Heritage Week 2017 – It’s in your nature!


Over 50 events in County Roscommon


National Heritage Week will take place between the 19th and 27th of August. Over 50 events around County Roscommon will celebrate our rich and diverse heritage.

  On Saturday, 26th and Sunday, 27th Arigna Mining Experience offer 20% off the admission rates. Also in Arigna the Finding the Homeplace Exhibition takes place on Tuesday 22nd from 1 pm-6 pm in The Miners Bar.

  On Saturday, 26th from 11 am-1 pm Mountallen Organic Farm will demonstrate how nature and farming can go hand in hand. In Keadue on Thursday, 24th at 9 pm in the Harp & Shamrock Bar, Keadue Development Association present a Country House Dance and More with local musicians. In Ballyfarnon on Saturday, 19th from 2 pm to 4 pm Ballyfarnon Community Enterprise Group Ltd./Carran Walkers Group will lead a guided walk.

  In Lough Key Forest & Activity Park on Saturday, 26th from 11 am to 5 pm Roscommon County Council host ‘Dig It’ – Free Archaeological Activity for Children’ with archaeologists Dr. Jim McKeon and Alan Healy.

  In Boyle all week King House has a 300 Years of History Museum – Connaught Rangers exhibition, President Mary McAleese collection, Maureen O’Sullivan exhibition, children activity sheets. On Saturday 19th and Saturday 26th a Heritage-style Farmers Market will be held in King House from 10 am to 2 pm. At 10 am there will be a ‘How to build a BUG hotel’ demonstration. At 11 am on both days there will be a tour of King House ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’ for ages 6-12 years. On Monday 21st from 11 am-12 pm there will be a Mighty Moths display with Micheal Bell of Nature Learn at King House. From 12 pm-1 pm, Michael will lead a Family Nature Walk. On Tuesday 22nd from 6.30 pm-7.30 pm Boyle Library presents the fascinating story of Thomas Higgins, who emigrated from Boyle to the US in the 1840’s. On Wednesday 23rd, from 2.30 pm-4.30 pm, take a trip down memory lane as Boyle Library hosts an afternoon of story and songs of Delia Murphy. On Saturday 26th from 12 pm-4.30 pm Úna Bhan Tourism will lead a tour of ‘Lough Gara Lakes & Legends.’

  In Frenchpark on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th from 2 pm-5 pm in the Dr. Douglas Hyde Interpretative Centre there is an exhibition on Dr. Douglas Hyde. In Ballaghaderreen all week visit an exhibition on the Geology of Co. Roscommon – karst, turloughs and eskers. In Elphin all week from 11 am-4 pm at Elphin Windmill, visitors can see how our forefathers converted wheat, barley and oats into flour.

  In Castlerea on Wednesday 23rd, ‘Wild Child Day’, from 12 pm-4 pm there will be an Elf & Fairy-spotting Expedition at the Fairy Village, The Demesne. On Friday 25th from 7.30 pm-9.30 pm the Professor Michael Herity Memorial Lecture will take place in Rathcroghan Visitor Centre. In Strokestown on Saturday 19th from 11 am-1 pm Strokestown Park and Strokestown Poetry Festival host an Orienteering Meets Poetry event.

  On Wednesday 23rd from 12.30 pm-1.30 pm in Strokestown Park there’s a tour of the Hidden 17th Century Chapel. On Saturday 26th from 10.30 am-5 pm meet at the Woodland Walk cafe and gift shop for free entry to the Walled Pleasure Garden. Also, visit the Horned Women Trail along the 1km woodland walk in the Park. On Tuesday 22nd from 10 am-12 pm at Strokestown Branch Library, fibre artist Frances Crowe will teach children how to weave a table mat. On Saturday 26th at 10.30 am-4 pm and on Sunday 27th from 11 am-4 pm there will be an exhibition of energy medicine and dry stone walling at Connors Cottage Retreat, Kinnity, Four Mile House.

  In Roscommon on Saturday 19th from 12 pm-1.30 pm join Gary Dempsey and Orla Power of Digital Heritage Age outside Roscommon Museum for guided walk/talk around Roscommon town. On Tuesday 22nd from 2 pm-4 pm at Roscommon County Library, fibre artist Frances Crowe will teach children how to weave a table mat. On Tuesday 22nd from 2 pm-7 pm at Roscommon County Library, Eilish Feeley, Genealogist, Irish Clann Connections, will help you to ‘Dig Up Your Roots’ with a free personal geneology advice session.

  On Tuesday 22nd from 3.30 pm-5 pm Roscommon Town Team will lead a Heritage Tour of Roscommon town, starting at the Museum. On Wednesday 23rd at 3.30 pm in Roscommon Library, Roscommon County Council host Folklore & Oral History Recordings on Roscommon Media Archive 2006-2016. On Thursday 24th from 10 am-4 pm at Roscommon County Library the Library Service and Tom Flanagan host the Fr. Flanagan and Boystown Conference.

  On Friday 25th from 3 pm-5 pm visit the Digbys of Drumdaff House Archive at Roscommon County Library. On Saturday 26th from 10 am-11 am the Co. Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society hold a Foraging Through the Ages workshop at Roscommon Library.

  On Friday 26th from 8 pm-10 pm at Roscommon Castle, Roscommon Tidy Towns host a Bat Talk. In Mote Park on Saturday 26th from 11.30 am-12.30 pm and 3 pm-4 pm meet at the main forest entrance where County Roscommon Historical & Archaeological Society will hold a Foraging Walk.

  In Kilteevan on Saturday 19th from 12.30 pm-2 pm in Kilteevan Graveyard, Kilteevan Graveyard Committee host Kilteevan Graveyard Miscellany. On Thursday 24th from 9 pm-11 pm there will be a Bat Talk and Walk at Kilteevan Community Centre. All week from 3 pm-5 pm Castlecoote House invite you to a Tour and Tea. On Sunday 27th at 3 pm in Castlecoote House, there’s a Harp Recital with harpist Teresa O’Donnell. On Sunday 27th from 3 pm-5 pm the Suck Valley Development Co-op/Castlecoote Tidy Towns have organised a Looped Walk, starting at Castlecoote village.

  On Sunday 27th from 12 pm-5 pm in Athleague Angling & Heritage Centre, Athleague Fuerty Heritage Group host a Local History Exhibition. In Correal, Athleague on Sunday 27th James Moran Eco Art Productions hosts the Gerard James Celebration Bridge. In Rinn Duin/Rindoon on Saturday 26th from 3 pm-5.30 pm St John’s Parish Heritage Group host the Rindoon Loop/Castle Nature Walk. In Lecarrow on Sunday 20th from 10 am-11.30 am in St. John’s Wood Padraig Rocke, Birdwatch Ireland will take a Birdwatch Walk and Talk. On Wednesday 23rd from 11 am-1 pm at St. John’s Community Centre, join the National Parks and Wildlife Service for a Guided Walk of St. John’s Wood.

  In Kiltoom on Sunday 27th from 12 pm-5 pm on the L7553 local road, Bridie Leonard Feeney welcomes visitors to explore ‘Teach Luinín’, her traditional thatched cottage. In Curraghboy on Thursday 24th from 7.30 pm-9 pm at the Handball Complex Dysart Rural Men’s Group present the Tom Kelly Memorial Lecture. 

  On Sunday 27th from 3 pm-6 pm at Ballintleva Old National School, there’s a Nature Trail from Ballintleva to Lough Croan. On Tuesday 22nd from 8 pm-9.30 pm at Athlone Springs Hotel, Fred Carney of Monksland Town Team presents an illustrated talk on ‘Monksland 900 Years Ago’. On Sunday 20th from 12 pm-1 pm Taughmaconnell Historical & Heritage Group host ‘Exploring Taughmaconnell Old Church’. On Sunday 20th at 2 pm meeting at Taughmaconnell Community Centre, Bord na Mona host a Bog Restoration Walk.

  From Monday 21st to Friday 25th, 10 am-2.30 pm, visit Drum Heritage Centre for a guided tour. On Saturday 19th at 3.30 pm in Moore Hall, Lakeland, Ballydangan, Ballydangan Bog Red Grouse Project host their Open Day. On Sunday 27th from 2.30 pm-5.30 pm join Moore History Group for ‘A Walk Through Moore’s Past’, starting at Moore Church.

  See www.heritageweek.ie or call Callsave 1850-200878 as events may be subject to change. Booking advisable for many events.