Heritage News & Events 29.3.21

All Ireland Pollinator Plan – Phase 2!
The National Biodiversity Data Centre have launched a new All-Ireland Pollinator Plan for 2021-2025 to help our bees, other pollinating insects and our wider biodiversity. To find out more https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/new-ambitious-plan-to-save-our-bees-creates-a-buzz/?fbclid=IwAR3StM4UDxdKNWIWQn9EuF_lWrkMGy_DetMbVr2-IPID9bf7Mhhw9WG_fY

Pledge your Garden for Pollinators
The National Biodiversity Data Centre, with support and funding from the Local Authority Heritage and Biodiversity Officers, are asking you to Pledge your Garden for Pollinators. They have produced a brochure to help explain what you can do in your garden. If you would like a copy of this leaflet email heritage@kilkennycoco.ie and give your name and address (within Co. Kilkenny) or to download a copy go to https://pollinators.ie/pledge-your-garden-for-pollinators/

 Does Heritage “Make your Place”?
The Community Section of Kilkenny County Council have commissioned Health Checks for 6 towns and villages in the county (Thomastown, Castlecomer, Johnstown, Urlingford, Mullinavat, Goresbridge) and would like your opinion on the current economic, social, environmental and physical situation of the town. If you live in one of these areas – do you think that the heritage buildings, the history, biodiversity and habitats in the town are important? If so, have your say and help inform future plans under Kilkenny County Council’s Town and Village Renewal Schemes. See https://www.mykilkennytown.ie/  #makestheplace #wasteofspace

The Life and Legacy of An Irish Revolutionary
The Pat Walsh Memorial Committee have produced a short trailer for their forthcoming documentary “Pat Walsh; The Life and Legacy of an Irish Revolutionary”. The documentary will be aired at an on-line commemorative event on Sunday May 16th to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Pat and his comrade Seán Quinn who both died during the War of Independence in May 1921. The documentary was funded by Kilkenny County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme 2020, with funding from the National Commemorations Unit. To view the short trailer, go to https://www.facebook.com/PatWalshMemorial/videos/442881096947386/

New Video to help Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme applicants
The GLAS Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme have released a short video (6 minutes) to assist applicants with their applications and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RurFY-sF4Y&t=21s   Closing date for applications is 5pm Monday 5th April 2021. Application details and criteria available at https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/projects/traditional-farm-buildings-grant-scheme
Garden Butterfly Monitoring
Would you like to record the butterflies in your garden and help to conserve Irelands butterflies? If so, please sign up to the new Garden Butterfly Monitoring Scheme co-ordinated by the National Biodiversity Data Centre.  To participate you must first register your garden. See here for more information https://www.biodiversityireland.ie/projects/monitoring-scheme-initiatives/butterfly-monitoring-scheme/get-involved/garden-butterfly-monitoring/

Make your own bird, bat and barn owl boxes
We have just gotten delivery of our new Birdwatch Ireland How to Guide leaflets to make nest boxes for garden birds, bats and barn owls. If you would like to receive hard copies (within Co. Kilkenny), of these helpful leaflets please email us at heritage@kilkennycoco.ie or you can download a copy at https://birdwatchireland.ie/irelands-birds-birdwatch-ireland/nestbox-designs-for-birds-and-wildlife

Creative Ireland/Fulbright Fellowship webinar
The Creative Ireland and Fulbright Professional Fellowships Awards were launched in 2018 to assist participants undertake valuable placements in prestigious American museums.  This programme will host a webinar on Thursday 1st April @ 1pm and will outline how to succeed at the application stage followed by a Q & A session. Applications open in August and close on 31st October 2021.  To register for the webinar go to https://www.creativeireland.gov.ie/en/news/want-to-apply-for-a-fulbright-creative-ireland-programme-fellowship/