Heritage News & Events 2.3.21

Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2021 now open
The Heritage Council Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2021 is now open for applications with an allocation of approx. €1m for nationwide projects. This programme is open to voluntary and community groups, heritage-related NGO’s and not-for-profit heritage organisations. Closing date for applications: 5pm Monday 29th March 2021. Online application details and scheme guidelines available at https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/funding/community-heritage-grant-scheme-2021

Friary Street Ambush 100 years commemoration
To commemorate the centenary of the Friary Street ambush, at the request of the Elected Members of the Municipal District of Kilkenny City, a small wreath laying ceremony took place on 21st Feb with Kilkenny Municipal Mayor, Cllr John Coonan, Kilkenny County Council Cathaoirleach Cllr. Andrew McGuinness and descendants of Thomas Dullard. Mr. Dullard, a civilian and young father, got caught in the crossfire of the Ambush as he was leaving the Friary Church after confessions. Captain Thomas Hennessy and Michael Dermody, 1st Battalion IRA, were also fatally wounded. A short film, recounting the story of this ambush, produced by Larry Scallan retired Army Commandant, military historian and former manager of Kilkenny Military Barracks Museum, and funded under Kilkenny County Council’s 2020 Decade of Centenaries Programme can be viewed on the Council’s YouTube channel https://youtu.be/5LmO6kvc7f0

New William Marshal book published
Four Courts Press have published a new book titled ‘William Marshal and Ireland’, by authors/editors, the late John Bradley, a Kilkenny native, Coilin Ó’Drisceoil, director of Kilkenny Archaeology and a member of Kilkenny Archaeological Society and Michael Potterton. This richly illustrated collection examines the important Irish career of one of the most famous personalities of medieval Europe, William Marshal and his wife Isabel de Clare. Further details available at https://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2016/william-marshal-and-ireland/

Don’t forget to submit your Garden Bird Survey data
The annual Irish Garden Bird Survey came to an end on Feb 28th. Birdwatch Ireland is kindly asking all participants to please remember to return your survey forms by post or email, or to submit your data online by 31st March. info@birdwatchireland.ie

OHNI 10th birthday and new website launch
The Oral Heritage Network of Ireland will celebrate 10 years in existence and their new website launch on Tuesday 23rd March @7pm. This free online networking event, via Zoom, offers a space for oral historians to meet in an informal setting to discuss ideas and meet other people involved in oral history. Free event but registration is required. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ohnis-10th-birthday-networking-event-tickets-142101004931

European Year of Rail 2021
The European Commission have designated 2021 as the European Year of Rail. This initiative will highlight the benefits of rail as a sustainable, smart and safe means of transport with a variety of activities that will put rail in the spotlight throughout 2021 across the continent. To find out more about this interesting topic go to https://europa.eu/year-of-rail/get-involved_en

Burrenbeo Trust annual online symposium
Burrenbeo Trust will host their annual Learning Landscape symposium online this year which will bring together some of the leading specialists on the theme of ‘Living local: learning through place for a sustainable future’. It takes place from 18th -20th March 2021. This is a free event but registration is essential. Further information and registration at https://burrenbeo.com/learning-landscape-symposium-2021/

ALIPH launches its 4th call for projects
The International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH) invites applications for projects that protect or rehabilitate cultural heritage threatened or damaged by conflicts around the world. Closing date for applications: 16th April 2021. Further information and criteria available at https://cultureincrisis.org/news-and-events/aliph-launches-its-fourth-call-for-projects