Heritage Week in Limerick to offer a wide array of events

Anne O’Donoghue

Reporter:

Anne O’Donoghue

Ruins of the Franciscan Friary, Askeaton, where some of the Heritage Week events will be held
A host of different events are set to take place across Limerick City and County for National Heritage Week.

A host of different events are set to take place across Limerick City and County for National Heritage Week.

Heritage Week will take place from August 24 to 31 and the 2014 theme is; ‘Family . . . generations exploring heritage together’.

Limerick Museum is hosting a variety of different one-off tours including: an exploration of the museum; Limerick City Council - a retrospective tour and Limerick Lace, a history.

Three different informative talks will take place in the Hunt Museum: a history of Ireland in ten objects, a taste of craft and Limerick and the Great War, all of which will be repeated throughout the week.

Desmond Hall, Newcastle West will also host a vast amount of events, including music recitals and speakers.

A harp recital will kick off festivities in the medieval banqueting hall, the West Limerick Singers Club will also perform during the week with songs and stories and Heritage Week will be ended in Newcastle West with concertina and accordion tunes from the Begley family.

Lectures will be delivered in Desmond Hall also, local historian John Cussen will speak on the Earls of Devon - the Courtney family and their connections to Newcastle West.

Author and historian Tom Toomey will speak about the Whiteboys, an agrarian rebellion group in County Limerick.

A guided tour of the Franciscan Abbey, Askeaton and also Mass to mark the 300th anniversary of the friars leaving the town, will take place on August 24 and 31 respectively.

The majority of events are free to attend and others are also offered at a discounted rate for the week, such as half price tours of the Adare and Lough Gur Heritage Centres.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys said that heritage has always been an important asset at local and regional level.

“It is our communities, indeed our families big and small, that are the next custodians of our local heritage and who will pass on traditions and knowledge to the next generation.

“I would like to commend the work undertaken by communities in our cities, towns and villages who will make this year’s National Heritage Week yet another huge success,” said Ms Humphreys.

The national Heritage Week photography competition invites people to submit original photographs interpreting this year’s theme.

Over 400,000 people, all over the country, are expected to take place in Heritage Week in numerous diverse events.

For a full list of events and their dates and times see Heritage Week.