Kerry County Museum - Heritage Week Events 2016

Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th August 2016

Kerry County Museum has unveiled a packed programme of events to be held to coincide with Heritage Week which runs from 20th to 28th August 2016. As well as a lecture on the Kerry witnesses at the trial of Roger Casement, there will be a walking tour of medieval Tralee and a display of the dresses worn by the Roses of Tralee over the past 56 years.
More information is available from the Kerry County Museum on 066 7127777

Rose of Tralee Fashion Exhibition

Wednesday 17th – Sunday 28th August, daily 10am – 5pm (closed for lunch 1.15-2pm)
See the fabulous dresses worn by the Roses of Tralee over the past 56 years. Highlights include a recreation of the dress worn by the first Rose of Tralee, Alice O'Sullivan, in 1959.

Celebrating Tralee 800: Walking Tour of Medieval Tralee

Saturday 27th August 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Did you know that hidden beneath the attractive Georgian streets and houses of Tralee lie the remains of a secret honeycomb of medieval streets and alleyways? Join Education Officer Claudia on a guided walking tour around Tralee to discover the vanished medieval town. The tour starts and ends at the Museum and will take about 40 minutes. Free entry to the Medieval Experience before or after the walking tour is also part of this Heritage Week event. Numbers limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

Celebrating Tralee 800: Free Entry to the Medieval Experience

Sunday 28th August 10:00 AM to 16:00 PM
As part of the year long celebration of Tralee800, we are offering free entry to the Medieval Experience on the last day of Heritage Week - a treat for all the family!
Dress up in medieval costume and stroll through the streets and houses of Tralee in the year 1450, complete with the sounds and smells. Tralee was founded by John FitzThomas Fitzgerald in 1216 and remained the principal town of the FitzGeralds throughout the Middle Ages. Tralee 800 celebrates the proud history of Kerry's capital town.

Commemorating 1916: Lunchtime Lecture - The Ardfert Witnesses at the Casement Trial

Thursday 25th August 13:10 PM to 13:55 PM
Museum curator Helen O'Carroll will shed light on the stories of the five civilians that witnessed the arrival of Roger Casement to Kerry in 1916 and subsequently gave their evidence at his trial.
The story of Casement’s arrival in Kerry is well known around Ireland, how he came ashore on Banna Strand, was then captured at McKenna’s fort and subsequently tried and hung for high treason. John McCarthy, Mary Gorman, Martin Collins, Michael Hussey and Maurice Moriarty were the five witnesses to Casement’s time in Kerry and who were then called to give evidence at his trial in London. Helen will discuss how the lives of the five witnesses were changed irrevocably by their chance sighting of Casement during his 31 hours in Kerry. Feel free to explore our major exhibition "Casement in Kerry: a revolutionary journey" after the talk.

Commemorating 1916: Behind the scenes - The Making of Media Rising, an interactive 1916 exhibition

Saturday 27th August 15:00 PM to 16:00 PM
The creative team behind "Media Rising", an interactive exhibition which brings the little known stories of 1916 to life, will shed light on the making of this innovative project.
Media Rising was launched at Kerry County Museum in May 2016. In the exhibition, history is brought into the present day, through the use of new and innovative technology. Media Rising is produced by Noel Nash, Liam McElligott, Jenny Plunkett and Aine Brennan, BA (Hons) Design for Interactive Multimedia, Institute of Technology Tralee.

Film: In the Name of Freedom

Friday 26th August 18:00 PM to 19:15 PM
2016 is not only the year that Ireland commemorates the centenerary of the Easter Rising but also the Bicentenary of Argentine Independence. Member of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Cristina Aguilera, will introduce and show ‘In the Name of Freedom’, a film about Ireland's and Argentina’s fight for Independence.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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