Heritage Week Aug 2015

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August 22-30, 2015: National Heritage Week: West Inishowen History & Heritage Society Events

Heritage Week Schedule:

National Theme 2015 – ‘From mill to forge, from mind to hand – discovering Irelandʼs industrial past’ 

  • Saturday, August 22, 2015 (2.00 pm-6.00 pm):  Annual WIHHS National Heritage Week Family Fun DayJoin us as we celebrate the beginning of National Heritage Week at The Exchange Buncrana/Buncrana Beach. Events include: Archaeology for Kids at Buncrana Beach led by archaeologist John Hegarty; Fun day for all the family in The Exchange featuring a whole ranges of fun events; Documentaries will be shown upstairs in The Exchange, introduced by historians Michael L Gorry and Mari McLaughlin; and various talks will take place. All welcome. Refreshments will be served. Free admission (donations welcome). Small admission charge (€2) for the Archaeology for Kids event. For more information please click on the NHW’s individual events page, or our Facebook event page
  • Sunday, August 23, 2015 (3.00 pm-5.00 pm): Keeping with the theme for National Heritage Week, the West Inishowen History & Heritage Society are proud to present Industrial Heritage Walk of Buncrana. Historian Lisa Henderson will lead an informative walk around Buncrana’s main 19th and early 20th century industrial heritage sites (factories, mills, etc). Walk departs from The Exchange Buncrana at 3.00 pm. This event is free (donations welcome). For more information please click on the NHW’s individual events page, or our Facebook event page
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 (4.00 pm-5.30 pm): West Inishowen History & Heritage Society in conjunction with Buncrana Community Library are proud to present Buncrana’s Industrial Heritage (talk and walk). Local historian Mari McLaughlin will lead a walk around Buncrana’s key industrial heritage sites, providing discussion and information along the way. Walk departs from Buncrana Community Library (St. Mary’s Road) at 4 pm. Free of charge (donations welcome). For more information please see event entry on the National Heritage Week website
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 (The Exchange, Buncrana: 7.30 pm-9.00 pm): West Inishowen and the Lough Swilly RailwayJackie Henderson will present a talk about West Inishowen and the Lough Swilly Railway that serviced the area until the mid 20th century. Relevant artefacts will be on display during the talk. Free entry and refreshments will be provided (donations welcome). For more information see event entry on the National Heritage Week website, or our Facebook event page
  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 (The Exchange, Buncrana: 7.30 pm-9.30 pm): The Life and Hymns of Cecil Frances Alexander. Historian Michael L Gorry will deliver a talk on local hymn writer and wife of the Bishop of Derry, Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895). The talk will be followed by a live performance of her hymns by the youth choir Inis Cór, lead by Marie Fitzpatrick. Refreshments will be provided. Free admission (donations welcome). For more information please click on the NHW’s individual events page, or our Facebook event page

Other events West Inishowen History & Heritage Society are involved in this year:

  • Saturday, August 29, 2015 (Glencrow Hall, Moville: 4.00 pm-5.00 pm):  Inishowen Heritage Fair. As part of the Lands of Eogain Festival and in conjunction with the Bernican Studies Group West Inishowen History and Heritage Society will be in attendance to provide information on their activities and past, present and future projects. Come along and see what we and all the other history group and societies are up to in the Northwest. For more information please visit the Bernican Studies Group’s Facebook page
  • Sunday, August 30, 2015 (Dunree Hill & St. Mura’s old graveyard Fahan: various times between 1.00 pm-2.30 pm): in conjunction with the Bernican Studies Group West Inishowen History and Heritage Society speakers will give talks on early monastic sites in West Inishowen on site. The first takes place at St. Mura’s old graveyard Fahan (1.00 pm) and the second at Dunree hill (approx. 1.45 pm). Join us for an afternoon of glorious scenery and informative talks about early medieval monastic sites in your area. All welcome, free event (donations welcome). For more information please see the Bernican Studies Group website, their facebook pageor the individual event link on NHW’s website
  • Saturday, August 22-Sunday, August 30, 2015: Christ Church Buncrana and St. Mura’s Church of Ireland will be open for the duration of National Heritage Week for tourist visits and prayer. Come along and see two of the most historically important buildings in West Inishowen. West Inishowen History & Heritage Society will also be producing a pamphlet for visitors to Christ Church in Buncrana. Entry free of charge, donations very welcome.

***For more event details or National Heritage Week updates please go to our Facebook page, our Heritage Week 2015 page, the National Heritage Week Donegal Events Brochure, or the National Heritage Week’s official page***

For further information please contact us directly on our contacts page

Printable Poster here: WIHHS National Heritage Week Poster August 2015 – Copy

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