Calendar of Events
NB: All events are FREE OF CHARGE (unless otherwise stated). Places are LIMITED so BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL! For further information, or to make a booking, please contact (091) 532460 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To view or download our full programme of events for July - December 2015 click HERE.
Saturday 1 August, 11am – 12.30pm
WORKSHOP: DIY – Food in Prehistory
Join archaeologist Anne Carey to learn what the earliest communities in Ireland ate and how they produced their food. Afterwards have a go at grinding grain and making Neolithic bread.
Age 7 – 12
Saturday 8 August, 11am – 12.30pm
WORKSHOP: DIY – Food in Early Historic Ireland
Join archaeologist Anne Carey and, using the Brehon Laws and archaeological evidence, piece together the Gaelic Irish diet and see how it changed over time. Afterwards try your hand at making butter and see how yeast works.
Age 7 – 12
Saturday 15 August, 2pm – 3pm
ILLUSTRATED TALK: On the Run with Colm Ó Gaora
Born in Ros Muc in 1887, Colm Ó Gaora was an Irish-language teacher with the Gaelic League and a key figure in the IRB and Irish Volunteers in the West. His autobiography Mise (1943) is one of the best-known accounts of the War of Independence in the Irish language. Join Mícheál Ó hAodha, University of Limerick, as he tells the fascinating story of Ó Gaora and his fight for Irish freedom.
Saturday 22 August, 2pm – 3.30pm
WALKING TOUR: Fact Vs Fiction
Did you know that the Lynch Memorial Window is a 'tourist trap'? Should the truth ever get in the way of a good story? Join street guide Seán Leonard on a walking tour of the inner town as he discusses the interplay between history and storytelling: the somewhat blurred lines between fact and fiction that come together to create the identity of Galway.
Wednesday 26 August, 2pm – 3.30pm
WALKING TOUR: The Corrib's Industrial Past
To mark this year's Heritage Week theme – 'our industrial past' – Michael Quinn, Dúchas na Gaillimhe / Galway Civic Trust, will lead a leisurely stroll along the banks of the River Corrib and its associated waterway during which he will examine the history of Galway’s various water-powered industries, as well as the social and ecclesiastical heritages of the waterways. For bookings contact the Civic Trust on (091) 564946.
Saturday 29 August, 11am – 12.15pm
WORKSHOP: Harvest Knots
At harvest time, in some part of Ireland, men and women wove pieces of straw to make ornate harvest knots, which were then exchanged as love tokens. Join Tom Doyle to learn more about this custom and try your hand at making one.
Family Event / Age 7+
Saturday 29 August, 2pm – 3.15pm
There are many harvest superstitions associated with the cutting of the last sheaf, which was sometimes ornately woven to make a cailleach, meaning 'hag'. Join Tom Doyle as he talks about traditions associated with the harvest and demonstrates how to fashion a cailleach using straw. Afterwards try your hand at making one.