Week 2008 in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County
above left - The Russian Gun with the Romanov crest that features
in the Did You Know? exhibition
Pictured above right - Robert Mallet the father of the study of
earthquakes in the Did You Know? exhibition
Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has a number of events organised
for National Heritage Week which runs from August 24 to August
we become so familiar with that heritage that we do not see
the significance, beauty or interest of it. During Heritage
Week there are a number of events organised in the county for
you to engage with and enjoy your heritage. Now, you have no
Among the events taking place near you are:
A new Did You Know? exhibition opens in the County Hall, Dún
Laoghaire on Friday August 29th and runs until September 17th.
In this the father of seismology, exploding granite, a captured
Russian cannon, a lead mine under Killiney Hill, Ireland's first
air show, weathercocks on churches, the Merrion Estate and much
more will feature.
On Tuesday evening in the Council Chamber Rory O'Dwyer originally
from Blackrock and now a lecturer in History in UCC, will provide
a timely talk on the Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin in
1932 - one of the greatest public events in modern Irish history.
In an illustrated lecture the speaker, who is researching a
book on the 1932 Congress, will strive to recapture the remarkable
atmosphere which prevailed in Dublin, and indeed Ireland, at
On Wednesday evening in the Council Chamber Heritage Officer,
Tim Carey, will give an illustrated talk on the recent publication
In Honour and Memory: Memorials of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Among the county's memorials featured will be Beckett, Mallon,
Huggins, Alcock, George iv, Synge, O'Donovan, the Leinster,
Kickham, Casement and many more. How many have you walked past
and wondered about?
Also at Dalkey Castle, on Monday evening, Edward Bourke will
speak on the loss of the Prince of Wales and Rochdale ships
in 1807 at Seapoint and Blackrock which caused over 400 deaths
and led to the construction of the harbour at Dún Laoghaire.
Week is the final week of the summer to visit some of the council's
most important buildings. After a very successful regular opening
of these sites it is hoped that this increased access to the
county's heritage will be expanded next year. In the meantime
make sure you get take the chance to:
Travel back in time at Cabinteely House and experience a bygone
era with Earl Nugent from the eighteenth century at Cabinteely
House. Hear how he lived, socialised, travelled, was painted
by Gainsborough, married rich widows and died - open on Wednesday
and Sunday afternoon. Tours hourly between 1.00 and 4.00pm
Discover the gem of Celtic Renaissance Art at the Dominican
Oratory on Library Road, Dún Laoghaire open on Tuesday
and Saturday afternoons. Tours hourly between 1.00 and 4.00.
Get inside the iconic Obelisk on Killiney Hill - open on Sunday
afternoon. For a tour meet at the Tea Rooms Killiney Hill Park.
Tours hourly between 1.00 and 4.00pm
more information on all events see www.dlrcoco.ie/heritage,
or call the Heritage Officer at 01-205-4868.