Shannon Heritage announces an exciting line-up of free events for Culture Night 2019
Returning for its fourteenth year, Culture Night 2019 will take place on Friday September 20th
and Shannon Group’s tourist attractions company, Shannon Heritage is delighted to announce a fantastic line-up of events that are set to take place at a number of its locations throughout Ireland. Culture Night will see venues and public spaces across Ireland open its doors to host a programme of free late-night entertainment, as part of an all-island celebration of arts, heritage and culture.
In Dublin, the GPO Witness History Museum
located in the heart of O’Connell Street will be opening its doors free of charge. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn all about the events that have shaped Ireland’s history from the late 19th century to modern times with a particular emphasis on the 1916 Easter Rising, the Irish War of Independence, the Irish Civil War and the peace process in Northern Ireland.
GPO Witness History uses timelines, touchscreens, film and artefacts to explore Ireland’s history. To celebrate Culture Night there will also be an oration of The Proclamation of the Republic every 30 minutes in the courtyard of this iconic building. .
Culture Night is also the perfect chance to experience the recently rejuvenated Newbridge House & Farm in Donabate, Co. Dublin
. The house dates back to 1747 when it was built for the then Archbishop of Dublin, Charles Cobbe. Evening tour guides at Newbridge House and Farm will take you through three centuries of Irish history as you enjoy some of the finest examples of Georgian period Irish architecture.
The interiors of Newbridge House are amongst the best preserved in Ireland and fine examples of Irish craftsmanship can be seen throughout the house. The Cobbe Cabinet of Curiosities is a treat for all ages and downstairs, the servant’s quarters and historic Georgian kitchen will all be open to allow visitors to imagine the hectic workload involved in running a house of this size (and witness the labour-saving devices of the past!).
At Malahide Castle & Gardens
a unique taster tour experience has been created especially for Culture Night! This is not just a tour of the Castle; this is a trip through time that will give visitors an extraordinary glimpse into life and times during the 800 years that the Talbot family resided there - right up until 1975.
Visitors can learn all about the Talbot family and the historical events that shaped their lives, explore the private rooms, furniture and art collections while hearing tales of battles and banquets from the castle’s expert guides.
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park in Co. Clare
will also open its doors to the public free of charge from 5pm. As part of the evening’s celebrations, the wonderful evening entertainments team will perform a series of 30 minute performances. Visitors can sit back and enjoy the best in Irish music, dance and song from some of the region’s most talented artists. Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment! The entire Folk Park will remain open on Culture Night until 8pm, including Pa’s Pet Farm, the Viking playground and the newly redeveloped fairy trail.
Bunratty Castle and Malahide Castle won’t be the only castles to ‘throw down its drawbridge’ for free to the public on Culture Night. King John’s Castle
in Limerick will also play host to the wonderful Shannon Gospel Choir who will perform a very special outdoor concert in the courtyard from 7pm - 8pm. Having celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year, the Shannon Gospel Choir is widely known for its contemporary style. With the castle’s dramatic courtyard acting as a stunning backdrop, this promises to be a performance to remember.
On the night visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the castle’s visitor centre complete with state of the art interpretive activities and exhibitions including 21st century touch screen technology, 3D models and discovery drawers that will connect you to tales of siege and warfare. You can even climb the castle towers and take in stunning views across Limerick City and the River Shannon.
Niall O’Callaghan, Managing Director of Shannon Heritage said: “We are delighted to have such a comprehensive line-up of events at a number of our attractions for Culture Night this year. This is a great opportunity to see some incredible and historical attractions free of charge on what is a special evening in the year and a chance to celebrate Ireland’s arts, heritage and culture.”