Fingal Heritage Week 2016

National Heritage Week runs from Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th August this year. We have a wide variety of events this year, the majority of which are free, but do book early to avoid disappointment.

We are running a wide range of events for Fingal Heritage Week 2016. Check out or Heritage Week Event Guide for Fingal for the full list. The majority are free but make sure to book to avoid disappointment.

Swords Castle Digging History

Fingal Community Archaeologist, Christine Baker, will be leading volunteers from Friday 19th August in Fingal’s community archaeology project Swords Castle: Digging History.  The best surviving example of a Dublin archbishop’s palace, and an important administrative centre, and we hope to find out if there a graveyard underneath the castle, if there were buildings within the yard and how old the different buildings are.

You can volunteer to take part (once you’re over 18 years of age) or drop into the Castle during Heritage Week to find out more about the Castle and the project. Follow the project.

Walks and Family Events 

See some of the highlights below;

  • Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd - Tom Hussey of the Council’s Parks Division, walks in Ardgillan and Newbridge Demesnes to look at some of Fingal’s "Veteran Trees".
  • Saturday 27th - Family event at Tower Hill, Howth hosted by Grassroots Archaeology, exploring the archaeology of this important site through living history, ancient crafts and exhibitions. Also on
  • Saturday 27th - Family Heritage Day at Newbridge House and Farm, Donabate. 
  • Saturday 27th - Irish Whale and Dolphin Group who will be whale watching at Howth Head. 
  • Throughout Heritage Week there are free guided tours at Ardgillan Castle and Malahide Museum at Malahide Castle will also be open.
  • Workshops on Natural Heritage for ages 7 to 12 years. Library branches across Fingal. See event guide below for full details.
  • Heritage Week storytelling by Brendan Nolan for ages 7+.  Library branches across Fingal. See event guide below for full details.

See the full list Heritage Week Event Guide for Fingal

Talks

See some of the highlights below;

  • Monday 22nd to Friday 26th August - Series of lunchtime talks by Council staff in the Council Chamber, County Hall, Swords.
  • Monday 22nd August - Talk by Conor Doyle "The Theatre Royal", Blanchardstown Library.
  • Wednesday 24th August - Series of presentations on "100 years of Heritage in Fingal", St. Sylvester’s Parish Centre hosted by Fingal’s Heritage Societies. 
  • Thursday 25th August - Talk by Mary McNamera "Recollections of Malahide 1908 - 1918" Malahide Library
  • Saturday 29th August - Series of talks on "Swords Castle: A Medieval Manor" at Fingal Local Studies and Archives at Clonmel House, Forster’s Way, Swords, concluding with a tour of the Castle. 

See the full list Heritage Week Event Guide for Fingal

Commemorating 1916

We are also continuing our 1916 Commemoration Programme with a number of 1916 related events.

See some of the highlights below;

  • Monday 22nd to Friday 26th August (10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm daily) - Exhibition, "Fingal and the Fight for Irish Freedom" Fingal Local Studies and Archives, Clonmel House, Forster Way, Swords. The exhibits tell the story of many of the Fingallians who were involved in the events of Easter week. 
  • Saturday 20th August - Open Day at National Transport Museum, Howth featuring a 1916 Patriots Exhibition. 
  • Tuesday 23rd August - Screening their award winning 1916 film "A Terrible Beauty" in County Hall, Swords by filmmakers Dave and Colin Farrell, and also talks on their current project "Fingal’s Finest – the story of Fingal’s role in the 1916 Rising". 
  • Saturday 27th August - Talk in Blanchardstown library on 1916 veteran Thomas Carty from Carpenterstown. 
  • Saturday 27th August -  Millbank Theatre in Rush hosts "Leave your Jewels in the Bank and Buy a Revolver" which celebrates the women of the Rising. More information
  • Sunday 28th August - "Walk with Heroes" tour in St. Colmcille’s graveyard in Swords, the resting place of many local veterans of the 1916 Rising. 

See the full list Heritage Week Event Guide for Fingal