Heritage News & Events 9.3.23

Creative Communities Engagement Officer
Kilkenny County Council have opened applications for a Creative Communities Engagement Officer 5-year Specific Purpose Contract. A panel will be formed from which relevant future vacancies may be filled. Application forms and the recruitment guidance booklet can be accessed at  https://www.kilkennycoco.ie/eng/your_council/jobs-vacancies/vacancy-creative-communities-engagement-officer.html or https://submit.link/1CF   Closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm Thursday 23rd March 2023.

Don’t Mow – Let it Grow (and save petrol!)
A gentle reminder to reduce the number of times you mow your lawn this year. Not only will you save money, and help climate action, you’ll also help our bees, butterflies and other insects which need the nectar from native wildflowers like clover, birdsfoot trefoil and dandelions that grow in our lawns. To find out more contact the Heritage Office or see https://pollinators.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/grasscutting.pdf

Congratulations to Kevin Hughes of Wallslough Studios whose film, Dear Mother, has been selected to the second year of the Liverpool Indie and Barcelona Indie Awards Winter Season 2022/2023. This project was funded by the Kilkenny Decade of Centenaries Grants Programme in 2022 and tells a story about the tragic events that took place in the Military Barracks in Kilkenny on the night of 28th December 1922. To watch this 10-minute film go to https://youtu.be/8v9_4nlvo1k The Decade of Centenaries programme is managed by the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council and kindly funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.

Garden Talks at the Parade Tower
OPW Kilkenny Castle will commence a series of Garden Talks, as part of their Spring 2023 programme, at the Parade Tower on 21st March @8pm and will continue on 28th March, 18th April and 2nd/9th May.  These are free events and are on a first come first served basis. Further details available at https://kilkennycastle.ie/calendar/

All-Ireland Skills Programme bursaries available
The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme is a collaboration between The Prince’s Foundation, The Heritage Council and Department for Communities’ Historic Environment Division (HED). This year, eight bursaries are available for people already working or studying in heritage skills and the construction sector – in particular stonemasonry, carpentry, joinery, bricklaying, blacksmithing, plastering, thatching, roofing, tiling, painting, and decorating – and who would like to raise their skills to the next level. For more information see:  https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/news/news-features/irish-craftspeople-encouraged-to-carve-out-a-career-in-built-heritage

Citizen science kits available in Kilkenny Libraries
10 county library services including Kilkenny are making ecology equipment freely available for citizens looking to join the fight against biodiversity loss. The initiative, a partnership between Kilkenny County Library and the Heritage Council, is designed to assist an increasingly engaged public, many of whom are eager to contribute to the preservation of our biodiversity but who lack the tools to do so. It is expected that the kits will be used by students looking to conduct their own studies, amateur ecologists wishing to produce their own biodiversity action plans and by community groups such as Tidy Towns, River Trusts and Field Clubs who want to gather information to bolster local biodiversity projects. https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/news/news-features/citizen-science-kits-to-equip-people-to-tackle-biodiversity-loss