Heritage Week 2023 runs from Saturday 12th – Saturday 19th August inclusive.
‘National Heritage Week celebrates all things heritage related. It brings together communities and cultural institutions, academics and enthusiasts, to build awareness about the value of heritage and support its conservation.’
Read on to get a information on the events we have planned. Remember all events are free, some may require advance booking.
|13th August – 20th August
A series of recoloured old postcards from our collections depicting sites around Kilkenny from the early 20th Century
An image goes ‘live’ every day on our social media channels
The General Election 1923
‘A general election took place in August 1923, it was one of the most important in the county’s history.
Coming just three months after the Civil War ended, the sometimes-vicious campaign ended with something of a surprising result. Find out what happened in this podcast hosted by historian Eoin Swithin Walsh‘
This goes ‘live’ on 15th August on the library website, www.kilkennylibrary.ie
Genealogy one to one
Book in for a one to one session with our highly experienced staff member Damien Brett and break down the brick walls as you unravel your family history.
Seven 30-minute slots are available from 9.30am to 2.30pm in Loughboy library to go through the various online resources available to help with discovering your family history.
Booking essential, contact 056 7794176
9.30 – 13.00
|Local Studies Department, Library Headquarters
Genealogy one to one
Book in for a one to one session with highly experienced staff member Damien Brett and break down the brick walls as you unravel your family history.
Six 30-minute slots are available from 9.30am to 1pm in Local Studies, John’s Green House, Kilkenny to go through the various online resources available to help with discovering your family history.
Booking essential, contact 056 7794160
10.30 – 13.00
Join Maura Brennan at Thomastown Library as we embark on a tour of biodiverse spaces in the area, to explore the importance of native wild flowers and plants for biodiversity and pollinators.
Participants will learn a range of hands on practical surveying skills using the Library Citizen Science Kit as well as how to record the findings
through the National Biodiversity Data Centre. This workshop is aimed at both beginners and enthusiasts interested in participating in biodiversity initiatives.
Phone 056 7794331 or email email@example.com to book a place.
14.00 – 15.30
Recording Milk Chun Stands workshop
Milk churn stands (aka creamery stands) played an important part in the rural economy and communication until the early 1980s, but are now often overlooked. How many are there, where are they and what state are they in? You can help answer these questions by becoming part of a world wide, sustainable project to record them on OpenStreetMap and Wikimedia. In this workshop, you will learn how to record photographs and local history on Wikimedia and how to map milk churn stands on OpenStreetMap. Both are OpenData platforms which means that the data is accessible for anyone to use and work with. You can use the skills you acquire in the workshop to record any type of built heritage, including holy wells, mass paths, forges and many more. Please come along with photographs and stories about milk churn stands in your area! If you have photographs on your phone, it would save some time on the day.
10.00 – 13.00
Genealogy one to one
Damien Brett from Kilkenny Library will be on hand to give one to one workshop on how to research your family tree using freely available on-line sources. Each session will be 30 minutes long between 10.00 am - 1.00 pm.
Ring Graig library to book on 056 7794178
A walk to Kilkenny outdoor areas to explore the importance of native wild flowers and plants for biodiversity and pollinators.
Participants will learn a range of hands on practical surveying skills using the Library Citizen Science Kit as well as how to record the findings through the National Biodiversity Data Centre. These workshops are aimed at both beginners and enthusiasts interested in participating in biodiversity initiatives.
Phone 056 7794176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place
18.00 - 19.00
‘The Decade of Centenaries: A Recap’
A talk giving an overview of 1912-1923 in Kilkenny and how the county commemorated those events 100 years later with writer/historian Eoin Swithin Walsh