The Friary Street Ambush
The Friary Street Ambush took place in Kilkenny City on 21st February 1921 during the War of Independence. A film, produced by Larry Scallan, in association with Infinity Media, has been produced as part of the Kilkenny Decade of Centenaries programme. This film is part of the Kilkenny Decade of Centenaries Programme Report 2020, co-ordinated by the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council and funded by the Department of Tourism Culture Arts Gaeltacht Sport & Media, under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative. To view go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSKjIRCJLBQ
James Stephens Barracks live streaming talks
Butler Gallery has been live streaming recent talks to their youtube channel where you can find a series of 4 talks by members of the Irish Defence Forces at James Stephens Barracks on the occasion of The Bloods exhibition by Amelia Stein. The talks cover a range of topics. To view the talks online go to https://www.butlergallery.ie/learn-engage/adults/talks
Do you have any memories of Evan’s Home?
Butler Gallery is collecting information and stories about their new home Evan’s Home to add to their Oral History series. They would love to hear what you have to say or any stories you would like to share! You can email any stories you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TidyTowns November newsletter
The TidyTowns office have issued their 8th newsletter for the year which includes confirmation from Minister Humphreys that the SuperValu TidyTowns competition will go ahead in 2021. This is what the minister had to say: “As we look forward to next year, I want to assure all of the TidyTowns groups and their volunteers, that there will be a SuperValu TidyTowns competition in 2021. We may need to alter and adapt our approach to delivering the competition next year given the on-going constraints posed by COVID, but we can retain the ethos of the competition that has stood the test of time so well.”
There are also some very interesting articles in this newsletter issue: Corofin TidyTowns recently commissioned a 16-year-old local teenager to complete some public wall art. Birdhill TY students, as part of their Volunteering Section for their Gaisce Awards, undertook, litter picking, clearing containers of summer bedding plants and harvesting and potting begonia bulbs etc in Birdhill. Ennis TidyTowns produced their 6th factsheet and this time they concentrated on Tree Planting. To read these articles go to https://www.tidytowns.ie/about-us/newsletters/
Lough Gur online webinar
Lough Gur Heritage Centre will host an online webinar, titled Lough Gur Virtual Experience online, on November 16th from 7-8.30pm. As part of their countdown to their first online event they have released a short promotional video. To view go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL9AWlbYaQc Tickets for the webinar are €10. Book online at www.loughgur.com
Museums can help online conference
NEMO will host their European Museum Conference online from 16th -19th November. They will hold sessions, panel discussions and webinars and explore how museums help people make sense of the world and other complicated matters. This conference is free of charge but registration is required. To find out more go to
Culture in crisis
UNESCO have produced a practical guide that draws on policies and measures adopted during the COVID-19 crisis to face its devastating impact on the cultural and creative sectors. It highlights good practices of response measures, assesses emerging trends and offers practical advice to policymakers. To read this policy guide go to https://en.unesco.org/creativity/publications/culture-crisis-policy-guide-resilient-creative