Heritage News & Events 31.3.22

Decade of Centenaries Grants Awarded
Films, audio drama, podcasts and public talks are just some of the projects awarded funding under the Kilkenny County Council Decade of Centenaries Programme to commemorate people and events in Kilkenny in 1922   https://kilkennyheritage.ie/2022/03/decade-of-centenaries-programme-2022/

Will you Pledge your Garden for Pollinators? 
Have you pledged your garden for pollinators yet? It’s so easy to do – a few simple actions can provide them with food and shelter, and put your garden on the pollinator map.
For advice and free brochures on how to garden for pollinators, and how to pledge your garden contact the Kilkenny County Council Heritage Office at heritage@kilkennycoco.ie and see www.pollinators.ie Let’s help Kilkenny’s bees and put our gardens on the map!

Become the ultimate Master Lego Builder
The OPW Kilkenny Castle will host a series of Bricks4Kidz STEM based workshops at the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle on Saturday 16th April as part of Tech Week.  The children will travel back in time to the Middle Ages and learn all about the Catapult and will then build their very own Lego Technic (robotic) Catapult model. They will roll out a separate workshop for Junior & Senior Infants where they will build 2D and 3D themed Lego models. Free events but registration is required. https://ie1.bricks4kidznow.com/profile.php?id=1485092

Laois Festival of Flight
The Laois Festival of Flight, celebrating the rich history of aviation and exploration in Laois, will take place from Thursday 7th – Sunday 10th April 2022 with a full programme of music events, arts and science workshops, history talks and films. For further details/bookings go to https://laois.ie/departments/heritage/history-of-laois/festival-of-flight/

The Role of Women in Medieval Ireland
OPW Kilkenny Castle, in partnership with New Ross Needlecraft Ltd (Board of the Ros Tapestry) will host a lecture titled The Role of Women in Medieval Ireland on 7th April @7.30pm (Tapestry viewing @7pm) and will examine the lesser known role of women in Medieval Ireland, some of whom are depicted in The Marriage of Isabel de Clare and William Marshal panel.  Free event but registration is required.  Further details at

 Stay up to date with Pollinator News
The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP) publish an email newsletter each month that identifies a pollinator action for us to consider, one of our native pollinator species to keep an eye out for, as well as a few key updates on activities within the AIPP from the previous month.   If you would like to receive this email go to https://pollinators.ie/newsletters/  to register.

Inside the Railings
The Decade of Centenaries programme, in partnership with the Beyond 2022 Research Programme, the National Archives of Ireland and the Court Services of Ireland, will host an online event titled Inside the Railings: A Portrait of Life within the Public Record Office of Ireland, on Thursday 14th April from 7-8.30pm.   It includes an evening of readings and pictures, live-streamed from the Appeal Court, the Four Courts, marking the centenary of the occupation of the Four Courts in April 1922. Free online event but registration is essential https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/inside-the-railings-life-within-the-public-record-office-of-ireland-registration-297013504387

Praeger Grants Scheme in Natural History open for applications
The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) have announced the opening of applications for their Praeger Grants Scheme in Natural History which encourages the promotion of field study of Ireland’s geology, flora and fauna. Closing date for receipt of applications is 14th April 2022.  For queries/grant criteria go to https://www.ria.ie/praeger-grants-natural-history