Heritage News and Events 18th July

The latest Heritage and News from Westmeath Heritage

  • Decade of Centenaries Blog Posts the latest blogs by Historian in Residence Dr Paul Hughes are about the First Week of the Civil War in Westmeath: click here to read
  • Extended deadline!- Pre-draft Consultation on a new Heritage and Biodiversity Plan for Westmeath is open until Fri 22nd July. There are now 3 ways to Have your say on a new Heritage and Biodiversity plan for Westmeath


  • Sat 23rd July Áras and Mhuilinn, 11am Repair Acts Ireland are having a storytelling workshop with Jack Lynch & at 2pm  we're partnering with the Rediscovery Centre (Centre for Circular Economy) to hold a DIY workshop. You can register via eventbrite at www.repairacts.ie/events or just turn up!
  • Thurs 28th July Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar, 7.30pm: - Westmeath County Council’s Historian in Residence Dr Paul Hughes will give an illustrated talk  the formation of the Civic Guard in Westmeath - about the formation of the Civic Guard – later known as An Garda Síochána – in Westmeath 100 years ago. The event will be chaired by historian Seamus O’Brien, editor of the recently published collection of essays, Westmeath: history and society. Drawing on original source material, Dr Hughes will examine the changing face of policing in Ireland in 1922, and the challenges encountered by an unarmed police force embedding itself in the community during a time of civil war. 
    Dr Hughes will conclude his second term as Westmeath County Council Decade of Centenaries Historian in Residence at the end of this month, when Ian Kenneally will take up residency.
  • Fri 5th August Athlone Castle 1pm and 3pm Join Dave Swift for an enlightening demonstration of material culture of Viking and Early Norman Ireland as represented in archaeology & contemporary literature c. 920 – 1180. This demonstration will be based around museum grade reproductions of 10th to 12th century artefacts including arms and armour, numismatics/silver, dress, accessories, clothing/textiles and leather crafting. This free event does not include admission to Athlone Castle Visitor Centre. Register: info@athlonecastle.ie
  • Sat 6th August 11am - 5pm and Sun 7th August 11am - 4pm Vikings at Dún na Sí -  fun, family days out. Viking reenactors, all in traditional costume, crafts people and traders with hand made goods will descend upon and camp at Dún na Sí. The Vikings will be camped in the grounds of Dún na Sí. A replica 20ft ship will also be on display. There will be demonstrations throughout each day by crafts people using medieval tools and ancient skills and will include, woodworking, cooking displays, pottery, jewellery making, blacksmith works and rune readings.  For more information visit www.dunnasi.ie/tickets
  • Sat 13th –  Sun 21st August - Heritage Week – there are lots of events registered on line: https://www.heritageweek.ie/event-listings/p2?q&where[]=westmeath and print guides will be available soon –there’s still time to register an event on line and time to start planning your week!