their premises or operations. This funding may be of interest to the heritage visitor attraction sector. Further information and application criteria available at https://www.failteireland.ie/covid-19-adaptation-fund.aspx