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Heritage Week 2023


Event guides available from all libraries and KCC offices.



Finding Brigid: A Walking Tour of Kilcullen Finding Traces of Brigid in the Landscape and Lore

Date Change: to Sat 19th


St. Patrick's College Maynooth Tour - A Student of the Sixties

Time Correction: 11.30 - 12.30 and 14.30 - 15.30


Additional events that were advertised after event guide was produced


It Started with Steam: A Look at the Coal Mining Industry in the 19th Century

For Heritage Week there will be an Exhibition of Sketches and Text on the Coal Mining Industry. All welcome.

Date:                         Sat 12th – Sun 20th

Time:                         09.00-17.00

Venue:                       The Steam Museum, Lodge Park, Straffan, Co. Kildare, W23 X8N4


Telephone:                 083 016 8338

Admission:                 Free


Tours of Leixlip Castle in association with Historic Houses of Ireland

Open Days at Leixlip Castle, Leixlip, Co. Kildare Leixlip Castle was built c. 1172 by Adam de Hereford, a Norman knight who accompanied Strongbow to Ireland. Renovated in the mid-eighteenth century and again in 1837, it incorporates all the different building layers in a remarkably complete 'Georgian Gothick' fusion with a regular four bay front above the river. Leixlip Castle has been home to the Guinness family since 1958.

Booking required

Date:                         Sat 12th – Sun 20th

Time:                         09.00-13.00 - Tour times: 9:15am, 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm

Venue:                       Leixlip Castle, Main Street Leixlip


Tel:                            01-6244430

Booking:                    email or phone 01-6244430

Admission:                 €8 Adults €4 Students, Children & OAPs


Sat 12th

En Plein Air Painting Workshop with artist Nina Patterson at Kilgar Gardens, Kilcock

Come along join me for a treat day out. All levels, all materials supplied, all disciplines covered. Really looking forward to painting out at Kilgar House & Gardens. It’s such a treat to escape & paint outdoors in lovely surroundings, with good company, some laughs & a nice cuppa too!!! So, whether you are a complete beginner and have never held a brush before, or you are an experienced painter. Come along & enjoy. Stroll, sketch, paint, have a cuppa, watch a demo, more painting, chat. Choose your medium, get set up and paint the day away!! En Plein Air Painting workshop with Irish Artist Nina Patterson. Take some time out to relax & unwind. Experience this half day outdoor painting workshop. With lots of hands on help & one to one tuition. Try something new or develop your skills. Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pastel, Charcoal. Guidance is given on: Selecting your medium; Finding & developing your own unique style; Composition - making your mark; Colour selection & balance; Painting process & techniques; Demonstrations given. All materials supplied. Refreshments included.

Booking Required - places are limited. - €90.00

Date:                          Sat 12th

Time:                          10.00-14.30

Organiser:                   Nina Patterson

Venue:                        Kilgar House & Gardens, Kilgar House, Gallow, Ferrans, Kilcock, W23 E7FK

Telephone:                 0872977797
Booking Link:    

Cost:                          €90.00


Talk "Jonathan Swift and Celbridge"

A fascinating talk on Swift’s connections to Celbridge and Kildare. Covering Swift’s affair with Vanessa, his snide swipes at Conolly of Castletown in the Drapiers letters along with Swift’s connections to other big houses. The speaker is Alice Coughlan who trained as a literary reader for The Abbey Theatre. For all interested in the Swift Story, this is one you won't want to miss.

Tea Lane Graveyard in Celbridge is located 35 mins from Dublin City Center. Free Parking for this event is at Celbridge Abbey Car Park on Church Road with a 7 minute walk to the Chapel.

Date:                          Sat 12th

Time:                         14.30-15.30

Organiser:                 Tea Lane Graveyard Committee

Venue:                       Tea Lane Graveyard

Address:                    Church Road Celbridge

Telephone:                 087 9630719

Booking Link:  


A Taste of Heritage - Carton House

We are hosting an event which will take you on a journey through Carton House, Fairmont and meet with local suppliers who have created delicious food and drink that feature throughout our menus. Embracing the heritage of Carton House, Fairmont and the stories it holds, we have created an event that will give you a taste and feel of the heritage of Carton House, Fairmont and our surrounding areas.

Date:                          Sat 12th

Time:                         16.00-19.00

Organiser:                 Carton House

Address:                    Maynooth


Telephone:                (+353) 01 505 2000


Sun 13th

Cuppa For Climate Community Eco-Art + Culture Celebration

Join us for an eco-art and culture celebration, we’ll learn new skills + have fun while honoring our heritage.

A multigenerational, inclusion + diversity event Celebrating Ireland’s growing multiculturalism while learning about the area’s history + learning how to reconnect with nature to help create a better place for us all We’re bringing together local artists, musicians, nature lovers + cafe owners to bring you a magical experience Environmental Art Installations Clothes swap Eco-Friendly Workshops Nature Sharing Circle Biodiversity Walk Xiuh Medicine Music Spanish + Portuguese influenced refreshments by Cindy’s Cafe to include vegetarian + vegan options Discover a fusion of art, nature, music + fun for all ages + backgrounds! Encompassing the exploration of environmental themes, sustainable materials, and harmonious relationship between art and the natural world The Parish Centre Hall is a blue building located adjacent to Our Lady’s Nativity Church in Leixlip Served by bus + train networks, Leilxip Confey/Louisa Bridge Where possible please walk / cycle / scoot / use public transport, car pooling can be facilitated There is a ramp for easy wheelchair + buggy access A fundraising event for Friends of the Earth, kindly sponsored by Leixlip Tidy Towns Full schedule coming soon  

Booking required.

Date:                           Sun 13th

Time:                          10.00-17.00

Organiser:                 Leixlip Tidy Towns

Venue:                       Our Lady’s Nativity Parish Centre, Main Hall

Address:                    Old Hill, Leixlip, Co Kildare


Telephone:                0864464686

Booking Link:  


Life in Water - Family Day Out

We welcome people to come along and learn about our local waterways and biodiversity, highlighting actions that everyone can take to help protect them as part of our heritage. People can sign up for a barge trip, attend a Walk-n-Talk by Nuala Madigan of IPCC, and stop by our information booth to play games and enter our prize draw.

Booking required.

Date:                           Sun 13th

Time:                          10.00-17.00

Organiser:                 Sallins Biodiversity Group

Venue:                       Grand Canal Stores

Address:                    Sallins


Booking Link:  


Fri 18th

Naas Country Market Heritage Week Celebration

Naas Country Market will celebrate Heritage Week with a special market on August 18th, in The Moat Theatre. There will be a demonstration of making drop scones and soup, a demonstration on beekeeping and felt-work.

Date:                         Fri 18th

Time:                         9.30-12.15

Organiser:                  Naas Country Market

Venue:                       Naas Country Market at The Moat Theatre

Address:                    The Moat Theatre, Abbey Road, Naas, Co. Kildare


Telephone:                  0857712600




Sat 19th

The Magic and Myth of Irish Wildlife

The influence of wild animals throughout Irish folklore, mythology and legend. We at KWR believe that Irish wildlife is magical, as do our recent and distant ancestors. Join us in discovering the folk tales, myths and legends relating to the wild animals that have lived in Ireland throughout the centuries and how they have influenced our countries culture. Booking Required.

Date:                         Sat 19th

Time:                         14.00-15.30

Organiser:                  Kildare Wildlife Rescue

Venue:                        Kildare Wildlife Rescue

Address:                     Grey Abbey Rd, Kildare

Eircode:                      R51NV25


Telephone:                  00353868097979

Booking Link:    


St Davids Church, Naas, History Talk

St Davids Church, Naas, Co Kildare are planning a talk on its history on Saturday 19th August in the church at 3.00 pm, all are welcome. The talk will cover its 800 years of history concentrating on its association with Normans and its past associations with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. its connection with St Davids in Wales will also be covered.


Date:                          Sat 19th

Time:                          15.00-16.30

Organiser:                   St Davids Church of Ireland, Naas


Telephone:                  0879386319