Heritage News & Events 26.5.22

National Heritage Week 2022
Heritage Week 2022 takes place 13th-21st August this year. You can start uploading your events/projects to the Heritage Week website from 15th June and all events etc must be uploaded by 23rd August.    If you want some tips for getting started with your heritage project this year go to  https://www.heritageweek.ie/news/tips-for-getting-started-with-your-heritage-project-2

€48,000 for biodiversity and invasive species projects
Kilkenny County Council has received €48,000 from the National Parks and Wildlife Service to undertake six biodiversity and invasive species management projects.  The projects include actions to protect swifts and barn owls; identifying biodiversity and pollinator corridors; supporting communities to protect pollinators; and control of invasive species at Silaire Wood and Woodstock Gardens & Estate. The projects are funded under the Local Biodiversity Action Fund 2022 and will be managed by the Heritage Office and Parks Department. We’ll circulate further details in the coming weeks, including ways that people can get involved as citizen scientists.

Irish Sign Language Tours at Kilkenny Castle
As part of the OPW programme of Irish Sign Language tours at Heritage sites around the country, Kilkenny Castle is offering free ISL tours on selected dates. The next such date is 3rd June @3.30 -4.30pm (followed by Friday 2nd September and Thursday 6th October) with their experienced guide accompanied by an ISL interpreter. The tours are free of charge but places are limited so participants are asked to book early by emailing kilkennycastleinfo@opw.ie  Further details available at https://kilkennycastle.ie/calendar/

Members Annual Garden Party
Kilkenny Archaeological Society will host their member’s Annual Garden Party on Saturday 18th June from 3-5pm in the splendidly restored medieval garden of Rothe House with music, re-enactment, convivial conversation and strawberries and cream.  The theme will be the John Rothe family.  For further details contact reception@rothehouse.com

Help our Pollinators
One third of our bee species is threatened with extinction from Ireland. This is because we have drastically reduced the amount of food (flowers) and safe nesting sites in our landscapes. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is about all of us, from farmers to local authorities, to schools, gardeners and businesses, coming together to try to create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive. To find out what your garden, local community, school, business or farmland can do to help our pollinators go to https://pollinators.ie/

Solitary Bee (photo courtesy of National Biodiversity Data Centre)

Military Service (1916-1923) material released
Minister Coveney recently announced the latest release of records from the Military Service (1916-1923) and it comprises of over 3,450 files representing records relating to over 1,400 individuals. Similar to the last release, the majority of entries relate to women applicants under the Military Services Pensions Act 1924 & 1934 and the Army Pensions Acts. To access these records go to https://www.militaryarchives.ie/en/home/