KILDARE town is marking Heritage week with a rare book fair and a guided historical walk. The sixth county Kildare Book Fair will take place on Sunday 28 August between 12.30 and 4.30pm. This will be an opportunity for those interested in history and heritage as well as those who are interested in books and reading in general to visit a rare books fair outside of Dublin. It is being organised by the Kildare Collections and Research Services, Kildare County Library and Arts Service in conjunction with Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Kildare County Council and Lyonshill Books. According to Local Studies Librarian, Mario Corrigan, “there is an enormous interest in Dublin and other areas in this sort of event and after the success of the first five County Kildare Book Fairs 2006 - 2010 we in County Kildare are looking forward to the event. It is an ideal opportunity also for anyone who has not yet visited the Kildare Retail Outlet Village to come to the town and see what is on offer.”
The main event is free and people can pop in and browse the books on offer in Kildare Town Heritage Centre. “The idea is to encourage people to come to the town, visit Kildare Cathedral, climb the Round Tower, tour the National Stud and Japanese Gardens and shop at Kildare Village and thoroughly enjoy a day out in Kildare,” said Mario, who has published a Slí na Sláinte and Heritage Trail of Kildare Town. “We are anxious that people enjoy the experience that Kildare, the Heritage Town has to offer. We also offer a free Walking Tour of Kildare Town to White Abbey Graveyard starting at 1pm on the Market Square.”
Signed copies of Cill Dara Historical Society’s ‘Druim Criaig – The Ridge of Clay,’ and other local publications, will be available on the day in Kildare Heritage Centre.