Heritage News & Events 28.4.22

Community Monuments Fund 2022
Kilkenny County Council has secured funding from the Dept of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to help conserve and protect three medieval churches and graveyards (Grangefertagh, Clomantagh, Dunkitt) under the Community Monuments fund 2022. The works, overseen by the Environment Section and Heritage Office, will help protect them from the impacts of climate change and keep them safe for current and future generations to access and appreciate. See https://kilkennyheritage.ie/2022/04/community-monuments-fund-2022-2/

Clomantagh Church

Civil War talk
South Kilkenny Historical Society will host a talk, by Pat McCarthy, titled The Civil War: Phase 1, 28th June to 11th August 1922, via zoom, on Thursday 28th April @8pm. Join via computer. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89511924025?pwd=ZFRrN1VQMTd1V1IzekpYK3lTbVpSZz09
Meeting ID: 895 1192 4025 Passcode: 551600 Dial-In Numbers 1 240 8941  1 536 9320

Lives of the last Marquesses of Ormonde outdoor talk
The lives of the last Marquesses of Ormonde span a period of over a hundred years, from 1870’s to 1970’s.  Seán Hackett, OPW, will host outdoor talks on 6th, 15th & 22nd May @ 10.30am to introduce the lesser known members of the Butler family and provide glimpses into their social world and changes in the family fortunes.  Appropriate clothes and sturdy footwear recommended and events are weather dependent. Free event but registration is required. See https://kilkennycastle.ie/event/bealtaine-festival-the-last-five-marquesses-of-ormonde-an-introduction/?instance_id=1586

Lives of the last Marquesses of Ormonde talk

Act Now for Nature
The National Biodiversity Conference will take place on 8th & 9th June 2022 in Dublin Castle with in-person and online events and is aimed at bringing together stakeholders from the public, private, NGO and academic sectors to share their experiences in protecting, conserving and restoring biodiversity and gathering insights to inform Ireland’s next National Biodiversity Action Plan, which opens for public consultation this summer.  Registration/ticket prices available at https://www.biodiversityconference.ie/.
Updates and advice on how you can input your views to the new National Biodiversity Action Plan will be posted as soon as they become available.

National Biodiversity Conference

Dusk Bat Walk
OPW Kilkenny Castle, in partnership with Bat Conservation Ireland, invite you to join them and explore the hidden world of Kilkenny Castle Park for their Dusk Bat Walk for adults on Monday 16th May from 9pm– 10.30pm.  In the company of Dr Tina Augheny, wander the grounds with bat detectors to eavesdrop on the wonderful hunting calls that bats make as they fly, with numerous bat species known to hunt along the River Nore in Kilkenny City.  Warm clothing and sturdy footwear recommended plus a small torch. Booking is required. To register contact kilkennycastleinfo@opw.ie

Kilkenny Castle

A Way with Words
Following a series of workshops with author Debbie Thomas, Windgap Community Development, with support/funding from Kilkenny County Council Arts Office and Poetry Ireland, have developed a Poetry Trail with poems by older and younger members of the community, which will remain in place along the Village Loop Walk throughout the coming summer.  Why not take a spin to Windgap to check out their Poetry Trail and treat yourself to some down time in their Lakeside Tea Rooms (pre-booking advised)

Watch and Listen back
Beyond 2022 events are available to watch or listen back to; Inside the Railings: A Portrait of Life within the Public Record Office of Ireland event which took place in the Four Courts, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao0QGm_NmKM&t=5450s   Dr Ciarán Wallace, Deputy Director of Beyond 2022 and Zoë Reid, Keeper at the National Archives, were interviewed on the RTÉ Radio 1 ‘History Show’ with Myles Dungan and this can be found at https://www.rte.ie/radio/radio1/the-history-show/programmes/2022/0424/1294067-the-history-show-sunday-24-april-2022/

Architectural Outdoor Guided Tour of Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle has been rebuilt, extended and adapted to suit changing circumstances and uses over 800 years. The OPW Kilkenny Castle will host outdoor guided architectural tours on 1st, 8th and 29th May @10.30am and 18th & 25th May @3.30pm with Peter Kenny, OPW, who will explore the visual features of Kilkenny Castle today.   Appropriate clothes and footwear recommended and events are weather dependent. Free event but registration is required.