National Heritage Week with Shannon Heritage

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

Exciting line-up of events announced at seven top Irish tourist attractions to celebrate National Heritage Week.

Monday 12th August:  Shannon Group’s tourist experience and attractions company, Shannon Heritage, which operates Ireland’s largest commercial operator of tourist attractions, has announced a fantastic line-up of exciting events that will take place at all seven of its tourist attraction sites in Dublin, Clare, Limerick and Galway during National Heritage Week 2019 (from 17th to 25th August).
Attractions including Newbridge House & Farm, Malahide Castle, GPO Witness History, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, King John’s Castle, Craggaunowen, and Dunguaire Castle, will be celebrating its culture and heritage and you won’t want to miss it!
Starting in Dublin, the recently re-launched 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). Then 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).
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).
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.
In Clare, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park have a jam packed line-up of events that is certain to entertain the entire family. On Sunday 18th August from 12pm there will be An Afternoon of Storytelling with Seanchaí Eddie Lenihan. Eddie is one of only a
few practicing seanchaíthe remaining in Ireland today and will be telling his tales of Irish folk heroes and fairies as recorded in Irish mythology, which is guaranteed to entertain and enthral visitors of all ages. Then on Wednesday 21st August in celebration of Wild Child Day children of all ages are invited to come along and explore the newly redeveloped magical Fairy Trail and regency walled garden under the watchful eye of the Queen of the Fairies! There will also be guided tours of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, a concert in Ardcroney Church performed by the world famous Bunratty Entertainers, Bodhrán Workshops and Animal Husbandry. (Tickets: Normal Admission Rates Apply – members free).
On Sunday 18th August from 11am - 5pm Craggaunowen will be holding its annual Spinning and Textile Day. Visitors can bring along their own spinning wheel or drop spindle and experience taster sessions of spinning, weaving, crochet, knitting and sprang. Visitors can see the different ways of working with wool with displays from Irish Fiber Crafters, Loop Head Alpacas, Babble Yarns, Yur Wool and the Kilfinane Arts & Crafts group. Other activities on the day include Tribal Drumming , Ogham Trail with Stefan a bronze age warrior and ancient cooking practices at the Fullacht Fiadh. (Normal Admission Rates Apply – members free).
An Evening of Irish Song, Music and Dance with the Shannon Heritage Entertainers
will take place at King John’s Castle in Limerick on Thursday 22nd of August from 6.30pm - 8pm. This magical performance will take the audience through the emotional story of Irish emigration and famine and how Irish music has influenced music throughout the world. (Admission to this event is free of charge with limited space available on a first come, first served basis.)
In Galway the 16th century tower house Dunguaire Castle will be hosting a harpist recital on the 22nd August from 3pm. You can enjoy the sweet melodies in the same surroundings where great literary figures such as W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, George Bernard Shaw, Edward Martin and J.M. Synge frequently met.
Niall O’Callaghan, Managing Director of Shannon Group’s tourism company, Shannon Heritage said: “We are delighted to have such a fantastic range of activities and events taking place at a number of our attractions to celebrate National Heritage Week. These family friendly events are the perfect ways for families to learn all about the history and heritage of these cultural attractions during what is certain to be a fun filled week.”
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Notes to Editors:
About Shannon Group plc
Shannon Group plc is a commercial semi-state company established on the 5th September 2014. The Group, which employs more than 600 people, operates and manages three companies: Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties and Shannon Heritage, and through its IASC brand promotes the growing aviation cluster at Shannon.
About Shannon Heritage:
Shannon Heritage, a Shannon Group plc company, is Ireland’s largest commercial operator of tourist attractions and experiences and was one of the first companies in Ireland to develop and run attractions and evening entertainments. Shannon Heritage employs up to 300 people in the peak tourist season at its portfolio of seven day visitor attractions and four evening entertainment experiences. Since 2012, total visitors to Shannon Heritage attractions have doubled, increasing from 460,000 in 2012 to 924,718 in 2018, up 4.3% on 2017 results. 
Shannon Heritage daytime visitor attractions:
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park; King John’s Castle; Craggaunowen; Dunguaire Castle; Malahide Castle & Gardens; GPO Witness History Visitor Centre and Newbridge House and Farm.
Evening Entertainments:
Shannon Heritage operate medieval banquets at Bunratty, Knappogue and Dunguaire Castles; a Traditional Irish Evening at Bunratty Folk Park.
National Heritage Week 2019:
National Heritage Week 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.