Heritage News & Events

Heritage News from Westmeath & Ireland - 22nd Feb 2024

The Archaeology Research Grants Scheme in partnership with the National Monuments Service (Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage), and the Historic Environment Division (Department for Communities, NI) is now open for applications. The scheme operates on an all-island basis and welcomes proposals for smaller-scale archaeological research associated with the archaeology of Ireland and/or Northern Ireland.

The Archaeology Radiocarbon Dates Scheme in association with Queen's University Belfast the Royal Irish Academy facilitates dating for up to twelve applicants per annum to be used for the purposes of archaeological research in Ireland and/or Northern Ireland. The deadline for applications is 29 March and the schemes are open to archaeological researchers/archaeologists, including undergraduate students, postgraduate students, and PhD candidates. Any queries can be directed to grants@ria.ie

Heritage Council Community Heritage Grant Scheme opens for applications 23rd Feb for details see: https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/funding/funding-schemes


Sat 24th Feb BirdWatch Ireland Westmeath Branch Outing to Glen Lough Nature Reserve and Lough Iron. Meet at the Nature Reserve at 10:30am

Sun 25th  Feb Native Woodland Trust Westmeath Branch are hosting an event in Ardan Wood to remove the Snowberry plants (Invasive Species) to give our planted Oak trees a better opportunity. To find out more about the event and to register for a FREE ticket, follow the link below: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/835945524567?aff=oddtdtcreator

Tues 27th Feb Watty’s Rock, Finnea 8pm Meeting for all interested in getting involved in the Westmeath Field Names Recording Project in this part of the County.

Wed 28th Feb Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar 8pm; Westmeath Archaeological and Historical Society, “From Cregganbaun, Co.Mayo to Kiltoom Co. Westmeath. A case study in land commission migration in the 1950s” A lecture by Mary & John Burke. Mementoes from 1950’s migration will be on display, poems composed to mark the occasion will be recited and songs commemorating the move east will be sung. Refreshments will be served.

Thurs 29th  Feb Navan Library at 7.30pm Meath Archaeological and Historical Society  lecture by Dr Angus Mitchell, "Antiquarians on the Hill of Uisneach and the Threshold of Irish History (1906-1916)".

Sun 10th March -Creggan Court Hotel, Athlone; Training Day and a call for volunteers to take part in the Countryside Bird Survey (CBS) free training day. Register your interest here: https://form.jotform.com/240446691034353

Tues 12th March St Michael’s Hal, Castletown Geoghegan, 7:30pm; talk by Dr Paul Gosling who will explore the story of Queen Medb’s epic winter raid to steal a prize bull from Cooley, Co. Louth  as well as assessing Fr Callary’s unique and detailed re-telling of An Táin Bó Cúailnge in the Westmeath Examiner 1957-58, particular emphasis will be given to Garhy, the supposed centre-point of the final tumultuous battle between Queen Medb’s Connaught forces and those of Conchobar  Mac Neassa, king of Ulster.