Heritage News & Events 13.5.22

Heritage for the past, present and future
National Heritage Week 2022 will take place from Sat 13th to Sun 21st August with the return of in-person events as well as continuing to showcase digital heritage projects, which proved so popular over the last two years, and is all about engaging with heritage to create a more resilient world, in particular exploring sustainability and biodiversity. Further information and for some things to consider when planning your project go to  https://www.heritageweek.ie/news/national-heritage-week-2022

Memory and Oral History Conference
The Oral History Network of Ireland (OHNI), in conjunction with Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI) will host their 2022 in person annual conference on Fri 1st and Sat 2nd July in Maynooth University with keynote speaker Professor Guy Beiner. This year’s theme is Memory and Oral History. Registration is not available as yet but invite the submission of papers for the conference. Further details available at https://oralhistorynetworkireland.ie/2022-conference

Architectural Outdoor Guided Tour of Kilkenny Castle – please note
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Architectural Outdoor Guided Tour of Kilkenny Castle on 18th May has been cancelled. To find out more information about the other available dates go to https://kilkennycastle.ie/event/bealtaine-festival-architectural-outdoor-guided-tour-of-kilkenny-castle/?instance_id=1565

Biodiversity Week 2022
National Biodiversity Week takes place from 13th – 22nd May. Explore the rich variety of life in Ireland with a host of wonderful events and activities for the whole family. Events in Kilkenny include Dawn and Dusk Chorus Walks, and Bat Walks. See https://biodiversityweek.ie/

Discover the 5 B’s of Biodiversity workshops
Kilkenny Castle will host the 5 B’s of Biodiversity workshops in Kilkenny Castle for Biodiversity Week on Sunday 22nd May which will be facilitated by Dale Treadwell of Naturally Wild. Free events but registration is required. Further details available at https://kilkennycastle.ie/event/biodiversity-workshop-for-children/?instance_id=1584

Small Actions that have a Big Impact on Climate Change
Volunteer Kilkenny will host a free environmental focused online event on Monday 16th May from 10-11.30am. Gráinne Kennedy, 3 Counties Energy Agency, will walk participants through some practical steps they can take in their everyday lives to save energy and conserve our environment. Further details/booking at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/small-actions-that-have-a-big-impact-on-climate-change-tickets-326410461477?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

St. Lachtain’s Church and Doorway lecture
Féile Lachtain 2022 will continue with a lecture on St. Lachtain’s Church and Doorway, with speakers Ms. Margaret Quinlan, RIAI and Dr Rachel Moss, Trinity College on Friday 20th May @7pm in St. Lachtain’s Church of Ireland.

 New Strategic Action Plan for National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS)
Ministers O’Brien and Noonan recently published a new Strategic Action Plan for the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) which sets out an ambitious timeline for a full organisational restructuring of the NPWS and a substantial €55 million additional investment in the organisation together with the early recruitment of 60 key staff for critically important roles. Further details available at https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/04792-ministers-announce-ambitious-new-strategic-action-plan-for-the-national-parks-and-wildlife-service/

Traditional Building Skills Training opportunity
The Irish Georgian Society have announced The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme 2022, a partnership between The Prince’s Foundation, the Historic Environment Division, Northern Ireland and The Heritage Council. A fully-funded programme, it supports those working in the construction sector to push their skills to the next level and continue on their journey to becoming the next generation of master craftspeople. Closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon, Monday 23rd May 2022.  Further details/application criteria available at https://princes-foundation.org/education/all-ireland-programme

Creative Schools 2022
The Arts Council’s Creative Schools 2022 welcomes applications from schools and Youthreach centres to join this programme with the purpose of putting the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. They will host online information clinics about Creative Schools and how to apply. Closing date for receipt of online applications is 5.30pm Thursday 2nd June 2022.  Further details on the programme/booking details for the clinic available at https://www.artscouncil.ie/creative-schools/schools-opportunities/

KCETB Community Arts & Culture Grant 2022
Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (KCETB) invite applications form community providers/groups, for funding through their Community Arts and Culture Grant and will support local community providers/groups across Kilkenny and Carlow to connect and engage with adults through the medium of Arts and Culture. For more information contact Ciara Byrne by email Ciara.byrne@kilkennycarlowetb.ie or by phone on 087 3597651.

 Traditional Building Skills Seminar
The Dept. of Heritage and Tourism, Atlantic Technological University (ATU), with funding by the Heritage Council Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2022, will host a free public seminar on Traditional Building Skills sector needs in Ireland at ATU, Galway City on Friday 3rd June and an off-site workshop demonstrating traditional skills at the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, on Saturday 4th June.  Further details/booking at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/traditional-skills-building-a-sustainable-sector-tickets-329566832267