Top picks for Kildare Heritage Week

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Leader reporter


Leader reporter

Top picks for Kildare Heritage Week

At the Donadea Forest birdwatching event during last year's Heritage Week

Heritage Week 2016 continues this week and runs until Sunday coming, August 28.

It is an opportunity celebrate Kildare’s rich and varied heritage and everyone is invited to come out and get involved and most events are free, said Bridget Loughlin, County Kildare Heritage Officer.

The week is part of a European-wide initiative with the express aims of fostering awareness of Ireland’s built, natural and cultural heritage, thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation and increasing interest in shared heritage.

A hundred events have been taking place since last weekend, many of which are organised by history, heritage and tidy towns groups to showcase their local heritage,” said Ms Loughlin, who commended community and heritage groups for their enthusiasm and energy during heritage week each year.

The theme of this year’s celebration focuses on life a hundred years ago, to commemorate the 1916 Rising.

Here's some of our top picks for events still to come this week.

For the full programme, see

Irish Military Vehicles Group History Display

Display of collection of military artefacts and uniforms covering 1916 and The Battle of the Somme, at Monasterevin Library on Thursday, August 25 from 2pm to 5pm. Call 086 9294442 for more information.

Learn about boxty

Demonstration of Boxty making with tastings and ideas for using in a modern menu. Takes place during regular weekly market at Friary Hall, Kildare town, on Thursday, August 25 from 11am to 12pm.

Local dormice

An informative talk on the status of the hazel dormouse which has been found in County Kildare in the last couple of years, at the Town House Hotel on Thursday, August 25, from 8pm to 9.30pm. Admission free.

1348 – A Medieval Apocalypse

Explore the greatest killer in recorded history – the Black Death and discover that within 12 months over one third of the population of Ireland had died. At Castledermot Community Library on Friday, August 26, from 7pm to 8pm. Admission free.

National Breed Show at Punchestown

This exhibition will showcase Ireland’s native breed of horse. An opportunity to see some of the best examples of the Irish Draughts compete both in hand and under saddle. Organised by Irish Draught Horse Breeders at Punchestown Racecourse. Admission: Adult: €5, Child: free. Saturday, August 27 from 10am to 6pm.

Children’s Walk in Donadea

A morning of children’s bird watching activities including a walk where we will see what birds we can identify. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. €5 car park fee but admission is free. Hosted by Kildare BirdWatch, at Donadea Forest Park on Sunday, August 10am to 12pm.

Curragh Local History Group Open Day & Lecture

Curragh Local History Group Open Day is a unique opportunity to visit the museum free of charge. Discover fascinating artefacts relating to the history of the Curragh Camp and many unique items. At the Old Band Hall, Curragh Camp, on Saturday, August 27 from 11am to 3pm.

Celebrating Irish Author Maura Laverty

Celebration of Rathangan born author Maura Laverty (1907- 1966). Enjoy the taste of her recipes and learn about her life and literary legacy. Organised by Rathangan Tidy Towns, Town Centre. Adm free, Sunday August 28, 12 to 2pm.