Heritage Week 18- 26 August 2018

Heritage Week 2018 is all about sharing stories and making connections.  As part of European Year of Culture, Heritage Week is a chance to share heritage stories in new ways, with new people. Here are just some of the events that are taking place in Fingal. For full details see www.heritageweek.ie 

Heritage Week Events at Fingal Libraries 

Natural Heritage Workshop for children with the Rediscovery Centre

This Natural Heritage Workshop for 6 – 12 year olds explores the natural heritage of the local area and the importance of natural heritage, Ireland’s biodiversity and what we can do to protect our wildlife. Through fun activities and games we will investigate food chains, create our own food web and learn all about camouflage and survival in the wild! Booking Essential

Donabate Library: Monday 20 August @ 2.30 pm – 4 pm

Swords Library: Wednesday 22 August @ 3 pm – 4.30 pm

Baldoyle Library: Thursday 23 August @ 2.30 – 4 pm


Bremore Castle Drawing300x225

Talk on Bremore Castle Restoration and Reconstruction Project

Bremore Castle is a national monument in Balbriggan owned by Fingal County Council. Comprehensive reconstruction and restoration of the Castle has been sponsored by the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education & Training Board and carried out by trainees participating in a Local Training Initiative. Join Fingal County Council’s Senior Parks Superintendent Kevin J. Halpenny for a talk on this Restoration and Reconstruction Project. All Welcome

Balbriggan Library: Thursday 23August @ 6.30 pm

Whittled away Heritage Week

Whittled Away - Ireland’s Vanishing Nature’ - Author Visit and Nature Talk

Author and ecologist Pádraic Fogarty will give a talk based on his book ‘Whittled Away - Ireland’s Vanishing Nature’.  In his book, Pádraic describes over fishing, industrial-scale farming and pollution have decimated wildlife habitats and populations. In a single lifetime, vast shoals of herring, rivers bursting with salmon, and bogs alive with flocks of curlew and geese have all become folk memories. But all is not lost, he also reveals the possibilities for the future, describing how we can fill our seas with fish, farm in tune with nature, and create forests that benefit both people and wildlife. All Welcome

Howth Library: Wednesday 22nd August @ 6.30 pm

Malahide Library: Thursday 23rd August @ 6.30 pm


Dunsink Heritage Week

Talk on Dunsink Observatory by Sam Green

Sam Green PhD student at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies gives a talk on Dunsink Observatory. Dunsink Observatory, now part of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), is the oldest purpose-built scientific research centre in Ireland, having opened in 1785 as the observatory attached to Trinity College Dublin. All Welcome

Blanchardstown Library: Thursday 23rd August @ 6.30 pm

How to find my soul a home: marriage sources for family history - workshop by Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann

Most people leave a light paper-trail in the records, but one of the times we are most likely to find evidence, is at the time of marriage. In this workshop, genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons asks, was marriage in the past different to now? Was love always the main criteria, or was it less important than sharing wealth/ resources and building family connections? Can we find evidence of gay couples in the records, when same-sex marriage didn’t exist in the law? What arrangements did people make, when a marriage broke down irretrievably?  Using case-studies, Fiona will explore where evidence can be found and how to use it to build your research and write your family history narrative. All welcome

Balbriggan Library: Saturday 25th August @ 10.30am – 12.30pm Tel: 01 870 4401 / E mail balbrigganlibrary@fingal.ie

Notify next of kin: sources for family history - workshop by Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann

Most people leave a very light paper-trail in the records – one time we are most likely to find evidence is at time of death.  In this workshop, genealogist Fiona Fitzsimons examines wills and testamentary records, cemetery/ burial records and gravestones, newspaper records, and tontines. Using case-studies, she will explore where evidence can be found and how to use it to build your research and write your family history narrative. All welcome

Blanchardstown Library: Saturday 25th August 2.30pm – 4.30pm Tel: 01 890 5563 / E mail blanchlibrary@fingal.ie


Free Guided tours and events at our Heritage Properties 

Newbridge House and Farm

Newbridge House

Newbridge House and Farm will hold a Family Fun day on August 26th 11am - 5pm.  It will include a range of entertainment,fun and culture with Parkland & House Tours, old fashioned fun in the Walled garden and Farm.

Join us in the Walled Garden and leave technology behind with Family fun, games, exhibitions talks, tours and so much more. Bring a picnic dress up and enjoy. See our traditional farm with its animals, machinery and original buildings then join us for fun and laughter dress up catch up and learn how to play again. See our website and facebook page for updates.  http://www.newbridgehouseandfarm.com/  

Ardgillan Castle and Demense

Ardgillan Castle

There will be free guided tours of Ardgillan Castle throughout Heritage Week. A great opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of the castle. Tours will run on the hour from 11am - 4pm.  https://ardgillancastle.ie/ 

Skerries Mills 

VO Fingal Test Image

Special National Heritage Week reduction on guided tours Monday to Friday of the unique and historical Skerries Mills. Including Watermill, Four Sail Windmill and Five Sail Great Windmill of Skerries,  20 - 24 August, 10:30am - 4:30pm

Weather and crop permitting there will be an exhibition of Vintage Harvesting at Skerries Mills on Sunday 26th August from 12pm. Check our website for further details & admission fees. https://www.skerriesmills.ie/ 


Fingal Heritage Network Event

Members of various Fingal historical societies will give short accounts of how chance encounters, either verbal or written, can lead to exciting new discoveries. Event takes place  Wednesday 22 August, 8pm - 10pm St. Sylvester's Parish Centre, Malahide further information malahidehistoricalsociety@gmail.com  


There are many other events happening in Fingal during Heritage Week. For full details see www.heritageweek.ie