National Heritage Week with Shannon Heritage

17th to 25th August
National Heritage Week with Shannon Heritage

Shannon Heritage is delighted to partake in Heritage Week 2019 which runs from 17th to 25th August and is a celebration of all things heritage related.

Heritage Week brings together communities and cultural institutions, academics and enthusiasts, to build awareness about the value of heritage and support its conservation.

At Bunratty Castle and Folk we have a number of exciting events and activities taking place every day throughout Heritage Week to appeal to all ages. From traditional storytelling with renowned and much lover story teller Eddie Lenihan to our Bugs, Bees and Fairies event which will take fairies and elves of all ages on a magical, mystery tour  through our charming new fairy trail experience and enchanting regency walled garden. Meanwhile at the woodland wonderland that is Craggaunowen visitors can enjoy Textile and Spinning Demonstrations while King Johns Castle will play host to a majestic musical performance by the singers, musicians and dancers of Shannon Heritage’s Irish Evening.
An Afternoon of Storytelling with Seanchaí Eddie Lenihan

Sunday 18th August from 2pm – Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

For those who like a good yarn pop along to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on Sunday August 18th as Irish author, storyteller, lecturer and broadcaster, Eddie Lenihan will bring his unique style of storytelling and wit to the iconic Co Clare venue in celebration of Heritage Week.

Lenihan, particularly well known for his tales of Irish folk heroes, fairies, fallen angels, and other supernatural beings as recorded in Irish mythology and folklore is guaranteed to entertain and enthral visitors of all ages with his colourful tales and entertaining demeanour.

Renowned as called "one of the greatest of Irish story-tellers of all time" and "a national treasure", Eddie is one of only a few practicing seanchaíthe remaining in Ireland today making this one afternoon not to be missed.

Normal Admission Rates Apply – members free
Wild Child Day – Bugs, Bees and Fairies

Wednesday 21st of August – Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

In celebration of Wild Child Day children of all ages are invited to come along and explore the newly redeveloped magical, mystical Fairy Trail and regency garden at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park under the watchful eye of the Queen of the Fairies who resides in these fair woods! On the day children are invited to partake in a unique fairy door painting workshop and in the construction of Bunratty’s very own bug hotel!

Normal Admission Rates Apply – members free

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An evening of Irish Song, Music and Dance with Shannon Heritage Entertainers

Thursday 22nd of August – 6.30pm-9pm - King Johns Castle

King Johns Castle will celebrate Heritage Week with a live performance of Irish Song, Music and dance by the world famous Bunratty Irish Night entertainers. This magical performance will take spectators through the emotional story of Irish emigration and famine and how Irish music has influenced music throughout the world. Join us after work for a glass of wine for a wonderful evening of live entertainment in Limerick’s most iconic setting.

Admission Free on a first come, first served basis.

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Spinning and Textile Day

Sunday August 18th 11am-5pm - Craggaunowen – The Living Past Experience

Join us at Cragggaunowen for our annual Spinning and Textile Day. Bring along your own spinning wheel or drop spindle and experience taster sessions of spinning, weaving, crochet, Knitting and Sprang.
See our wild ways of working with wool at Craggaunowen with displays from Irish Fiber Crafters, Loophead Alpacas, Babble Yarns, Yur Wool, Kilfinane Arts & Crafts group. Other activities on the day include Tribal Drumming , Ogham Trail with Stefan our bronze age warrior and  ancient cooking practices at the Fullacht Fiadh

Normal Admission Rates Apply – members free

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Harp Recital on the shores of Galway Bay

Thursday 22nd August from 3pm – Dunguaire Castle

Dunguaire Castle will host a live recital of the Irish Harp on Thursday 22nd August from 3pm in celebration of Heritage Week 2019.

Enjoy the sweet sounds of this enchanting instrument as you explore Ireland's most picturesque & photographed castle on the shores of Galway Bay.

Normal Admission Rates Apply – members free

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Walks and Talks at Newbridge House and Farm

Saturday 17th August

Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate will be holding a day of talks and tours on Saturday 17 August from 11am. Visitors can also uncover rare specimens on a guided parkland walking tour and join the President of the Veterinary Council of Ireland for the fascinating story of the Irish Red Deer Herd at Newbridge House. A Fingal County Architect will also be discussing the plans for the conservation of the demesne. (Tickets: €5 per talk / The Future of Newbridge: Free to attend but advance booking is required).

Harp Recital with Nancy Hurrell

Friday 23rd at 7pm - Newbridge House and Farm

On Friday 23 August at 7pm acclaimed harpist, author and historian Nancy Hurrell will give a special talk on the Cobbe family harp legacy followed by an exclusive recital in the Middle Hall. (Tickets: €20 including light refreshments).

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‘Walk and Talk’

20th August at 10:30am and 22nd August at 1.30pm-  Malahide Castle and Gardens 

Malahide Castle and Gardens will be hosting a special ‘Walk and Talk’ with its gardeners on the 20th August at 10:30am and 22nd August at 1:30pm. Visitors can explore the magnificent Walled Garden and Butterfly House and learn all about the origins of the gardens, the rare species being cultivated and the history of the botanical collection. (Tickets: Adult: €7.50 / Senior/Student: €6).

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Tour Guide for a Day

17t & 23rd August at 1.30pm - GPO Witness History

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at being a tour guide? Well now you can put yourself to the test. On the 17th and 23rd August at 1:30pm GPO Witness History is giving visitors a special chance to be a tour guide for the afternoon! You can learn exactly what it takes to be a great tour guide! Each trainee will have the opportunity to talk about the handling collection on a special tour with the GPO Witness History guides and the other trainees.

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