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Skibbereen getting ready for a busy National Heritage Week

August 22nd, 2015 9:30 AM

By Southern Star Team

Children enjoying the Touch Tank event at Lough Hyne during last year's Heritage Week

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AS part of 2015 National Heritage Week (August 22-30th), Skibbereen Heritage Centre has organised a full programme of events.

The organisers have reminded the public that while all of the events are free of charge and open to all, spaces are limited, so booking is recommended.

On Saturday August 22nd. Terri Kearney of Skibbereen Heritage Centre will lead a guided walk in Lough Hyne. Join Terri on her daily walk around this local beauty spot to travel through 4,000 years of its history.

The walk takes about two hours and leaves from the car park at the base of Knockomagh Hill, Lough Hyne, at 2pm.

On Tuesday August 25th, Skibbereen Theatre Society presents its short pageant on the life of O’Donovan Rossa The Boldest Fenian Man.

This highly-acclaimed pageant will take place at 8pm in the Conference Room at Skibbereen Credit Union in Main Street.

After the pageant, at 8.30pm in the Conference Room, Philip O’Regan of Skibbereen Heritage Centre will give an illustrated talk on the life and times of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.

On Wednesday August 26th, you can join Philip O’Regan for an historical walking tour of Skibbereen town, which will focus primarily on the town’s Famine heritage.

The walk will leave from Skibbereen Heritage Centre at 6.30pm.

On Thursday August 27th, William Casey from Aughadown, a well-known local historian, will give a talk on Rev Edward Spring and his Mission. The talk will explore the nineteenth century Protestant mission, led by the Rev Edward Spring, to Cape Clear and the surrounding islands. It will examine its immediate and long term impacts and its legacy.

This talk will be at the Skibbereen Credit Union Conference Centre in Main Street at 8pm.

On Saturday August 29th two events will take place at Lough Hyne. From 12 noon to 2 o’clock, the north pier at the lough will be buzzing with activity when UCC scientists will present touch tanks with common species from the lake. People can see, handle and touch creatures normally only seen underwater while the scientists talk about them. This is a hugely popular event and the advice is to come early.

Then, from 2-4pm, Skibbereen Tidy Towns Association will hold its annual ‘Caring for Lough Hyne’ litter pick. All equipment provided. Please come along and help. Meet at the North Pier at 2pm.

All the events organised by Skibbereen Heritage Centre for Heritage Week are free of charge with an open invitation to everyone to attend. More information on all of these events can be found on Skibbereen Heritage Centre’s Facebook page.

Spaces on all of the walks and talks are limited so booking is essential. Please email Skibbereen Heritage Centre at [email protected], or telephone: 028 40900. Outdoor events are weather-dependent so, in the event of inclement weather, please check in with the Heritage Centre.

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