Heritage news and events 28th June

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Ursula.Harper • 29 June 2022


'Threading the Táin’ is a 5 piece stitch tapestry inspired by the Táin Bó Cuailgne, created by a team of 6 artists and over 40 volunteers across five counties, including Westmeath, is now on display in Roscommon County Council until 22nd July

The creation of the tapestry is captured in a new film 'The Making of Threading the Táin' and is available to view on Youtube: https://youtu.be/1NLRFkLJEaA

The tapestry and the film were funded through Creative Ireland


New Decade of Centenaries Project in Westmeath: A new project being run by the Decade of Centenaries Creator in Residence Oliver Fallen of Bailey and Blake Film Productions aims to collect memories of the War of Independence and the Civil War period, that have been handed down within families. To capture what people are saying about these two important times in Irish history - the War of Independence and the Civil War and how they were seen and experienced by people in every part of Westmeath. Oliver Fallen is keen to meet with interested people who are engaged with older people and to assist with interviewing. The project aims to submit stories into the National Folklore Collection in UCD. If you would like to get involved contact Oliver on (087) 2539010 or email: oliverfallenbailey@gmail.com


The Courts Service’s centenary commemoration events and initiatives taking place to commemorate the battle and occupation of the Four Courts and the destruction of the Public Records Office 100 years ago this month. A Four Courts 100 App is available from App stores now and provides a virtual tour of the Four Courts, an exhibition launched on 24th June and a series of guided tours of the Four Courts commenced with effect from 25 June. The App can be downloaded from either of these links: https://apps.apple.com/ie/app/four-courts-100/id1630115091



an Audit of Oral Heritage Collections in County Westmeath is being undertaken with an aim to identify recorded collections of oral heritage and folklore that have been undertaken over the decades, in both private and public bodies. This can range from professional work undertaken by the Irish Folklore Commission to a community collection of folk traditions and customs, or a family recording, undertaken to document the memories of a grandmother. It can go from a shoebox of old tapes to digitally recorded interviews in more recent times. The audit is limited to spoken word recollections, as distinct from recordings of music and singing etc.  It is important to note that the project is not seeking to physically take collections, but instead is aimed at compiling a detailed list of what has been recorded as well as information about the collections, like their current location, format, content etc.  Mac Conmara Heritage Consulting (MCC), leading experts in the fields of heritage, oral history and delivering large-scale cultural audits, have been appointed to lead the audit, which will run until October 2022. When complete, the audit will be available to the public online. If you have any information on collections or recordings please contact macconmaraheritage@gmail.com or (087) 9160373.


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.


Pre-draft Consultation on a new Heritage and Biodiversity Plan for Westmeath is open until Fri 8th July. For details and to make a submission see: https://consult.westmeathcoco.ie/en/consultation/preparation-combined-heritage-and-biodiversity-plan-westmeath-2023-2027 Submissions are also welcome via email: heritage@westmeathcoco.ie or post: The Heritage Office, Westmeath County Council, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. N91 FH4N.




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.


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

Sat 6th August 11am - 5pm and Sun 7th August 11am - 4pm Vikings at Dún na Sí -  fun, family days out. Viking reenactors, all in traditional costume, crafts people and traders with hand made goods will descend upon and camp at Dún na Sí. The Vikings will be camped in the grounds of Dún na Sí. A replica 20ft ship will also be on display. There will be demonstrations throughout each day by crafts people using medieval tools and ancient skills and will include, woodworking, cooking displays, pottery, jewellery making, blacksmith works and rune readings.  For more information visit www.dunnasi.ie/tickets