Heritage News & Events 20.1.22

Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2022 open for applications
The Heritage Council have announced the opening of their Community Grant Scheme 2022 and have allocated in the region of €1.5 million to the scheme. The aim of this scheme is to support capital projects that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites; that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections, or objects (including buildings). Closing date for receipt of online applications is 5pm Wednesday 16th February 2022. Online applications at https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/funding/community-heritage-grant-scheme-2022 If you’ve got an idea for a project or would like help with an application, please contact the Kilkenny Heritage Officer in good time. heritage@kilkennycoco.ie    The Heritage Council will host a Zoom Information Clinic Webinar about the scheme  and application process  today Thursday 20th January and registration for this webinar is at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YiXd7X1vRHWa8zpUu5pqNA

The Reburial of Jackie Brett (photo courtesy of Kevin Hughes)

Decade of Centenaries Grant Scheme 2022 reminder
Just a reminder that the Kilkenny Decade of Centenaries Grant Scheme 2022 is now open and applications are invited from heritage societies, local historians, communities and artists who wish to commemorate events which happened in Co. Kilkenny in 1922. Closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm Friday 18th February. Application forms and grant criteria available at https://kilkennyheritage.ie/2022/01/kilkenny-county-council-decade-of-centenaries-grant-scheme-2022/

Creative Ireland & Cruinniú na nÓg Grant Scheme 2022
Kilkenny County Council will be inviting applications for Creative Ireland & Cruinniú na nÓg Grant Scheme 2022 in the coming weeks. So now is the time to formulate ideas and plans for your projects. To support you we have put together this information to help you in preparing to apply for a grant. How to Achieve Success in Funding video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwOY72F7Oz4&t=3s  More information at


 Irish Garden Bird Survey continues
The Irish Garden Bird Survey continues until the end of February and Birdwatch Ireland are asking members of the public to keep note of the highest number of each bird species visiting their garden every week up until the end of February. We support this great initiative and encourage Kilkenny citizens to help with this survey. Please send your garden bird records online, by email or by post to Birdwatch Ireland. https://birdwatchireland.ie/our-work/surveys-research/research-surveys/irish-garden-bird-survey/?nowprocket=1

Kilkenny’s Orphan Girls online event
MacDonagh Junction will host their previously postponed Heritage Week online free event titled Kilkenny’s Orphan Girls, presented by historian, archivist and genealogist Dr Perry McIntyre, on Thursday 27th January @11am.  87 young women left Kilkenny between June 1848 and April 1850 during the Irish Famine bound for Australia.  Dr McIntyre will tell us about these girls and focus on the lives of a few of the Kilkenny girls in Australia. Free event but registration is required. Email info@macdonaghjunction.com   Further information available at https://macdonaghjunction.com/kilkennys-orphan-girls-presented-by-dr-perry-mcintyre/

The Heritage Council Lego exhibition at Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum
In December 2021 The Heritage Council called on children across the country to get creative and showcase an element of Irish built, natural or cultural heritage using Lego bricks. The winning entries are now on display in the Medieval Mile Museum in a special exhibition that runs until 30th January so why not check it out if you’re in town. To coincide with the exhibition the Heritage Council have kindly agreed to give us a copy of competition judge Jessica Farrell’s book, How to Build Lego Houses, for a quiz prize.

Question:  What date does International LEGO Day fall on?  Email heritage@kilkennycoco.ie with your answer. Closing date for receipt of entries is 26th January.

GLAS Traditional Farm Building Grant Scheme 2022
The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, will open their GLAS Traditional Farm Building Grant Scheme 2022 for online applications on Friday 21st January.  The principal objective of this grant scheme is to ensure that traditional farm buildings and other related structures that contribute to the character of the landscape and are of significant heritage value are conserved for active agricultural use.  Closing date for receipt of completed online applications is 5pm Tuesday 22nd February 2022. Online applications/grant criteria at https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/projects/traditional-farm-buildings-grant-scheme The Heritage Council will host a short information webinar for GLAS participants interested in applying for the 2022 grant scheme on Thursday 27th January @12pm. Free event but registration is required at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvceCpqDopEtb3RS9fZM9kbDvT7jvum9Xj

Water Forum Webinar online
The Water Forum will host a free online webinar, titled Public Participation in Catchment Management, on Thursday 3rd February from 10am-12.30pm. Ireland has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and this webinar will discuss how the gap might be bridged between national policies and plans and the desire among citizens to deliver outcomes for the natural environment.  Programme details/online registration at https://crowdcomms-ltd.reg.crowdcomms.com/water-forum-river-basin-management-plan-webinar