Heritage News & Events 21.9.2021

“The History Fix” shortlisted for IMRO Award
The History Fix radio series about Kilkenny’s history and heritage has been shortlisted for an IMRO Radio Award. The series is a collaboration between KCLR and the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council, and is funded under the Kilkenny Creative Ireland Programme 2021. The awards will be announced in October.   The History Fix Series 2 started the end of August and will continue until 17th November. If you missed any episodes you can listen back to them here. https://kclr96fm.com/the-history-fix/

Abbey Quarter Conservation Plan featured on History Fix tonight (21st Sept)
A special feature about the Abbey Quarter Conservation Plan will be aired on Tues 21st Sept at 6.10pm on “The History Fix” radio series on KCLR. It’s a behind the scenes look at what’s involved in preparing a conservation management plan for this unique site and includes fascinating interviews with all the experts and partners involved (engineers, conservation architects, archaeologists, ecologists). This Plan will guide the future conservation, maintenance and presentation of these iconic monuments which are a focal point of the recently opened public park in Kilkenny City. The public will be invited to submit their views on a draft Conservation Plan, as part of a public consultation process in the coming months.  Tune in tonight, or listen back later at https://kclr96fm.com/the-history-fix/

Black Friars Arch conservation and repair works start
Conservation and repair works to Black Friars Arch will commence on Monday 27th September. Built by the Anglo Normans in the 13th century as part of the medieval walls of Kilkenny City, its name refers to the Friars of the nearby Black Abbey and is the only remaining gate in the medieval city wall. These works are funded by Kilkenny County Council and the Irish Walled Towns Network.

New Tidy Towns Handbook published
The national Tidy Towns office have produced a new Tidy Towns Handbook for all Tidy Towns groups. https://www.tidytowns.ie/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Issue-9-2021-.pdf

Online Archaeology conference
The National Monuments Service will host their 4th free online conference, titled Nexus: people and places through time, on 16th October, 1pm-7pm. Connections – the many ways by which people in the past reached out to others and shared cultures, activities and experiences – will be under the spotlight for this conference on archaeological and cultural heritage. Attendance is free but prior registration is required. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/nexuspeople-and-places-through-time-tickets-160202657461

All-Ireland Hedge Laying Championship 2021
The Hedge Laying Association of Ireland will host the 2021 All-Ireland Hedge Laying Championship on 2nd October, 9am – 4pm on a working farm at Tinnamuck, Co. Offaly.  The championship presents an opportunity to learn about the benefits of, and how to best preserve and nourish our hedgerows to help both our biodiversity and carbon management. Its also a great day out for the family. This is a free event. Further details available at https://hedgelaying.ie/index.php/2021/04/02/all-ireland-hedge-laying-championship-2021/

Farming for Nature Ambassadors 2021
Farming for Nature have announced the 23 wonderful Farming For Nature Ambassadors for 2021. Nominated by environmental specialists across Ireland, they were interviewed and shortlisted by the FFN team and approved for selection by their panel of judges. The public voting closes 22nd October 2021.  To find out more about the ambassadors and how to vote go to https://www.farmingfornature.ie/awards/voting/?fbclid=IwAR2dm0wyyZIw2U56PE9wZAEghAr5vrI6l5onVSx-tNgcC8rdWK0YVtcsfbM