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Ruth Marshall will be spinning yarns in the Friary on Saturday. Photograph by John Kelly

Plenty more Heritage Week events to enjoy in Clare

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THERE are many Heritage Week events still to enjoy in county Clare over the coming four days, a selection of which we will round up here.

In Scariff, Irish Seed Savers will host an exciting ‘Food Heritage for Biodiversity’ event on Sunday (August 21), from 11am to 5pm.

‘Sustainable Heritage’ and ‘Biodiversity’ are the themes for this year’s National Heritage Week and in exploring this further Irish Seed Savers have lined up a series of talks, tours and tastings which aim to deepen our connection with Ireland’s food crop heritage, natural environment and biodiversity.

A Biodiversity Treasure Hunt for children will take place at 1pm and 3pm and live

traditional music throughout day to accompany the schedule of events:

  • 11am Seed Saving Demonstration with Deirdre Morrissey, Seed Curator at Irish Seed Savers
  • 12am Guided Orchard, Log Bee Hive Tour & Heritage Apple Tasting
  • 1pm Growing & Saving Seed for Biodiversity Walking Tour with Tristan Lienhard, Head Gardener at Irish Seed Savers
  • 2pm Hedgehog Walk & Talk, Bev Truss, The Hogsprickle
  • 2.30pm Seed Saving Demonstration
  • 2.45 Bat Talk, Susan Kerwin, Bat Rehabilitation Ireland
  • 3pm Preparing an area for a Garden with Jim Cronin (Talk & Demonstration)
  •  4pm Guided Biodiversity Garden Tour

The Seed Savers café is open for refreshments 11am to 4pm. There is a €10 entry fee and free entry for Seed Savers supporters and for children.

Tickets are available at FoodHeritage.eventbrite.ie and the full programme is online at Irishseedsavers.ie/events

In Lisdoonvarna meanwhile, on Friday, August 19 from 11am-12pm there will be a walk and talk with Dr Eamon Doyle to explore the geology and hydrology of Lisdoonvanra.

Meet at the library for the walk which ends at the Spa wells.

Straight after, from 12:30-3pm, a presentation will be offered by the Lisdoonvarna Historical Society at the iconic Pump Room in the Spa wells Heritage Centre.
This will be followed by a walk and talk of the Spa wells Gardens by the Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns.

this will be repeated on Saturday, from  11am – 1:30pm

Later that day, from 2pm-3.15, there will be a World food Fiesta and musical treats. This culinary feast will include a food demonstration by Peter Jackson, The Roadside Tavern, Lisdoonvarna. The variety of food stalls will have offerings of taste sensation from around the world.

The from 3:30 – 5:30pm, there will be a musical world celebration with music and traditional dance by local Irish and Ukrainian singers and musicians.

On Sunday, Kilrush and District Historical Society will be conducting a walking tour of Kilrush hotels, meeting at Cappagh Pier at 3pm.

This free walking tour will chart the fascinating and forgotten history of Kilrush Hotels. Dress for the weather, which may be unsettled. Wear appropriate footwear.

On Saturday in Ennis, storyteller Ruth Marshall will be helping to bring history to life with a ‘Storytelling for Biodiversity’ event at Ennis Friary this weekend for Heritage Week. As part of Ennis Friary’s Heritage Week events for 2022 Ruth aims to open people’s eyes to the wonders of nature through her tales of Francis – a real historic figure who saw all of nature as filled with life and spirit.

This storytelling event on Saturday from 2pm to 3pm is free and is suitable for children aged from 5 to 12, although adults are very welcome to join in.

Though the event is free, tickets need to be booked on eventbrite

Also on Saturday join Cuimhneamh an Chláir at St Tola Goat Cheese Farm at 2pm, for an exploration of the disappearing language of farming in the county.

Places are free but limited, as St. Tola’s is a working farm.  For tickets please email us at events@clarememories.ie.

Meanwhile the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre continues to host local suppliers from different parts of the county.

Other activities will take place daily between 10am to 4pm. Storytellers will recount tales from the cliffs and the surrounding area, there will free guided tours of the site offered twice daily, birdwatching, a talk on the tradition of surfing Aileen’s Wave at Aille na Searach, and music, dance and interactive demonstrations.

Meanwhile, children will be invited to take part in Biodiversity Treasure Hunts in which they will have to seek out etchings scattered throughout the visitor attraction as well as identifying the natural flowers at the Cliffs of Moher.

St. Patrick’s hall in Corofin, Co.Clare and a few locations in the surrounding Burren area will be the venues for a day long programme of events celebrating community action for Heritage on Saturday.

This celebration which will take place during Heritage Week is being hosted by Burrenbeo Trust, a landscape charity that has been engaged in heritage education and community-led conservation for over 20 years.

For further info and booking visit burrenbeo.com/cfh. For queries or comments please contact info@burrenbeo.com.

Fiona McGarry
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Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald.
Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti.
She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway.
If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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