Heritage News & Events 12.1.23

New Heritage Officer appointed
Our new heritage officer, Regina Fitzpatrick, joined us this week. We welcome Regina and wish her the best of luck in her new position.

I’m delighted to have the opportunity to serve as Heritage Officer for County Kilkenny. I would like to thank Dearbhala Ledwidge who has developed an excellent Heritage Service in the county. I look forward to continuing her good work with individuals, communities, organisations and all who seek to safeguard and promote our rich heritage for future generations.

 Community Monuments Fund 2023
The Community Monuments Fund is now open for applications for 2023. This grant scheme is for the conservation, maintenance, protection and promotion of archaeological monuments and is funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. Closing date for receipt of applications to Kilkenny County Council is 1st February 2023. Applications and queries to heritage@kilkennycoco.ie Application forms and funding criteria available at https://kilkennyheritage.ie/2023/01/community-monuments-fund-2023-open-for-applicaitons/

Clomantagh Church received funding for repairs under the 2022 Community Monuments Fund grants

World Wetlands Day 2023
World Wetlands Day is on Thursday 2nd Feb 2022. Why not organise an event or a project about wetlands in your area?  Register your project with the hundreds of others taking place around the world. Wetlands restoration is the focus of this years’ campaign – highlighting the urgent need to prioritise wetland restoration.  Projects can take place on 2nd Feb, or the weekend before/after. Details at https://www.worldwetlandsday.org/en/events

14th Century Pottery Making site at Highhays Kilkenny lecture
Kilkenny Archaeological Society will host a lecture titled A fourteenth-century pottery-making site at Highhays, Kilkenny, by Cóilín Driscéoil, on Wed. 15th Feb @8pm in Rothe House, Parliament St, Kilkenny.         Admission: Members €8, non-members €10.  Further details https://kilkennyarchaeologicalsociety.ie/

Please help the Garden Bird Survey
Birdwatch Ireland are asking members of the public to keep note of the highest number of each bird species visiting their garden every week between now and 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.   Further details available at https://birdwatchireland.ie/our-work/surveys-research/research-surveys/irish-garden-bird-survey/