Heritage News & Events 8.10.20

Polanassy Waterfall Photo courtesy of Dylan Vaughan
Polanassy Waterfall (Photo courtesy of Dylan Vaughan)

Kilkenny Staycations, Tidy Town Photographers wanted and Irelands 1st reverse vending machine
The latest national Tidy Towns Newsletter has lots of great articles and advice from Tidy Town groups around the country. Some of our favourites are a lovely feature on “Staycations in Kilkenny” with information about the lovely walks and visitor attractions in the city and county;  a callout to all budding photographers in Tidy Town groups to submit photos;  and details of Irelands First Recycle & Reward Reverse Vending of Plastic Bottles (a Carrickmacross TidyTowns project), and an invite to a free online seminar about the project on Wednesday 11th November @7.30pm. To register for this webinar, go to http://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqfuyqpjojGdTWRdtTRU3-NzCfb-WBbWax

To read these and the many other interesting articles in the newsletter, produced by the National Tidy Towns Unit of the Dept of  Rural and Community Development, go to https://www.tidytowns.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Committee-Newsletter-No.7-of-2020.pdf

1920 Local Elections Commemorative Booklet
This year marks the centenary of the local elections of 1920 which were pivotal in the history of local government in Ireland. To mark these events because of their significance for the struggle for independence, the Dept. of Housing, Local Government & Heritage recently commissioned a publication, titled ‘1920 Local Elections commemorative booklet’, to commemorate the 1920 local elections. If you would like to find out more about this period in our history go to https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/attachments/localelections1920_english_web.pdf

Business and Biodiversity Survey – We Need Your Views
The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, along with the Department of Housing and Local Government has commissioned a study on business and biodiversity.  They would like to hear from businesses in Kilkenny to see how they benefit from, and impact on biodiversity, and hear about any actions that they have taken for biodiversity. They are asking businesses to spare 10/12mins to fill out this short survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/LYC756/  to help them to understand what companies are doing, or could be doing, and what supports are needed. The deadline for completing the survey is the end of October. To find out more about the project see https://www.naturalcapitalireland.com/post/the-ifnc-launches-a-study-on-business-biodiversity

Cork Hunger Strike Centenary conference online
University College Cork, with co-funding from Cork City Council and the Dept. of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, will host a three-day virtual history conference from Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th October.  This conference is freely available to the public on the video webinar platform Zoom. To register or find out more about the programme, go to https://conference.ucc.ie/terence-macswiney%2c-cork-mens-gaol%2c-and-the-political-hunger-strike%2c-1920-2020/terence-macswiney/Site/Register