Kildare’s cultural heritage is a colourful mix of monastic sites, mythical warriors like Fionn MacCumhaill, and of course our patron saint, St Brigid. These legacy’s, along with the county’s equine tradition are part of the fabric of Kildare that have inspired many generations. To celebrate Heritage Week (and with covid restrictions in place), local heritage groups, communities and historians have lined up a series of free, online activities, so you can enjoy the events in the outdoors or from the comfort of your own home!!
Here are just some of the great ‘Heritage Week’ events taking place in Kildare:
Get an insight into the untold stories of the long standing workhouse at a webinar this Thursday August 20th at 7.00pm from the General Paints Group in Celbridge. Local historian Cathi Fleming will discuss the construction of the workhouse; a day in the life at the workhouse; the lesser known history of Celbridge hosting Belgian refugees; the building’s life as an infirmary and finally the modern usage of this incredible building.
Celbridge Workhouse entrance and administrative block from the south-west, 2002. © Peter Higginbotham.
Where in Kildare?’ is taking people on a’ virtual online’ journey around the town using less well known monuments, artefacts and art in a fun and interactive way. It uses images of often missed sites which relate different aspects of the town and surrounding area.
Organised by Kildare Town Heritage, they are also running a competition to win five tickets for the magical Virtual Reality Experience ‘Legends of Kildare’ to enter, visit http://kildareheritage.com/heritage-week-in-kildare-2/
A guided Walking Tour of Kildare town will take place daily from August 15th- 22nd at 11am. (a second one will take place at 12 noon on the 15th) This is a tour of some of the heritage of medieval Kildare town lasting 40 minutes. The tour is an opportunity for people from ten years of age plus to learn about the abbeys of Kildare, the castle, and other features of significance, in one of Ireland’s oldest Towns. The walk commences at Kildare Town Heritage Centre. Due to the current situation the maximum number of people on each tour will be 5 people maximum and we would advise that people have face coverings and keep an appropriate distance from each other during the Tour.
Booking Essential: 00353 45530672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Cost: €3 Adults €2 Children
The Solas Bhride Centre are giving a demonstration on how to make a St Brigid’s cross. The demonstration will be given by one of their members in a YouTube video. As well as showing the skill of the cross making, she recounts some traditions and customs associated with the weaving of the cross. For the full demonstration click here: video
This virtual tour of the village will feature the beautiful church with all its history, including famine pot and remembrance garden; the heritage centre which is full of artefacts and old documents relating to the area; the old Mill which gave Milltown its name; pollards town fen and the infamous canal bank walks; and new addition to the village this year – a beautiful replicate of an old mill wheel. Taking place on 28th August from 2-4.30pm at the Heritage Centre, Milltown. No booking required.
An outdoor talk on the history of the ancient High Cross of Moone and the Kill Ambush will be presented by Brother Eoin Waldron from the local Cistercian Monastery. The talk takes will take place on 26th August at Moone Community Hall from 8pm-9.30pm. No booking required.
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Discover the history and tales of Moone Abbey House, its Gardens (c1750) and Tower (c1426), both of which stand on the site of the 6th century Colombian monastery of Moone Abbey. The tour takes place on August 26th from 12-4pm. Booking is required: Tel: 087 6900138 or email: email@example.com