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Galway Heritage Week 23rd - 31st August 2014

  • Galway Heritage Week 23rd - 31st August 2014


    Galways rich heritage is set to be celebrated in a range of events across the city and county as part of National Heritage Week.

    Some local free events are available in Galway City Museum

    For a full list of Galway Events for Heritage Week, visit: www.heritageweek.ie

    Galway City Museum is located about a 5 minute walk from the Harbour Hotel, just behind the Spanish Arch. Below are some of the highlights of local events for Heritage Week. 

    PLEASE NOTE: 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 .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)



    Saturday 16 August, 2pm – 3pm
    TALK: Sending Out Galway's Workhouse Paupers 
    In the 1850s, thousands of Irish paupers were shipped from Irish workhouses to North America as part of an assisted emigration scheme. Join Dr. Gerard Moran as he recounts the story of fifty-three girls from Mountbellew Union workhouse who were sent to Canada. 

    Saturday 23 August, 2pm – 3pm
    HERITAGE WEEK TALK: City of the Tribes
    Galway is known as the 'City of the Tribes', named after the fourteen merchant families – Athy, Blake, Bodkin, Browne, Darcy, Deane, Font, French, Joyce, Kirwin, Lynch, Martin, Morris and Skerrett – who controlled the medieval town. Join author Adrian Martyn to find out about these tribes and why the city is named in their honour.
    Age 12+

    Wednesday 27 August, 2pm - 3pm
    TALK: The Story of the Connemara Pony

    According to folklore, following the sinking of the Spanish Armada off the coast of Connemara, a herd of Andalusian horses came ashore and interbred with native ponies, resulting in the distinct Connemara pony. Join author and pony-expert Pat Lyne as she discusses the history and heritage of Ireland's only indigenous breed of horse.
    Age 12+

    Thursday 28 August, 3pm – 4pm
    HERITAGE WEEK TOUR: Walking Tour of Galway

    To celebrate Galway Walled Towns Day, join Jim Higgins, City Heritage Officer, for a walking tour of our historic and architecturally fascinating city. Meeting in museum courtyard. Weather dependent.
    Age 12+ (no booking required)

    Saturday 30 August, 11am – 12.15pm

    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 30 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.




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