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NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK OFFALY 22ND TO 30TH AUGUST

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Big Houses of Lemanaghan

Stephen McNeill presents this subject and is an expert in this area.

Venue: Research Centre

Cost: Free

Organiser: Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society

Email: info@offalyhistory.com

Telephone: 057 9321421

Website: www.offalyhistory.com

Booking Required: No

Dates: 27th August 21:00 PM to 21:30 PM

Letterheads in the Belmont Mill Archive

Belmont Mill in West Offaly was a thriving industry – in 2003 a substantial part of the mills archive

was donated to Offaly County Council Archive – a number of letter heads will be on display.

Venue: Tullamore Central Library

Cost: Free

Organiser: Clara Library

Email: tullamorelibrary@offalycoco.ie

Telephone: 057 93 46832

Website: www.offaly.ie/libraries

Booking Required: No

Dates: 24th August 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM , 25th August 10:00 AM to 20:00 PM , 26th August 10:00

AM to 17:00 PM , 27th August 10:00 AM to 20:00 PM , 28th August 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM , 29th

August 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM

Fun-Filled Family Event in Lough Boora Discovery Park

This August, Bord na Móna is encouraging visitors to embrace the beauty and history of Lough

Boora Discovery Park as it celebrates its Heartland and History for National Heritage Week 2015.

Venue: Lough Boora Discovery Park

Cost: Free

Organiser: Bord na Mona – Lough Boora Discovery Park

Email: sara.byrne@bnm.ie

Telephone: 057 9340010

Website: www.loughboora.com

Booking Required: No

Dates: 22nd August 12:00 PM to 16:00 PM

Memories of Early Industrial Peat Harvesting at Turraun

Interviews with Turraun peat harvesting workers presented by Maurice O’Keeffe at school, followed

by guided walk of Turraun site with historian James Scully. Refreshments provided.

Venue: St Mary’s National School

Cost: Free

Organiser: Pullough Residents Development Association

Email: turraunproject@gmail.com

Booking Required: No 

Dates: 23rd August 11:00 AM to 14:00 PM

The Building of the Grand Canal in West Offaly,1800 – 04′

James Scully has done detailed study of the construction of the Grand Canal which he presents in an

interesting and engaging informed manner with many anecdotes. Recommended!

Venue: Ferbane Library

Cost: Free

Organiser: Offaly Library Service

Email: heritage@offalycoco.ie

Telephone: 05709346839

Website: www.offaly.ie/libraries

Booking Required: No

Dates: 25th August 19:30 PM to 21:00 PM

How To Write A Parish History

Stephen McNeil, Chair of Offaly History and Archaeological Society, will give a talk on how you can

research and write about your Parish History.

Venue: Clara Bog Visitor Centre

Cost: Free

Organiser: Clara Bog Visitor Centre, National Parks and Wildlife Service

Email: claraguides@ahg.gov.ie

Telephone: 057 9368878

Booking Required: No

Dates: 26th August 15:00 PM to 16:00 PM

Visit to Offaly’s Oldest Heritage Musuem

Come and see a local exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia capturing the way of life in Offaly from

the 19th century. A wonderful insight into the past and of interest to all.

Venue: Killina Heritage Centre

Cost: Free

Organiser: Rahan Heritage Group in Association with Offaly Historical Society

Email: info@offalyhistory.ie

Telephone: 057 9321421

Website: www.offalyhistory.com

Booking Required: No

Dates: 29th August 15:00 PM to 17:00 PM , 30th August 11:30 AM to 14

Guided Tour of St Rynagh’s Church and Graveyard

Local historian James Scully will lead a guided tour around the early Christian site of St Rynagh in

Banagher highlighting the recent survey of headstones and the stories associated with the site.

Venue: St Rynagh’s Graveyard, Church Street, Banagher

Cost: Free

Organiser: James Scully

Email: jsmeelick@gmail.com

Telephone: 085 7107569

Booking Required: No

Dates: 24th August 19:00 PM to 20:30 PM

The Offaly Republican Roll of Honour

The Offaly Republican ‘Roll of Honour’: Exploring Offaly IRA fatalities, 1920-1924. Talk by Dr. Philip

McConway.

Venue: Research Centre

Cost: Free

Organiser: Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society

Email: info@offalyhistory.com

Telephone: 057 9321421

Website: www.offalyhistory.com

Booking Required: No

Dates: 24th August 20:00 PM to 22:00 PM

Dragonflies and Butterflies

Alex Copland will lead a trip through the Shannon callows looking for Dragonflies and Butterflies.

Venue: Shannonharbour Car Park

Cost: Free

Organiser: Offaly Naturalists’ Field Club

Email: heritage@offalycoco.ie

Telephone: 057 9346839

Website: www.offaly.ie/heritage

Booking Required: No

Dates: 22nd August 12:00 PM to 15:00 PM

Clara Bog:Past and Present – From Industrial Past to Conservation and Recreation

A guided walk on Clara Bog Boardwalk

Venue: Clara Bog Boardwalk

Cost: Free

Organiser: Clara Bog Visitor Centre, National Parks and Wildlife Service

Email: claraguides@ahg.gov.ie

Telephone: 057 93 68878

Booking Required: No

Dates: 25th August 14:00 PM to 15:00 PM

Turraun Wild Walk

A relaxing stroll around one of the less accessible, but most wildlife-rich sites in the Lough Boora

Discovery Park. Learn about the species, habitats and conservation on these wonderful wetlands.

Venue: Turraun Car Park (Pollagh end)

Cost: Free

Organiser: BirdWatch Ireland

Email: acopland@birdwatchireland.ie

Telephone: 057 9151676

Booking Required: No

Dates: 23rd August 14:00 PM to 16:00 PM

All event information is subject to change. Please consult the www.heritageweek.ie website closer to

the event for the latest updates – Document updated

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