Heritage News and Events - 23rd August

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Ursula.Harper • 23 August 2022


A huge thank you to everyone who organised and to all who attended Heritage Week events. We had over 40 events in Westmeath during the week – it was a really great week. Many of the indoor talks were recorded and will be made available on Westmeath County Council YouTube shortly. There were also 6 digital heritage projects and these projects can still be viewed on line: https://www.heritageweek.ie/projects?q=&where%5B%5D=westmeath#listings


Do you know a Heritage Hero? You can nominate an individual or organisation that has demonstrated – over a substantial period of time – an outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of heritage. See: https://www.heritageweek.ie/about/heritage-awards?fbclid=IwAR2oXoG4HpwEuSok_0TGHePH0ci2jjpxTciSGWqIgV_I3V4q7awOKJEuD_g


Heritage Week Awards This year the Heritage Week Award categories are as follows: County Heritage Event, Sustainable Heritage Award, Biodiversity Award, Wild Child Award, Water Heritage Award, Sustainable and Inclusive Event Award. Nominations for the National Heritage Awards are open until Monday, 5th September at 5pm. For details see: https://www.heritageweek.ie/about/heritage-awards?fbclid=IwAR2oXoG4HpwEuSok_0TGHePH0ci2jjpxTciSGWqIgV_I3V4q7awOKJEuD_g


Celebrating Women in Irish Mythology €10,000 in prizes available including €3000 for schools - international arts and research project celebrating the role of women in Irish Mythology,  created by Professor Ralph Kenna, is open for submissions, in any format, aural, visual or written,  Participation, through local research, can also be included until the start of November this year.

The project is funded by The L4 research collaboration, Coventry University and supported by Rathcroghan Visitor Centre in County Roscommon, Story Archaeology podcast and resource website The Irish Post newspaper. Find Full Details of the ‘ÉIRÍ’ project on www.storyarchaeology.com


Athlone Arts & Tourism is inviting applications for several positions at Luan Gallery and Athlone Castle;  Cultural Assistant on a fixed-term 2 year contract at Luan Gallery under the JobsPlus Scheme from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection; a panel for the post of part-time or seasonal Cultural Assistant at Athlone Castle during the 2022 and 2023 tourist seasons; a panel for the post of part-time or seasonal Cultural Assistant at Luan Gallery during the 2022 and 2023 tourist season;  part-time Caretaker on a fixed term 18-month part-time contract. Full details can be downloaded from http://www.athloneartsandtourism.ie/opportunities/


Latest Decade of Centenaries Blog from Historian in Residence Ian Kenneally 'Tragedy and Shame: the death of Michael Collins' https://bit.ly/3AhOUNQ explores the reactions of people in Westmeath to an event that stands as a singular moment in modern Irish history.




Daily until Fri 26th Aug (9:30am – 4pm), in the Atrium of County Buildings Mullingar Exhibition of Photographs by ETHOS (Everything Tyrellspass has, on show) the photographs feature the Heritage in and around Tyrrellspass and Lough Ennell.


Thurs 25th Aug., 8pm Meeting of Westmeath Field Names Recording Project – Project coordinator Aengus Finnegan will outline the project and how you can get involved.  If you are interested in getting involved in recording the names of the fields around Boher or in your area of Westmeath you are invited to attend.



Fri 26th Aug, 7pm Kilbixy Church, Ballynacarrigy Westmeath Rural Arts have organised an evening of poetry  in aid of Westmeath Hospice


Mon 29th Aug, 6pm – 7:30pm on an area of Council owned land in Coolure Demense Ecologist Alan Lauder will lead a workshop and Marsh Fritillary web count – There are Limited spaces available -  booking is essential – contact heritage@westmeathcoco.ie