Westmeath Heritage News & Events 23rd July 2022

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 23 June 2022

Westmeath Heritage News & Events 23rd July 2022

Peatlands Engagement Grant Scheme is open for applications. The fund is administered by the Peatlands Management Unit of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage with a total fund of €500,000 available in 2022. The scheme aims to support initiatives with community benefit that promote awareness, conservation and revitalisation of Irish Peatlands.  Funding is available to support a maximum of 75% of the project eligible costs with a maximum grant of €25,000. For details see: https://www.npws.ie/peatlands-and-turf-cutting/peatlands-community-engagement-scheme-funding-2022


Decade of Centenaries Video released: The 1922 'pact' election in Longford-Westmeath is the subject of the latest video by Westmeath County Council Historian in Residence Dr Paul Hughes see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odh7ArrR8JQ Dr Paul Hughes, analyses the general election of 16 June 1922 in Longford-Westmeath, the unusual circumstances surrounding it, the build-up and its outcomes, as Ireland edged closer to civil war.


Westmeath County Council are inviting stakeholders and members of the Mullingar community to take part in an early consultation exercise via an online survey, to explore the needs and aspirations of the local community with regards to Mullingar. As part of this early consultation engagement you are invited to complete the online survey which is open for a two week period until the closing date on Tuesday 5th July 2022 at 5 pm. The survey is available at https://consult.westmeathcoco.ie or  directly at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QVW2RHW Survey results will be considered in the context of the upcoming Mullingar Town Centre Health Check followed by the preparation of a Strategic Issues Paper for Mullingar. This Issues Paper will also be open for public consultation where there will be a further opportunity to have your say in shaping a Local Area Plan for Mullingar.  Queries should be emailed to mullingarsurvey@westmeathcoco.ie


The Heritage Council is hosting webinars to support Heritage Week event and project organisers to learn more about organising events and projects. During the sessions you’ll hear from heritage experts and past National Heritage Week event and project organisers. You’ll also have a chance to ask questions relating to this year’s themes of sustainable heritage and biodiversity, as well as about the practicalities around developing sustainable and inclusive events.

Wed 29th June, 1pm – 2pm: Organising sustainable and inclusive events. Hear from heritage experts about incorporating both sustainability and inclusivity into your events. Register here.



Fri 24th June, 5.30pm - 7pm The Táin March to Athlone Castle: Meeting at Civic Square, Athlone join Queen Medb in a march to Athlone Castle. There will be a free admission to the castle visitor centre and museum. The Táin March organisers will have lots of costumes for children to dress up and have fun, with demonstrations and a brief talk about the epic tale An Táin Bó Cúailnge by Archaeologist Paul Gosling. Free event. All welcome.


Sat 25th June 10am 12:15pm: FREE Workshop on Butterfly identification & survey training - led by Ecologist Alan Lauder introductory talk in Castlepollard Library followed be a practical session on site (Coolure Demense). Participants will learn how to identify different species of butterfly, how to log sightings with the National Biodiversity Data Centre and how to get involved in butterfly monitoring schemes collecting valuable data on butterflies in Westmeath.This workshop on Butterfly identification and introduction to surveying is being offered by Westmeath County Council with the support of the Local Biodiversity Action Fund, administered by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. All welcome.

Sun 26th June 12 noon Streete Vintage Festival

Tues 28th June (note rescheduled from 21st)   - Athlone Library  - 6pm-7:30pm Public meeting Consultation on a new Heritage and Biodiversity Plan for Westmeath

Thurs 30th June Boher Hall 8pm - 9pm  meeting of the Westmeath Field Names Recording Project  - project coordinator Aengus Finnegan is inviting everyone interested in getting involved in recording the names of fields in the area to come along.


Fri 1st & Sat 2nd July Oral History Network Ireland (OHNI) will host their annual conference, titled Memory and Oral History, on in Maynooth with an exciting selection of workshops, papers and discussion sessions as well as their keynote address from Professor Guy Beiner.  Registration and event costs at https://oralhistorynetworkireland.ie/2022-conference

Wed 6th July 2022, 6.30pm–8.30pm  Bloomfield House Hotel - Westmeath Community Development have organised a Community Biodiversity Enhancement Initiative Workshop: For community groups interested in knowing more about the role biodiversity plays in combatting climate change, developing ideas with expert Biodiversity guidance, growing networking contacts, availing of funding opportunities. For further details and to register, please email: asduffy@westcd.ie or leader@westcd.ie