If you hadn’t noticed by now, Ireland is celebrating National Heritage Week 2014 from Saturday 23rd August to Sunday 31st August. There were only three events registered for Midleton during this week. The first event was the Historical Walking Tour of Midleton on Sunday 24th at 3.00 pm. Despite the atrocious weather (part of our national heritage, really!), about twelve people joined me to view a selection of buildings and sites on Main Street and one or two side streets, finishing at the Rock. We explored aspects of the history of these places. The second event was held yesterday, Wednesday 27th August at 1.00 pm. This was a Genealogy/Family History Talk that I gave in Midleton Library. Thank God it was an indoors event, because, once again, the weather gods were in a foul mood, drenching the town with torrential downpours (I really must make more, and bloodier, sacrifices to these deities before next weekend!). One again my excuse is that the weather is part of our Irish heritage!
I wish to thank all those who braved the elements and joined me for these events – well done to you! And thanks to Emer Kelliher and the staff at Midleton Library for facilitating yesterday’s talk, as well as encouraging me to do the walking tours!
For those of you brave enough to risk creeping outdoors next Sunday, 31st August, I will lead another Historical Walking Tour of the town following the same route as last Sunday’s walk,
We will start at 3.00 pm from the Library door and head uptown (north towards the AIB bank) and then downtown (south towards Lewis Bridge and the Rock). In the best spirit of Heritage Week, the tour is free! (There are even rumours from the weathermen that my sacrifices to the weather gods may get a very favourable response! Or maybe the schools are back?).
See you there!
For more on Heritage Week 2014, check out: http://www.heritageweek.ie/