Heritage Week: 10 free events

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Phoenix Park Dragonfly Day

There’s more than deer in Dublin’s Phoenix Park – and no, we’re not talking about the zoo. Join this presentation and walk to one of the many ponds within the park and discover the secret lives of the capital’s dragonflies…

When: August 24th (11am-12.30pm)

Where: Phoenix Park Visitor Centre

Parking: Yes

Is booking required? No

Details: 01 677-0095; phoenixpark.ie

Inishowen Archaeology 

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Join the West Inishowen History & Heritage Society and friends for this award-winning Family Fun Day/Archaeology for Kids. Events begin at the Exchange at 1.30 pm. There will be games, painting, dressing up and of course a trip to the beach!

When: August 20, 1.30-4.30pm;

Where: The Exchange, Castle Ave, Ardaravan, Buncrana,

Parking: Yes

Is booking required? No

Details: 074 936-2572; facebook.com/westinishowenhistory

Sligo Bat Detectives

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Wanna take a walk on the wild side? You can be a Bat Detector (and see an actual one in action) on this walk with a Wildlife Ranger at Lissadell. Hearing bats echo-locate is an amazing experience… be sure to wear hi-viz jackets and bring your own torch.

Is booking required? Yes

Details: 085 853-5823

Glendalough Big Dig

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What’s it like to be an archaeologist? Find out at this Glendalough dig, where children can explore the Viking world through a simulated and controlled archaeology dig taking place next to the main monastic complex.

When: August 27; 11am-5pm

Where: Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Parking: Yes

Is booking required? Yes

Details: 087 755-6808; eventbrite.ie

Limerick history on a bike

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Here’s a family-friendly tour with a difference – during which guests follow an historic trail of churches and organs around Limerick on two wheels. Bring your own bike or use the City Bikes – listening to music, stories and seeing the city from a whole different angle.

When: August 24, 27, 28 (2pm-5pm); August 25 (5.45pm-8pm)

Where: St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick (24th & 25th); Christ Church/Central Buildings, Limerick (27th & 28th)

Parking: No

Is booking required? Yes

Details: 061 407501; lpof.ie

Swords Castle History Dig

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Swords Castle is seeking volunteers over the age of 18 to dig, wash pottery and bag artefacts as part of Season 2 of its community dig. All are welcome to come to explore and enjoy, it says (just double-check with kids under the age of 18).

When: August 20-21 & August 23-28 (10-4.30pm)

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Where: Swords Castle, Swords, Co. Dublin

Car parking: No

Is booking required? No

Details: 01 890-5691; fingal.ie

Galway Cycle Seven Castles

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Slí na gCaisleán (‘The Way of the Castles’) is a heritage cycle trail along a picturesque route of lakes, bogs, farmland, meadows, botharíns, castles and woods. Bring your own bike, suitable clothing and packed lunch for the 25-mile loop.

When: August 21, 10-4.30pm

Venue Name: Terryland Castle, Dyke Road, Galway

Parking: No

Is booking required? Yes

Details: 091 564946; galwaycivictrust.ie

Cork Maritime Heritage

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Watch a Master Shipwright working on a traditional wooden boat. See a local fisherman demonstrate traditional netmaking. Enjoy the timeless sight of traditional boats tied up to the Pier, and join classes in traditional sculling in Baltimore Harbour.

When: August 21-28 (10am-6pm)

Where: Cuas Office on the Pier, Baltimore, Co. Cork

Parking: Yes

Is booking required? No

Details: 086 173-5560; maritimeheritageproject@gmail.com

Four Tipperary Walled Towns

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Join Michael Moylan from Irish History Live as your guide for a tour of the four walled towns in Tipperary of Clonmel, Carrick on Suir, Fethard and Cashel. Bus and lunch are provided, but booking is essential. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

When: August 22 (9.30am-4.30pm)

Where: Old St Mary’s Church, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary

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Parking: No

Is booking required? Yes

Details: 076 106-5254; tipperarycoco.ie

Ballymena Biodiversity

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Get ready to explore and unearth the natural environment in this community garden, discovering all the wonderful living things that call it home, through games, planting activities and a bug hunt!

When: August 25; 1-3pm

Where: Virgin Mary Community Garden, Shangan Rd.

Parking: Yes

Is booking required? Yes

Details: 01 883-2185; globalactionplan.ie

Wexford Walled Town Medieval Day

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This free family fun day features falconry displays, children’s digging pits, viking shield making, medieval pottery making, medieval archaeology exhibition and guided walking tours of town wall.

When: August 27, 11am-5pm.

Where: Westgate Tower, Ferrybank South, Wexford

Parking: No

Is booking required? No

Details: 053 9166910; wexfordcoco.ie

For more information on Heritage Week, visit heritageweek.ie.

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