Explore and enjoy Tipp’s heritage

Thursday 18th July 2013: People of Tipperary are today being encouraged to get involved in National Heritage Week 2013 which takes place nationwide from 17th – 25th August 2013.

Thursday 18th July 2013: People of Tipperary are today being encouraged to get involved in National Heritage Week 2013 which takes place nationwide from 17th – 25th August 2013.

The week looks set to reach a record total 1700 events this year, the majority of which will be FREE to attend.

Speaking at the launch Michael Starrett, CEO of the Heritage Council said -

“In recent years we have seen a significant increase in the understanding and awareness among the general public of the importance and impact heritage can have, both economically and socially.

Heritage is not about nostalgia, or some misplaced aim to live in the past, but an opportunity to engage with our own story and in particular the natural and cultural heritage of where we live.

The theme of Heritage Week 2013, ‘Discover the Past. Build the Future’ reflects this thinking.

There are events throughout County Tipperary and listed below are some of them -

· Sounds of History Exhibition Wednesday 21st August 10:00 – 16:00 (FREE) On Wednesday 23rd August we will be giving free tours of our Cultural Exhibition ‘Sounds of History’. Venue : Brú Ború Cultural Centre, Cashel.

· Traditional Music, Song and Dance Sunday 25th August 14:30 – 17:00 (FREE) Enjoy traditional music, song and dance performed by local musicians and an All Ireland award winning singer and dancer. Venue : Cahir Castle, Castle Street, Cahir.

Grange Crag Loop walk Saturday 17th August 14:30 – 16:30 (FREE) A loop walk from Grange village along a forestry trail with scenic views over Kilcooly Abbey demesne, and historical features. Approximately 3km or 2 hours. Venue : Grange Crag Loop Walk, Grange, Kilcooly.

Guided Tour of Grenane House Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th August 14:00 – 18:00. Guided tours of listed Georgian house - one of the oldest, still lived in by the same family, in Ireland. Venue: Grenane House, Tipperary.

· Tour of Kilcooly Abbey Saturday 17th August 11:00 – 13:00 (FREE) Kilcooly Abbey is one of the best-preserved Cistercian abbeys in Ireland, standing in a beautiful demesne landscape. Venue : Kilcooly Abbey, Gortnahoe,

· Exhibition: Ormond Castle Through The Centuries Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th August (FREE) A photographic display, showing the changing face of Ireland’s finest example of an Elizabethan Manor House. Venue : Ormond Castle, Carrick on Suir.

· The Main Guard Guided Tours Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th August 9:30 – 18:00 (FREE) Free guided tours of the Main Guard, a restored 17th Century Courthouse. Venue: The Main Guard, Sarsfield St. Clonmel.

· Guided Tours of Ormond Castle Saturday 17th – Sunday 25th August 10:00 – 17:15 (FREE) Visit and admire Ireland’s finest example of an Elizabethan manor house. Venue : Ormond Castle, Carrick on Suir.

· Cashel Walled Towns Day 2013 Saturday 24th August 12:00 – 17:00 (FREE) This themed event is the day of a Knight and Lady, concentrating on the dress of the medieval period using the Hackett Effigies as a core example. Venue : Mikey Ryan’s Walled Garden, Main Street, Cashel.

· The Laneways of Carrick on Suir, Past and Present Saturday 24th August 15:00 – 16:00 (FREE) Lecture by local historian Tom Walsh. Venue : Ormond Castle, Carrick on Suir.

· Thatching Demonstration Sunday 25th August 14:30- 16:30 (FREE) Learn about one of Ireland’s most fascinating crafts by joining us for a thatching demonstration on the lawn. Free access to the house by guided tour only. Venue : Swiss Cottage, Ardfinnan Road, Cahir. Organiser : OPW, Eleanor Morrissey, eleanor.morrissey@opw.ie, 052 7441011, www.heritageireland.ie

· The Hackett Effigies Explained Tuesday 20th August 19:15 – 21:00 (FREE) Dr Gillain Kenny gives us an insight into the Hackett Effigies of Cashel. Venue : Cashel Library, Friar Street, Cashel,

· Guided Walk of Medieval Fethard Sunday 18th & Saturday 24th August 14:30 – 16:00. Guided tour of the best preserved Walled Town in Ireland, with 1.2 Km of Wall, Battlements, Norman-era churches (in use). A free trail brochure will be available. Hear the stories of the married RC Bishop, the oldest roof, the Jolly Soldier, an arctic explorer, martyred friar and hidden statues. Venue : Foot Bridge, The Valley, Fethard Medieval Walled Town. Cost : €5 per adult, Children Free

· Nature Walk, Tipperary Town Hills Sunday 25th August 13:45 – 15:30 (FREE) Explore the hills and discover birds, butterflies, flowers and insects. We will also examine moths. This event is part of the ‘Adopt a Monument Project’ funded by the Heritage Council and South Tipperary County Council. Venue : Tipperary Town Hills.

· Discovering the History and Wildlife of St Mary’s Graveyard Sunday 18th August 13:45 – 15:30 (FREE) Come and learn about the rich history of St John’s Graveyard and discover the moths, butterflies, birds and flowers that live in the graveyard. The grandfather of Robert Emmet is buried in the graveyard. St Mary’s Graveyard has been a Centre of Worship for over 200 years. It has a rich history and the grounds are managed to encourage wildlife. Venue : St Mary’s Graveyard, John Street, Tipperary Town.