Events for Heritage Week, 2015

17/08/2015

Celebrating Place

Inistioge is planning interesting and varied events for Heritage Week 22nd -30th August, 2015.

Right through Heritage Week two exhibitions will be on view at Woodstock Heritage Museum, High Street, and open daily 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

Wildlife Photographic Exhibition by Brendan Marnell.  All photos were taken in Inistioge and environs. Brendan has patiently followed even our most elusive wild creatures, the red squirrel, to bring us delightful images of them in full flight through the tree tops at Woodstock. But come too for the kingfisher, herons, swans, otter, bats… did someone mention bats?

The other delightful exhibition Simply Bats is art work by the pupils of St Columcille’s Primary School on our two resident bat species, pipistrelle and Daubenton’s bats, an ialtóg fheascrach agus an ialtóg uisce.The art work is accompanied by interesting facts that the pupils learned about the bats while doing their project as part of Inistioge Tidy Towns Wildlife Awareness Campaign 2015

Also at the museum, on Sunday 30th August at 2.30 p.m, local weaver, Lucy Braddell will demonstrate the traditional crafts of spinning and weaving and will explain her use of natural dyes made from plants sourced locally.

On the weekend of 28-30th August, there will be two exhibitions, with a common theme of ‘Celebrating Place’at the Cois Abhann Centre. One exhibition of maps, fieldnames and photos of local townlands is based on the finding from the fieldnames collecting which has been ongoing in Inistioge by local volunteers since April, 2014.   The other exhibition is of maps and images of Inistioge through the centuries, the earliest being from 1667.

The exhibitions will open on Friday 28th August, 7.00 p.m. Then at 8.00 p.m. there will be short presentations by local volunteers on findings from fieldnames collecting, facilitated by Alan Counihan, Co-ordinator of the Kilkenny Fieldname Recording Project.

On Saturday 29th August, at 8.30 p.m there will be an illustrated talk by local historian and archivist, John Kirwan, on his exhibition of historic drawings and maps of Inistioge.

The exhibitions will be open again for viewing on Sunday, 30th August 11.00 a.m. – 2.00p.m.

Entry to all events is free.

All Heritage Week events in Inistioge are sponsored and organised by Inistioge Tidy Towns.  TT Chairman, Frank Sullivan says ‘developing a pride in place is a central part of TT work, which goes beyond the basic needs of presenting Inistioge as a tidy and pleasant place to visit.  An important emphasis in our work is developing community spirit and events such as Heritage Week are vital ingredients towards achieving this.’

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