Heritage News & Events 31 March 2022

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 31 March 2022


Bogs in Transition Blog – call out in March Connecting Communities with Peatlands launched a blog featuring interviews from some of our bog women from the Midlands (read here). They are looking for a contributor to write a short piece (300-500words) for April’s blog – to feature community group projects, or thoughts on issues around bogs. Please get in touch aoife@irishrurallink.ie if you are interested.


Historic Houses of Ireland (HHI) has been awarded funding to appoint a CEO under the Heritage Capacity Funding 2022 scheme. The main responsibilities of the new CEO will be the implementation of the goals outlined in HHI Five-Year Strategic Plan: https://bit.ly/3INNey7 The position is part-time and initially for one year. A full job specification can be found here: https://bit.ly/3wIIiYJ The deadline for applications is: April 11th 2022.


National Lottery Good Causes Awards information on the Awards and applying online here, Deadline for applications Friday 1st April


Praeger Grants scheme invites applications for research on Ireland’s field natural history. A number of grants of up to €3,000 will be awarded. Since 1958, the RIA, through its Praeger Fund Committee, has used the income of this fund to disburse over 360 grants to natural historians, for small fieldwork projects throughout the island of Ireland. This year the RIA is particularly thankful for a bequest from the estate of the late Robert Desmond Meikle which will enable the funding of several projects. All details can be found here and queries can be addressed to grants@ria.ie  Apply by 14 April.

Stay up to date with Pollinator News: The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP) publish an email newsletter each month that identifies a pollinator action for us to consider, one of our native pollinator species to keep an eye out for, as well as a few key updates on activities within the AIPP from the previous month.   If you would like to receive this email register your interest at https://pollinators.ie/newsletters/ 


Sat 2nd April, Scohaboy Bog, Co. Tipperary - Free Leave No Trace Certified Awareness Course organised by Connecting Communities with Peatlands. A one-day training course on how Leave No Trace skills and ethics can help protect our environment and outdoor spaces and promote responsible, sustainable outdoor pursuits and recreation; the role of the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace in achieving these goals; the impact that sporting, recreational and leisure activities can have on our natural environment and; how Leave No Trace skills and practices can help to mitigate and minimise those impacts. This is a Connecting Communities with Peatlands training course and is only open to those in the Just Transition region (Kildare, Offaly, Westmeath, Laois, Longford, Roscommon, North Tipperary, East Galway). If you are interested please contact aoife@irishrurallink.ie.


Tues 5th April, 7.30pm  - Build Your Bog Knowledge: understanding peatlands webinar series. Connecting Communities with Peatlands will host a five-part webinar series with the aim of supporting peatland communities in the Midlands to build on their knowledge, understanding, and engagement with peat bogs. Each webinar covers a different topic related to the bog  - beginning with the formation of bogs and ending with what actions communities can take to do more or learn more about their local bog. At the end of the series there will be a visit to the bog to put some of your learning into practice! Read the full programme here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/build-your-bog-knowledge-webinar-series-tickets-305601260597


Thurs 7th – Sun 10th April The Laois Festival of Flight, celebrating the rich history of aviation and exploration in Laois, there is a full programme of music events, arts and science workshops, history talks and films. For further details/bookings go to



Sat 9th April 10am – 3:30pm Greville Arms Hotel, Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society fifth annual Conference on the Treaty of 1922 Speakers include Dr Paul Hughes, Dr Jennifer Redmond, Dr John Gibney, Fr Paul Connell and Ruth Illingworth – further details to from the Society.


Thurs 14th  April  19:00 – 20:30 Inside the Railings: A Portrait of Life within the Public Record Office of Ireland  FREE online event  includes an evening of readings and pictures, live-streamed from the Appeal Court, the Four Courts, formerly the reading room of the Public Record Office, marking the centenary of the occupation of the Four Courts, April 1922. Inside the Railings is one of a number of free, public events taking place leading up to the launch of Beyond 2022 Virtual Record Treasury at the end of June. Registration is essential- early booking is recommended- by following this link: Inside the Railings: Life within the Public Record Office of Ireland Registration, Thu 14 Apr 2022 at 19:00 | Eventbrite This event is a partnership of the Beyond 2022 research programme, the National Archives of Ireland and the Courts Service of Ireland as part of the Decade of Centenaries Programme.