Cavan County Heritage Office has arranged a fantastic array of events for National Heritage Week which takes place from 18th – 26th August. Most of the events are FREE. Find out how you can get involved…
National Heritage Week is held at the end of August every year to highlight the wide range of built, natural and cultural heritage that Ireland has to offer. Over 1,500 events will take place across the country this August. Although the programme of events is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council, they are organised and on a local level by Cavan Heritage Office.
Cavan Heritage Office has worked with a wide number of individuals and local organisations to bring the county’s heritage to life during National Heritage Week.
Some of its partners include Ian Elliott of Corravahan House and Anke Morgenroth of Bear Essentials. Corravahan House will be hosting a wide range of events throughout Heritage Week and Anke has organised a wildlife walk to Brackley Lake in Bawnboy.
This year will see a wonderfully diverse programme for all ages covering a broad range of subject areas. From exhibitions, art events, guided walks, hands-on family activities to specialist seminars, there really will be something for everyone.
The events are part-funded by The Heritage Council which means that virtually all of the events are free. The Heritage Council is a public body whose priorities are to support jobs, education and heritage tourism in local communities. The aim of National Heritage Week is to raise an awarenes of the diverse heritage that is on our doorstep, so that it can be enjoyed by all.
Cavan Heritage Office has worked with local organisations to devise a superb programme events for the week.
During the week there will be 25 events taking place across county Cavan in total. These will highlight the amazing work that is being carried out to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage in county Cavan.
Whether you’re interested in nature and wildlife, folklore, or historic buildings, National Heritage Week in County Cavan has something for you. Events are being hosted across the county so there’s no excuse for not getting involved! There are a range of engaging lecture and talks on a variety of subjects in local libraries, a couple of guided wildlife walks, tours of the historic Coravahan House in Drung, plus an opportunity to be the first to see conservation works at Bawnboy Workhouse. Some highlights of programme are below:
Saturday 18th August
2pm: ‘Bringing Archaeology To Life’. The School of Irish Archaeology bring an archaeological excavation to Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff to teach children the importance of their Irish heritage, culture and identity.
This is a free, family friendly event. To make a booking call 049 437 8600.
Sunday 19th August
2pm: Oilver Brady, Geopark Tour Guide will give a talk on Bawnboy Workhouse followed by a tour of the workhouse and the recent conservation works. This is the first time the workhouse has being open to the public since conservation works commenced. To make a booking call 049 437 8600. Admission is free.
Wednesday 22nd August
7.30pm: An evening stroll through the gardens and woodlands of Corravahan House, Corravahan, Drung, Co Cavan; a family event with Heather Bothwell and Tina Aughney. This is a free event, booking essential on 087 977 2224.
Friday 24th August
7pm: History Talk: ‘The Linen Trade in Cootehill’ By Patrick Cassidy at Cootehill Library, Bridge St, Cootehill, Co Cavan. This is a FREE event. Booking is essential, call 049 555 9873
Sunday 26th August
5pm: Wildlife Walk To Brackley Lake, Bawnboy. A wonderful wildlife walk led by Heather Bothwell of Blue Damsel Discovery. Departing from Bear Essentials and taking in Brackley Lough this is free event which is suitable for the whole family. High visibility jackets and stout footwear are recommended. To make a booking call 049 437 8600.
National Heritage Week is a unique opportunity for everyone to get involved in Ireland’s heritage, learn more about County Cavan’s Heritage from 18th-26th August, and above all, enjoy it! A full list of events in Cavan for the week can be found on our What’s On Guide, or you can visit www.heritageweek.ie.