Heritage News & Events 6.10.21

Black Friars Arch is being repaired
Black Friars Arch, built in the 13th century as part of the medieval walls of Kilkenny City, is being repaired by Kilkenny County Council. It’s the only remaining former entrance to the walled city of Kilkenny, and takes its name from the Friars of the nearby Black Abbey. The conservation and repair works are funded by Kilkenny County Council and the Irish Walled Towns Network/The Heritage Council.

Heritage radio show wins Silver IMRO Award!
The History Fix radio series about Kilkenny’s history and heritage won Silver at the IMRO Radio Awards on 1st Oct. 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. Congratulations to Mary Ann Vaughan and Monica Hayes KCLR. We’re delighted with the success of the show and feedback from the public. https://kclr96fm.com/the-history-fix/

Big or small, from a tomb to a castle….
The Heritage Council is looking for new groups to join its Adopt A Monument Programme and to adopt a monument in their locality. Applications are now open for its Adopt a Monument scheme which offers communities a way of promoting pride in our past and opportunities to develop and understand the story of their locality. Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm Tuesday 2nd November 2021. Further details/application process https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/news/news-features/call-for-adopt-a-monument-participants

“A Woman’s Culm”
“A Woman’s Culm”, a film which commemorates rural women and the importance they played during the 1920s, will be launched on Saturday 23rd Oct from 5 -9pm in Coon Hall, Coon, Co. Kilkenny. The film was created and produced by Kilkenny Artist Pauline O’Connell, working with Coon Heritage Group, and captures the blistering sore task of making ‘culm’ by hand while men were working in the coal mines or away fighting. The film was funded by the Kilkenny County Council Decade of Centenaries programme, with funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. https://www.facebook.com/kilkenny.heritage/

Abbey Quarter – A look behind the scenes
Would you like a behind the scenes look at what’s involved in preparing a conservation management plan for the Abbey Quarter? Listen back to a special feature on “The History Fix” radio series including interviews with Project Manager Tony Lauhoff, and the other engineers, conservation architects, archaeologists and ecologists. The Plan, co-funded by Kilkenny County Council and the Community Monuments Fund 2021, will guide the future conservation, maintenance and presentation of St. Francis Abbey, Evan’s Turret, the city wall, and St. Francis Holy Well.

Tidy Towns show their support for pollinators
Seven Tidy Towns groups from Kilkenny entered the Local Authority Pollinator Award in the national Tidy Towns competition (Coon, Castlecomer, Kells, Inistioge, Freshford, Tullahought, and Windgap). Results will be announced in Nov. This special award is a joint initiative of local authority Heritage Officers, Biodiversity Officers, and the National Biodiversity Data Centre. Best of luck to all the groups!

Help map Kilkenny’s actions for Pollinators
If you or your community has undertaken any actions to help support pollinators in Kilkenny please log them on https://pollinators.biodiversityireland.ie/ (there’s a short video to show how). This will help us record all the great work in Kilkenny to support pollinators. If you ‘ve any queries please email the heritage office heritage@kilkennycoco.ie

Tackling the climate crisis with Innovation
Kilkenny County Councils Environment Section, in partnership with Elaine Butler for October Reuse month, will host their 2nd virtual talk, titled Tackling the climate crisis with Innovation, on Tuesday 12th October @8pm. Technology will not single-handedly save us from the climate crisis but it can help us achieve our goal of becoming net zero. Booking via Eventbrite

Kilkenny Day – don’t forget!
Just a reminder that Kilkenny Day takes place on Sunday 10th October with music events, food and craft markets and something for everyone in the family. To check out the full programme go to https://kilkenny.ie/festivals-kilkenny/kilkenny-day/ or https://www.facebook.com/KilkennyDay/

“Our Stories through Objects”
The Butler Gallery in collaboration with the Fr. McGrath Family Resource Centre and Kilkenny Adult Learning Service (KCETB) have developed a project in which people who have migrated or had to seek refugee status in Ireland tell their stories through personal objects. The project was funded under the Kilkenny Creative Ireland programme 2021 (Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media) and was exhibited from July 22 – Sep 17 in the Butler Gallery. View these heartfelt stories and objects at https://heyzine.com/flip-book/41256b0ead.html#page/3

Environment Ireland conference
Environment Ireland will host their 2-day conference on 18th-19th January, 2022 in Croke Park, Dublin and will feature a range of focused sessions highlighting the pressing issues facing the environment in Ireland and further field. Full programme, registration and cost details available at https://www.environmentireland.ie/

Burren Winterage Weekend
BurrenBeo Trust will host the Burren Winterage School on 20th-24th October in Kinvara, Co. Galway with a mixture of online and face to face events. Free events but registration/booking is required. Full programme available at https://www.burrenwinterage.com