National Heritage Week in Mayo North 2017 – Your Guide to What’s On

19-27 August 2017

National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in North Mayo Jackie Clarke Collection Ballina Ceide Fields Visitor Centre OPW Ballycastle Co. Mayo Cattle Raid in North Mayo Weather in North Mayo Riverfest Foxford Co. Mayo Ballina Public Library Swinford Public Library Mayo County Library Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk Moygownagh Enniscoe House Crossmolina Things to do in North Mayo

One of our favourite weeks of the year, National Heritage Week is an annual all-Ireland event that aims to build awareness and education about our heritage and, in this way, to encourage its conservation and preservation. For National Heritage Week in Mayo North, as usual, there are lots of events happening. And there is truly something for everyone, from workshops to garden visits, whale watching, lectures and guided tours and walks. 

This year’s National Heritage Week takes place from Saturday, 19th August to Sunday, 27th August 2017, and events this year have a special emphasis on nature and the natural world. National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council  and is part of European Heritage Days

PLEASE NOTE: CHANGE of date and time for BLANEMORE Archaeological Walk below (as of 22/08/17) and for ENNISCOE House Guided Tours below (amended on 25/08/17)

The hundreds of unique and special events throughout the country each year are organised by national and hundreds of local community organisations. Many of the events that take place during the week are free. 

Here’s our guide to National Heritage Week in Mayo North, featuring events in Ballina, Crossmolina, Moygownagh, Ballycastle, Foxford, Swinford and Belmullet.

‘Night owls’ have been remembered too – keep an eye out for events taking place in the evenings and after work.

National Heritage Week in Ballina 

National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo North Jackie Clarke Collection Explore and More Baskets and Beasts

Jackie Clarke Collection

Explore and More

22 August: 11am – 12pm and 2pm – 3pm

24 August: 11am – 12pm and 2pm – 3pm

 As part of this fun, activity-based workshop, children can take part in a ‘Nature Explorers’ Trail’ around the walled garden, design their own nature-inspired creation and more. Admission: free.

To book: contact 096 73508

For more information call Jackie Clarke Collection at 096 73508  or email sbrennan@mayococo.ie

Onlineclarkecollection.ie  –  facebook.com/jackieclarkecollection  –  twitter.com/clarkeballina

From Baskets to Beasts

24 August, 11am – 4pm

This year our event will move into our walled heritage garden to deliver workshops, talks and children’s events all based around the flora and fauna growing in the garden.

Talks and demonstrations will be given on the live willow, flowers and herbs along with interesting displays on the creatures and wildlife that lurk quietly beneath the scrubs. Visual displays will be placed around the garden with information about the medicinal and nutritional values of our home-grown herbs to the story behind our beautiful oak exhibition wall. An oasis of green in Ballina, this garden is truly the only green space left at the heart of this beautiful town centre.

For more information call Jackie Clarke Collection at 096 76805  or email aforbes@mayococo.ie

Online:  clarkecollection.ie  –  facebook.com/jackieclarkecollection  –  twitter.com/clarkeballina

 

Belleek CastleNational Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo North Belleek Castle

Tour of Belleek Castle

21 – 25 August, 11am – 4pm

The tour of Belleek Castle includes a history of the 19th century manor house and the Marshall Doran Collection, one of the finest collections of Jurassic fossils, medieval arms and armour in Ireland.

 Belleek Castle, historic country house located in Ballina, Co. Mayo, is a hotel, gourmet restaurant, popular wedding venue and is one of County Mayo’s major tourist attractions. Belleek Castle, the former home of the Knox-Gore family, was wonderfully restored in the 1960s by Marshall Doran. Castle Tours include the history of the castle, its architecture, as well as the Marshall Doran Collection, one of the finest collections of Jurassic fossils, medieval weapons and armour in Ireland.

Admission: Adult: €8.00 / Child: €5.00

For more information call Belleek Castle at 096-22400 or email info@belleekcastle.com

Online: belleekcastle.com  –  facebook.com/BelleekCastle  –  twitter.com/BelleekCastle 

 

 National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo North Ballina Public LibraryBallina Library 

(in conjunction with Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, Dublin City University)

Find out how to play your part in preserving Ireland’s Folklore and Placename Heritage  – Meitheal Dúchas.ie and Meitheal Logainm.ie Projects 

25 August, 3.45pm – 4.30pm

Find out how you can contribute to preserving Ireland’s cultural heritage. Transcribe folklore from the 1930s with Meitheal Dúchas.ie and record minor placenames with Meitheal Logainm.ie

 

Meitheal Dúchas.ie is an opportunity to transcribe folklore material collected by schoolchildren for the National Folklore Collection in the 1930s in Ireland. It is one of the most successful crowdsourcing projects of its kind in the world. Discover more at www.duchas.ie/en/meitheal/

Meitheal Logainm.ie encourages the recording and sharing of minor placenames. The public is asked to record minor placenames, such as field names, via a simple online form. Discover more at meitheal.logainm.ie/en/

Admission: free

For more information call 094 47922 or email avaughan@mayococo.ie

Onlineduchas.ie/en/meitheal/  –  facebook.com/duchas.ie  –  twitter.com/duchas_ie/

National Heritage Week in Mayo North – Ballycastle

Irish Whale and Dolphin Group National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo North Ballycastle Co. Mayo Downpatrick HeadDownpatrick Head

Whale Watch Ireland 2017

26 August, 2pm-5pm

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group invites you to their annual, free and guided land-based whale watch at Downpatrick Head, as part of All-Ireland Whale Watch day on Saturday 26th August.

While there are no guarantees of sightings, given reasonable weather you have a good chance of seeing some of the marine species that can be viewed locally. You should dress appropriately for the weather and conditions on the day and leave your pets at home. There are no boats involved, as all watches are from land. There may be a short elevated walk from the meeting point to your watch site. We recommend you bring binoculars, your sense of humour and refreshments for this 3 hour field event. 

For more information call  +353 (0) 85 827 6984 or email aoifefoley@ucc.ie

Online: iwdg.ie  –  facebook.com/IrishWhaleandDolphinGroup  –  Twitter.com/IWDGnews

 

Cattle Raid in North Mayo Ceide Fields Visitor Centre OPW Ballycastle Co. Mayo National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo NorthCeide Fields Visitor Centre 

Cattle Raid of Mayo Slideshow

24 August: 7pm-12am

 A slideshow showcasing the archaeology of the Cattle Raid of Mayo (Tain Bo Flidhais) a precursor to the Cattle Raid of Cooley. The route extends from Rathcroghan Co Roscommon to Rathmorgan Co Mayo.

Admission free

For more information call  096 43325  or email brogan_anthony@yahoo.ie

 

Go Wild at Céide Family Fun Day

27 August, 11am-5pm

Free admission for all, with special activities and competitions for all the family. The emphasis will be on the wilder side of Céide Fields. It is a great chance to explore nature this National Heritage Week in Mayo North.

Children must be accompanied by adults.

For more information call  096 43225 or email ceidefields@opw.ie

Onlineheritageireland.ie/en/west/ceidefields/

 

Changeable Weather in North Mayo talk Ceide Fields Visitor Centre OPW National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo NorthChangeable Weather in North Mayo

27 August, 3pm-4pm

Hear local weather recorder Padraig McAvock talk about the weather patterns in the Céide Fields area over the last century. He will also display various artefacts related to weather recording.

Free Admission

For more information call 096 43325 or email ceidefields@opw.ie

Online: heritageireland.ie/en/west/ceidefields/

 

National Heritage Week in Crossmolina and Moygownagh

National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo North Enniscoe House ToursEnniscoe House

Free Guided Tour of Enniscoe House

27 August, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm,  3pm (updated – new date)

(Approx duration of tour: 40 mins)

The event organisers regret a change of date – the guided tours now take place on Sunday 27th August, as opposed to the preceding day, as previously advertised.

Enniscoe House is a classical Georgian residence, dating from the 1790s. The estate grounds, on which it is set, date back a further century. Enniscoe is situated in a stunning part of the world, in woodland at the foot of Nephin Mountain and close to the shores of Lough Conn.

This year, as part of National Heritage Week, Enniscoe House will be open to the public for short guided tours.

Please note that spaces are limited and booking is essential.

To book call The North Mayo Heritage Centre at 096 31809. Booking is essential.

Onlinenorthmayogenealogy.com

 

Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk, Moygownagh 

Guided Archaeological Walk of Blanemore Forest with historian Liam A. Heffron

27 August, 12.45pm – 2.30pm   (updated)

PLEASE NOTE that the original event, detailed in the notice further below, has been postponed. 

The event organisers, Moygownagh.ie and Moygownagh Community Council, welcome visitors and locals to the newly developed Blanemore Forest Walk near Moygownagh village.

Join historian Liam A. Heffron, as he leads a 5km guided tour through 6,000 years of North Mayo history, on the Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk.

The event begins at 12.45pm sharp at Moygownagh Community Centre in Moygownagh village.

Participants will then travel the short distance to Blanemore Forest where Liam Alex Heffron will lead the group around the 5km walk. Participants will travel by car, using the idea of a car pool, on this occasion.   

Participants will return to the centre again at 2.30pm.

Important information for participants:

Bring suitable footwear and if raining – coats!

Blanemore Walk has been recently developed. CAREFUL ATTENTION TO HAZARDOUS TERRAIN IS ESSENTIAL.

Admission: Free of charge

For more information, visit www.blanemoreforest.com , Mayo North.ie or see full event description at Event Brite.

OnlineEvent Brite event details  –  http://www.moygownagh.ie/  

Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk, Moygownagh 

Guided Archaeological Walk of Blanemore Forest with Professor Séamus Caulfield

EVENT DEFERRED until September. Details to follow.

This originally advertised event was postponed due to its scheduled time conflicting with this Saturday’s All-Ireland Semi-Final Replay, Mayo V Kerry. The Walk on 27 August, above, goes ahead, in its place.

The event organisers, Moygownagh.ie and Moygownagh Community Council, welcome visitors and locals to the newly developed Blanemore Forest Walk near Moygownagh village.

Join renowned archaeologist Professor Seamas Caulfield, who is central to the Ceide Fields story, as he leads a 5km guided tour through 6,000 years of North Mayo history, on the Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk.

The event begins with a short talk by Prof Seamas Caulfield in Moygownagh village.

Following a video presentation by historian Liam Alex Heffron, a bus will bring participants the short ride to Blanemore Forest where Prof Caulfield and Liam Alex Heffron will lead groups around the 5km walk.

The bus returns to the village, with refreshments served.

PLEASE NOTE: Blanemore Walk has been recently discovered. DILIGENT ATTENTION TO HAZARDOUS TERRAIN IS ESSENTIAL.

Admission: €4.50 / €3 concession / €10 Family. Payable on the day.

For more information, visit www.blanemoreforest.com , Mayo North.ie or see full event description at Event Brite.

Online: Event Brite event details  –  http://www.moygownagh.ie/  

 

National Heritage Week in Foxford

National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo North River Moy in Foxford Foxford Riverfest

Foxford

Foxford Riverfest

19 August, 12pm – 10:30pm

20 August, 9:30am – 10:30pm

Foxford Riverfest is now in its fourth year, is a family activity, fishing and nature Festival in Foxford, celebrating all outdoor aspects of the River Moy and the Moy valley.

Foxford Riverfest will be a weekend to promote the Moy Valley as a beautiful, scenic tourism destination.

The Festival promises an eclectic mix of angling demonstrations and competitions, kayaking, Stand Up Paddling, rowing, children’s games, arts and crafts, cookery demonstrations, rambles, nature walks, forages, pollinator walks, fireworks, traditional crafts and craft demonstrations and food stalls, outdoor music and entertainment.

Admission: free

For more information call 087 6471919 or email taragh.cosgrove@gmail.com

Onlinefoxfordriverfest.com  –  facebook.com/theriverfest

 

National Heritage Week in Swinford

National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo North Swinford Public Library Meitheal Duchas.ie Meitheal Logainm.ie

Swinford Library   

(in conjunction with Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, Dublin City University)

Find out how to play your part in preserving Ireland’s Folklore and Placename Heritage  – Meitheal Dúchas.ie and Meitheal Logainm.ie Projects 

25 August, 2pm – 2:45pm

Find out how you can contribute to preserving Ireland’s cultural heritage. Transcribe folklore from the 1930s with Meitheal Dúchas.ie and record minor placenames with Meitheal Logainm.ie.

 

Meitheal Dúchas.ie is an opportunity to transcribe folklore material collected by schoolchildren for the National Folklore Collection in the 1930s in Ireland. It is one of the most successful crowdsourcing projects of its kind in the world. Discover more at www.duchas.ie/en/meitheal

Meitheal Logainm.ie encourages the recording and sharing of minor placenames. The public is asked to record minor placenames, such as field names, via a simple online form. Discover more at meitheal.logainm.ie/en

Admission: free

For more information call 094 47922 or email avaughan@mayococo.ie

Online: duchas.ie/en/meitheal/  –  facebook.com/duchas.ie  –  twitter.com/duchas_ie/

 

National Heritage Week in Belmullet

National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo North Belmullet Peninsula In Search of Great Yellow Bumblebee Bird Watch Ireland Annagh MarshAnnagh Marsh, Belmullet Peninsula, Co. Mayo (with Bird Watch Ireland)

In Search of Great Yellow Bumblebee 

A guided walk along the boundaries of BirdWatch Ireland’s reserves on the Belmullet Peninsula searching for wildlife, in particular, the rare Great Yellow Bumblebee

19 August, 11:30am – 2:30pm

For more information call 097 85842 or email info@birdwatchireland.ie

Online: birdwatchireland.ie  –  facebook.com/BirdWatchIreland  twitter.com/birdwatchie

 

 

National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo North Songs and Poets of Kilmore Erris Dick Lal Padden

Turas Siar Irish Language and Culture Centre, Cartron, Clogher, Belmullet

Songs and Poets of Kilmore Erris

27 August, 2pm – 5pm

Both visitors and the local community are invited to get involved in commemorating the songs and poets of the Kilmore Erris area. A book and CD will follow and will be launched at the Turas Siar Centre.

Admission: free

 

For more information call 097 85011  /  087 6990505 or email turas.siar@yahoo.ie

Online: turassiar.com

  

National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo North Survey of Corran Bui Sites Topographic and Geophysical SurveyCeathrú Thaidhg (Comhar Dún Chaocháin Teo, Seanscoil Community Centre, Ceathrú Thaidhg/Carrowteige)

Survey of Corráin Buí sites

23 August, 8pm-10pm

Archaeological Geophysicist Kevin Barton will give a talk on the topographic and geophysical survey techniques used to map and investigate the ancient sites at Corrán Buí and on the survey findings.

The survey findings and the final report will be explained and presented to the local community at a special event in the Seanscoil. Refreshments provided.

For more information call 097 88082 or 087 125 1642 or email dunchaochain1@eircom.net

Online: http://lgs.ie/

 

National Heritage Week in North West Sligo  

National Heritage Week 2017 National Heritage Week in Mayo North National Heritage Week in North West Sligo Visit Castletown ManorCastletown Manor, Corballa, Co. Sligo

Visit Castletown Manor, Co. Sligo

19-27 August, 9am-1pm

Castletown Manor is a mid-sized, country house with a well-researched history. It was built by Robert Morgan when he dispossessed the O’Dowd family from their ancestral castle adjacent to the house.

The Morgan family retained ownership until the 1760s and both Hugh Morgan (son) and Marcus Anthony Morgan (grandson) were elected members of parliament. The Morgan line has been traced to Henry Grattan (a great, great grandson) and to the Marlay family. The house was sold in the 1760’s to the Kirkwood family, who built the estate famine wall and subsequently passed to the Boyd family before being purchased by the state in the land acts of the 1920s.

Admission: Adult: €3 / Family: €3

For more information call 085 812 2267  or email liamosiorain@hotmail.com

Online: discoverireland.ie/Arts-Culture-Heritage/castletown-manor/75207

 

Wishing you a great National Heritage Week in Mayo North 2017 and be sure and let us know on our Facebook page what your favourite events were! 

 

 

 

 


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