Week-long celebration of national heritage

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A variety of events take place across Connemara as part of Heritage Week later this month. This year’s celebration of Ireland’s built, natural and cultural heritage will explore ‘100 Years of Heritage’, taking a journey back through one hundred years of Ireland and discovering the lives of those who came before us.

In Oughterard, a heritage day at Aughnanure Castle on Sunday August 21 will celebrate the O’Flaherty links with the castle. Paul Naessens will lead a talk, followed by traditional music and children’s games.

On Tuesday 23, learn more about how to trace your family tree at two workshops in Oughterard Courthouse. Or visit Galway Wind Park in nearby Roscahill on Thursday 25, for a guided walk of the site.

On Inishbofin, archaeologist Erin Gibbons will give a talk on the island’s recently discovered lost village, Inishlyon. The lecture takes place in the community centre on the evening of Tuesday 23.

In Moycullen, Transport Infrastructure Ireland archaeologist Jerry O’Sullivan will give a talk on the archaeology and architectural heritage of the area. ‘Stone Age to Steam Age’ takes place in Áras Uilinn on Monday 22. On Thursday 25, Dr Julie Anne Stevens of DCU will give a talk on Violet Martin of Ross, and on Friday 26 there will be a talk on Walter Macken’s life in theatre, given by his son Ultan. Both talks take place in the Courthouse. There are also a number of heritage trails around the village, organised by the Moycullen Historical Society.

In Letterfrack, Marie Louise Heffernan leads a walk on Sunday 21 to see the Cregg Hill Grouse Conservation Project (above) and learn about how the Clifden Gun Club is working with landowners to increase grouse numbers. On Sunday 28, Conservation Letterfrack opens its doors to the public for a tour of the furniture and wooden artefact conservation workshop, including demonstrations of traditional skills such as woodturning, and advice on care of objects and furniture.

All events take place from August 20-28, many are free but booking may be required. See www.heritageweek.ie for more