Heritage News & Events 11.2.21

Flowering Rose photo BR

‘My Home Place’, a collaboration between the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council, as part of the Keep Well campaign, KCLR and Ossory Youth, will continue the new series of 10 programmes (18th Jan- 22nd March) featuring stories and memories of people about growing up and living in Co. Kilkenny. To accompany the series, students attending Ossory Youth art classes are creating art works in response to stories. Tune in to KCLR every Monday morning just after the 11am news. To listen back, and to see the wonderful artwork go to https://kclr96fm.com/documentary/my-home-place/

Wolfwalkers Exhibition online talks
Butler Gallery will continue their online Wolfwalkers talks on Wednesday 3rd March from 1 – 2 pm titled Wolves in Ireland which will give you a chance to discover more about the stars of the show!  Creative Directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart will be joined in discussion by Dr Kieran Hickey. Dept of Geography, UCC and author of the book Wolves in Ireland; A Natural and Cultural History.  Registration is required. Go to https://www.butlergallery.ie/whats-on/wolfwalkers-lunchtime-online-talk-series

Building of the Month
Áras na hOidhreachta/The Bishop’s Palace, headquarters of the Heritage Council, features as Building of the Month Feb 2021 on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage’s website Buildings of Ireland.  Read the fascinating article by Colm Murray Architecture Officer, The Heritage Council as he traces the history of the building which has been adapted, altered and extended continuously over the course of seven centuries. https://www.buildingsofireland.ie/building-of-the-month/aras-na-hoidhreachta-or-the-bishops-palace-church-lane-gardens-saint-canices-td-kilkenny/

Tales from the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan
‘Working Together for Biodiversity: Tales from the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020’ launched by Minister of State Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan, highlights positive actions for nature across the island and shows the big difference that small actions can make. The booklet brings together a selection of case studies to tell the story of how communities, farmers, schools, businesses, local authorities and many others have contributed towards the conservation of Ireland’s pollinators. https://pollinators.ie/new-publication-celebrates-first-five-years-of-the-all-ireland-pollinator-plan/

Farming Biodiversity Initiative launched
Minister Hackett launched a Farming Biodiversity grant for locally-led on-farm projects. Projects will have a focus on the promotion of biodiversity through collaboration between farmers and farm groups, NGO’s, local authorities, community or local action groups.  Closing Date: 12 midnight 31st March 2021. For guideline documents and applications details go to https://www.gov.ie/en/service/18a855-european-innovation-partnership-scheme/?referrer=http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/europeaninnovationpartnershipincludinglocallyledschemes/europeaninnovationpartnership/

Kilkenny City & County Draft Development Plan
The Forward Planning Section of Kilkenny County Council held four online public consultation events as part of the development of the new Draft Kilkenny City & County Development Plan, including one which focussed exclusively on heritage. Each of the events were live recorded and can now be viewed by going to https://consult.kilkenny.ie/en/consultation/kilkenny-city-and-county-draft-development-plan-2021-2027

Irish Georgian Society 2021 Conservation Grants
The Irish Georgian Society, through the support of its members in IGS London, is inviting applications for its 2021 Conservation Grants Programme which is open to support buildings of significant architectural merit. Funding totalling €30,000 is available with priority given to older buildings on the basis of rarity and potential fragility relating to age.  Closing date:  5pm 5th March 2021.  For application forms and grant criteria go to https://www.igs.ie/updates/article/irish-georgian-society-conservation-grants-programme-2021

Reimagining Irish Rivers free online webinar
Limerick City & County Council, in partnership with the Local Authority Waters Programme, The Rivers Trust, Mary Immaculate College and The Maigue Rivers Trust, will host a free online two half-day conference titled “Reimagining Irish Rivers: Working with Nature” on 22nd & 23rd March. It will explore Restoration, Management, Biodiversity and River Communities and will bring together the science, practices and communities invested in healthy rivers.  To register go to https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_E7CxVbU9RKiphX9_pT52lA