The Lea Castle Conservation Committee are inviting everyone from Laois to join them for an update of the Lea Castle Project during National Heritage Week.

This update will take place on Thursday 24 August, 8pm – 9pm in the newly re-furbished Portarlington Library on Main Street Portarlington Co. Laois

There is no admission charge and booking is not necessary. There is access for wheelchairs.

We are planning:

  • An introduction to the project by our chairperson – Stephen Kealy
  • Images of Lea Castle – PJ Goode
  • A taste of food from the medieval times from David Orford.

Coordinated by the Heritage Council, National Heritage Week is Ireland’s most popular cultural event and this year over 450,000 people are expected to participate in over 2,000 heritage events around the country.  Each year, thousands of people plan National Heritage Week events in their towns or villages.

National Heritage Week provides an opportunity to learn how to protect our natural, built, and cultural heritage. The week also showcases the conservation work and commitment of local communities for future generations. This year, National Heritage Week focuses on Ireland’s natural heritage and shows how we can all make small changes to preserve our natural environment for generations to come.

Find out more about the links between Ireland’s nature, history, culture, and heritage by participating in  tours, walks, talks, exhibitions, outdoor activities and more – from  wildlife boat tours to forest adventures for children.  There is something for everyone to enjoy during Heritage Week. Most of the events are free ensuring that heritage can be accessed and appreciated by all.

Two very special days take place during the week:

  • Wednesday 23 August is Wild Child Day and is dedicated to wild children everywhere with lots of great outdoors events planned.
  • Sunday 27 August is Water Heritage Day in partnership with the Local Authority Water and Communities Office with many events based around rivers, lakes and seas.

National Heritage Week is  an integral component of European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days is to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage – promoting Europe’s common cultural heritage.

For a full listing of all National Heritage Week events in Laois and around the country please go to:

Or pick up a brochure from your local library and Tourist Office

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