The latest Decade of Centenaries Blog posts can be accessed here
Ten Days; the barracks, the standoff and the bloodshed; https://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/ourservices/planning/conservationheritage/decadeofcentenariesblog/tendaysthebarracksthestandoffandthebloodshed.html
Evacuation of Barracks, Mullingar https://www.westmeathcoco.ie/en/ourservices/planning/conservationheritage/decadeofcentenariesblog/evacuationofbarracksmullingar.html
And a Video of the Adamson Centenary Commemoration which took place in Holy Trinity Graveyard in Mount Temple on 24th April is available on https://youtu.be/zuRqhMN4ChU
The Inside the Railings: A Portrait of Life within the Public Record Office of Ireland event which took place in the Appeal Court, the Four Courts on Thursday, 14 April can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao0QGm_NmKM&t=5450s
Dr Ciarán Wallace, Deputy Director of Beyond 2022, and Zoë Reid, Keeper at the National Archives, were interviewed on RTÉ Radio 1's 'History Show' with Myles Dungan here: (Begins at 33m) https://www.rte.ie/radio/radio1/the-history-show/programmes/2022/0424/1294067-the-history-show-sunday-24-april-2022/
To celebrate National Biodiversity Week 2022 the Heritage Council is offering free Heritage in Schools visit to primary schools between 13 and 22 May. To apply for a free visit: to browse the directory of Heritage Specialists. Contact the Heritage Specialist you would like to visit your school (contact details are provided at the end of the Specialist’s profile page). Complete the online booking application form
Creative Schools 2022 welcomes applications from schools and Youthreach centres across the country who would like to join the programme to putting the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. Participating schools/centres will take part in a guided journey over two years to develop a Creative Schools Plan unique to each school, and begin to implement it. Key supports offered by this award include up to nine days per year of expert support and advice from a Creative Associate assigned to each school/centre, and a €4,000 grant towards activities and projects arising. The deadline for application is 17.30 on Thursday 2 June 2022. Online information clinics for representatives of Primary and Post Primary Schools, Special Schools and Youthreach Centres who are interested in participating in Creative Schools from September 2022 for the academic years 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 will take place as follows: Wed 18 May 2022 at 16.00-17.00. Book a ticket here; Thursday 19 May 2022 at 16.00-17.00 (Irish language) Book a ticket here; Friday 20 May 2022 at 16.00-17.00 Book a ticket here
'Woodland wildflowers' is a newly released short video looks a 5 wildflower species. It was filmed at Split Hills and Long Hills Esker featuring Botanist and forest ecologist Professor Daniel Kelly from Trinity College, Dublin and is available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/UzuAbwZnb88
A new Video ‘Wildlife in Buildings: Linking our built and natural heritage’ explores the wide range of wildlife that occur in buildings and how to identify their presence. The video aims to avoid negative effects on wildlife by planning works appropriately. It also explores ways in which we can make existing or new buildings more suitable for wildlife and to provide nesting and roosting sites for species which have been affected by the loss of older stone structures in the landscape. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lQt3C8uI5E
Applications have opened for The All-Ireland Heritage Skills Programme, a course which aims to preserve heritage building skills that are at risk of being lost. Developed by in partnership with The Heritage Council and Historic Environment Division, Department of Communities, Northern Ireland. Supported by . For details see:
National Outdoor Recreation Strategy on the future direction of Ireland’s outdoor recreation sector is now in its second phase of public consultation. The consultation document is can be accessed here: https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/42e3a-public-consultation-on-a-national-strategy-on-outdoor-recreation/ until midnight on 17 May 2022.
Westmeath County Council is now inviting applications for grant support for Festivals and Events to be held in the period July to December 2022. For details see: https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=gTsdvAVgkkm_L-g36gxvkFn3XhRNN-1Ilee9vhjqyZtUNlk4N09NOTRVUFZSSTQwR1lXVEc5TDlHUy4u Apply by Monday 30th May.
Biodiversity Week 2022 – Free events, all welcome:
Mon 16th May Ecologist Alan Lauder to explore the biodiversity at Coolure Demense. Bordering Lough Derravaragh (SPA) this area of dry grassland is an important habitat and a NHA. Alan will lead a walk to explore the habitat and species that he encountered while surveying the site last summer. He will also discuss what can be done to enhance Biodiversity here. Walk commences 7pm on site limited parking available. Meet at 6:45pm at Top filling station on the Mullingar road (N91 FK3T). Dress for the outdoors.
Wed 18th May, 7pm - Swift Walk in Mullingar led by Richella Duggan from BirdWatch Ireland Westmeath Branch. Swifts are fascinating birds that migrate annually from Africa to breed here. They typically arrive in early May and Mullingar is an important location for Swifts in Westmeath. Walk commences at the Arts Centre, Mullingar.
Thurs 19th May, 6pm - Planting for Pollinators – Tips from Horticulturalist Peter Cuthbert, Mullingar Library. Free pollinator friendly plants and seeds for all who attend.
Fri 20th May, 9:40pm - Bat Walk around Portlick Forest led by Áine Fenner from the Midlands Bat Group. There will be an opportunity to see and hear some of these fascinating creature and to learn about the life cycle of bats. Meet at the car park.
Sat 21st May. 12- 2pm – Biodiversity Walk on the Old Rail Trail led by Ecologist Goska Wilkowska. Meet at Moate Railway Station.
These Biodiversity Week events are funded by the Heritage Council, and NPWS, DHLGH via their Local Biodiversity Action Plan Fund, with support from Westmeath County Council.