National Heritage Week 2016 – People and Places

National Heritage Week will take place from Saturday (August 20th) until Sunday (August 28th) and there is a host of interesting activities and events taking place throughout the county and the region.

   This year’s theme is ‘One Hundred Years of Heritage.’ Over twenty-five community groups, organisations and individuals have organised more than 100 events around Co. Roscommon to celebrate the rich and diverse heritage that is there for us all to enjoy.

  Events range from lectures, launches, nature walks, archaeology site visits, visits to historic houses and gardens, music and song to family fun days. 

 Many of the events are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in communities all around county Roscommon to care for and promote our built, natural and cultural heritage.

  Nollaig Feeney, Heritage Officer, Roscommon County Council says: “Events are taking place from the north to the very south of the county, so no matter where you live there should be a Heritage Week event on near you!

  There is lots to do for all ages and all the family during National Heritage Week and best of all most of it is free, so enjoy the week.”

  Here at the Roscommon People, we’ve picked our daily highlights from a jam-packed schedule, to give you ideas on how to plan a busy week!

  Starting this Saturday, Lough Key Forest and Activity Park will play host to a free archaeological activity for children from 11 am to 5 pm. Then on Sunday (21st), at 3 pm in Castlecoote House, there’s a ‘Celebration of the Harp’ – harpist Teresa O’Donnell will perform music by Carolan, Moore, Percy French and classical and contemporary music.

  Following a busy weekend, visit Elphin on Monday where between 10 am and 3 pm all week you can view an 18th century working windmill. On Tuesday (23rd) and all week, the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre in Tulsk will play host to a collection of works by Wexford artist, Matt Doyle.

  On Wednesday (24th), in Clonalis House there’s 100 years of Farming at Clonalis. In Keadue, on Thursday, 25th at 9 pm in the Harp and Shamrock Bar, the local Development Association present a County House Dance and more with music supplied by local musicians.

  On Friday, 26th starting at 8.30 pm at Roscommon Castle, Roscommon Tidy Towns host a ‘Bat Talk’. On Saturday, 27th from 10 am to 3 pm, the King House grounds play host to ‘Boyle – Centenary Celebration 100 years of Heritage and Culture’. To round off a busy week, take a trip to Lecarrow next Sunday (28th) where at 5 pm at St. John’s Community Centre, St. John’s Parish Heritage Group will plant a ‘1916 Commemoration Oak Tree’ and create a ‘2016 Time Capsule’ followed by a 1916 remembrance concert.

  Of course there are plenty of other events taking place right across the county so to find out more check out www.heritageweek.ie or call 1850 200 878. You can also follow Heritage Week on social media and pick up event guides at local libraries and at Aras an Chontae (Roscommon Civic Offices).