Something for everybody during Heritage Week

Released: 12 August 2008

Heritage Week 2008 commences on 24th August and runs until 31st August 2008 highlighting our built and natural heritage around Kerry and Ireland.

This year there are a host of events ranging from guided walks, talks and workshops as well as reduced fee or free access to many of our Heritage Centres.  The Heritage Office of Kerry County Council has assisted a number of Kerry based groups with events.

The Friends of Waterville Cable Station Committee are opening a permanent exhibition on memorabilia relating to the Commercial Cable Station at Tech Amergin, Waterville on Sunday August 31st at 3pm.  The exhibition will trace the social history of the Cable Station between the years 1884-1962.  Admission is free.

Marine Dimensions, run by marine biologist Sarah Varian, is organising a seashore safari and fun filled day at Derrynane beach, Caherdaniel.  There will be a sand castle competition and shark eggcase hunt included in the day long event.  Meet at Derrynane House, Caherdaniel at 2.30pm, Sunday August 24th.  Please wear appropriate clothing.  The event is free.

Dr Sean Lucey, Oxford Brookes University, will give a lecture on the history of Poor Law and Local Government in Kerry.  The Poor Law Union formed the basis of Local Government in nineteenth century Ireland and had a wide range of functions.  One of the most prominent was the management of workhouses, six of which were located in Kerry.  Dr Lucey will discuss how the Poor Law and Local Government became central to the history, culture and heritage of the county.  The lecture is to be held at Tralee Library, time and date to be announced.

Heritage Week is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council with support from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and it is part of European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union.

For further information or queries regarding events taking place during Heritage Week please see the Heritage Week website at www.heritageweek.ie.  Alternatively you can callsave the Heritage Council on 1850 200 878 or email the Heritage Council at events@heritagecouncil.com.

For Kerry specific enquires please contact Cathy Fisher, Heritage Officer (Temporary) at Kerry County Council on 066 7183815.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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