National Heritage Week 2019 Events

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Original Irish Hotels Heritage Week Events

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. Original Irish Hotels is proud to support National Heritage week, below are events that will be taking place between the 17th - 25th of August 2019.

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Tea and Tour at Beech Hill

22 August, 12pm - 3pm

Afternoon tea and a historic walking tour of the 400-year-old history of Beech Hill Country House.

Admission & Booking: Adult £10 /Child: £5. To book contact or call 028-7134-9279

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Honeymoon & Heartbreak

18 August, 7pm - 9pm

A cabaret of hotel stories set in Buswells Hotel with music, comedy and drama. A celebration of the history of Buswells Hotel told by you. Email us and tell us your story.

Do you have a Buswells Hotel story? Did you meet in Buswells? Did you have your first drink in Buswells Bar? Did you honeymoon in Buswells? Was your heart broken in Buswells? Did you live in Buswells? Did you work in Buswells?

Admission Free. To book contact or go to eventbrite here. Buswells Hotel are also hosting;

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Westport Historical Society Walk

21 August, 11am - 12:30pm

Ramble the streets of Westport with our heritage walk guided by Westport’s Historical Society. Steep yourself in time gone by, learning about the diverse and intriguing history of the town and region.

Westport Historical Society Heritage Walk. Booking is not necessary but it is advised to avoid disappointment. The cost is €6 per person, children go free.

To book contact Knockranny House Hotel and Spa on 09828600 or email

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McCabe International Rally

18 August, 3pm - 6pm

A meeting of all interested in the McCabe name to share stories, heritage and memorabilia in Sliever Russell Hotel

Admission Free

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Mills and Milling in Castle Hotel Macroom

21 August, 8pm - 9:30pm

'Mills and Milling', Dr Colin Rynne (UCC) and Kate Taylor (TVAS Ireland). A public lecture relating to a historic mill complex excavated on the N22 Baile Bhuirne to Macroom road project.

Excavated at Kilaclug, west of Macroom, this long forgotten mill complex yielded many secrets and expands our understanding of the early industrial heritage of West Cork. An online ‘Story Map’ of all archaeological sites excavated in advance of the proposed new N22 road scheme will also be launched on the night. All are warmly welcome to this free event. You can Book Here.

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Dingle Secret Stories Walking Tour

21 August, 10am - 11:30am

With a history dating back to the early 1800's, the historic Dingle Benners Hotel is a fitting location to begin this unique walking tour. The tour finishes with tea, coffee & pastries in the hotel.

Join us at 10am for this unique walking tour. With a history dating back to the early 1800's, Dingle Benners Hotel is a fitting location to begin your tour. Your guide Kevin O'Shea will then take you on a walking tour of our town & share the secrets of our history. This is an easy walking tour around Dingle town and will take a little over an hour. Founded in the 12th century by the Normans, Dingle was & remains an important port & you will enjoy stories including link to Marie Antoinette.

Admission & Booking

Adult: €12.00 / Child: €6.00 / Family: €25.00. To book contact 0669151638

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Living History: Letter Writing 1809 - A part of The Ellen Hutchins Festival

23 August, 2pm - 4pm

Ellen Hutchins Festival event: Learn writing practices of 1809, write with a quill pen and hear about Ellen’s correspondence; with Carrie O’Flynn, re-enactor and Madeline Hutchins, researcher.

In the period setting of Seaview House Hotel, using accurately-researched clothing and museum-quality reproduction items, re-enactor Carrie will introduce participants to letter-writing practices of the early 1800s. Learn about postage systems, stationery and etiquette before trying your hand at writing using period-appropriate quills and paper. See letters of Ellen’s, and hear from Madeline about Ellen’s intense 7-year correspondence with botanist, Dawson Turner. Tea and scones can be ordered for 4pm.

Admission Free, to book contact

For further information about the Heritage Council including our initiatives, grants programmes, history and structure, visit the Heritage Council website.