19
Aug
Lisdoonvarna Heritage Week 2017 Celebrating 150 years- Full Schedule
All day long
From 19-08-17 to 26-08-17

“Celebrating 150 years – Heritage Week Lisdoonvarna”

 

Lisdoonvarna Heritage Week will kick off with a 150th Party for the Pumps. Spread over 2 days with lots of free family friendly fun in the natural surroundings of the Spa Wells. Dress for the weather if attending outdoor activities and wellies for water adventures. The hall will be used when necessary and possible.

 

The first pump was installed in the Spa Wells in 1867ad. That’s 150 years ago! We think that’s something to celebrate. Come on down to the “Spa” and see what’s happening to mark this special occasion

 

This is a collaborative event between Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns, Lisdoonvarna Failte, Lisdoonvarna Heritage Group and Visit Lisdoonvarna funded by The Heritage Council, Clare County Council and Creative Ireland Fund.

 

Sat Aug 19th       

11am-4pm                            History of the Spa Wells & Lisdoonvarna

Come meet Lisdoonvarna Heritage Group who will have a pictorial display, along with some memorabilia and equipment from the past, connected to the wells. They will be delighted to talk with anybody interested in the history and the events of 150 years ago that brought about the development of Lisdoonvarna.

 

11am-1pm                            Water – The Life of Lisdoonvarna

Ruairí Ó Conchúir, Community Water Officer will give an overview of the local waterways and how community can look after it. We will be kick sampling in the river with nets and magnifiers if they’re not too deep.

 

2pm-4pm                                              Party for the Pumps

Fun and games centred around our teddy bears picnic and high tea. Bring something sweet to share. Cake for the pumps at 3pm. Games on the lawn. Explore the waters – if they’re not too high.

 

Sun Aug 20th      

11am-4pm                            Market and Cafe

‘Handcrafted & Homegrown’ – lots of original stalls including, crafts, gifts, plants and local food. Join us to celebrate 150 years at The Spa Wells.

A great day for everyone that includes various events for Heritage Week and the anniversary celebration of The Water Pump.

 

11am-4pm                            History of the Spa Wells & Lisdoonvarna

Come meet Lisdoonvarna Heritage Group who will have a pictorial display, along with some memorabilia and equipment from the past, connected to the wells. They will be delighted to talk with anybody interested in the history and the events of 150 years ago that brought about the development of Lisdoonvarna.

 

11am-1pm                            Wild Food Forage with Oonagh O’Dwyer

Wild Food is local, seasonal, nutritious and free. Learn to forage for wild food with Oonagh from Wild Kitchen for a fun, family friendly, wild food walk. We will learn the basic rules of foraging.

 

Mon Aug 21st

11am-12pm                         Exploring the Wildlife with Ken Bond

Find out what’s been fluttering around Lisdoonvarna at night. We will be investigating the contents of our moth trap which will have been set out the night before. Ken is Ireland’s leading authority on butterflies and moths (Lepidoptera) having spent almost 40 years surveying and recording in all the counties in Ireland.

 

12pm-1pm                            Sustainable Planting Plan

Join Liz Griffith from Burren Cordials to learn about the best plants for our community, what works with the surrounding environment, will enhance biodiversity and are easy to maintain. Now a smallholder in the Burren, Liz studied with the National Botanic gardens Glasnevin and has 40 yrs gardening experience.

 

2pm-4pm                                              Art Attack – Sustainable Lisdoonvarna

Imagine Natures superheroes. What would they do? Who will they save? How? Over 3 afternoons we will with with Aidan Courtney of Coimici Gael to animate how to make Lisdoonvarna more sustainable.

 

Tues Aug 22nd

11am-1pm                            Wild Herb Hunt with Lisa Guinan

Led by Herbalist Lisa Guinan we are going to go on a treasure hunt, the goal being to find the real life specimen of each pictured herb growing in the hedgerows. We will discuss some basic medicinal uses for each discovered plant and finish off with a demonstration on how to make Wild Herbal cordial.

 

2pm-4pm                                              Art Attack – Sustainable Lisdoonvarna

Imagine Natures superheroes. What would they do? Who will they save? How? Over 3 afternoons we will with with Aidan Courtney of Coimici Gael to animate how to make Lisdoonvarna more sustainable.

 

Wed Aug 23rd

11am-1pm                            How Water Made Lisdoonvarna

Fossil Sharks, Fool’s Gold and Fake Turtles. On this walk listen to the curious story of Lisdoonvarna as told by the rocks themselves and interpreted by Dr Eamon Doyle, geologist for the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark

 

2pm-4pm                                              Wild Child Day

Led by Aisling Wheeler we will look, listen, smell and touch our way around the woods, wilds and waters of Lisdoonvarna. Please wear wellies and weather-appropriate clothing.

 

We will also build a bug hotel with Joe Quilty. We have 12 human hotels in Lisdoonvarna – it’s time the bugs had one!

 

Thurs Aug 24th

11am-1pm                            Wild Food & Medicinal Herb Walk with Vivien Campbell

Come on a walk and discover some of the beautiful medicinal and edible plants that grow around us. During this gentle amble around the grounds of the Lisdoonvarna Spa Wells, Vivienne will point out some of the common edible and medicinal plants there and talk about their medicinal and nutritional properties.

 

2pm-4pm                                              Art Attack – Sustainable Lisdoonvarna

Imagine Natures superheroes. What would they do? Who will they save? How? Over 3 afternoons we will with with Aidan Courtney of Coimici Gael to animate how to make Lisdoonvarna more sustainable.

 

9pm-10pm                            Bat Walk at the Spa Wells with David Lyons

A stroll around the beautiful Lisdoonvarna while listening, watching and learning about the fascinating local Bat population with David Lyons from Clare Bat Group

 

Fri Aug 25th                       

11am -1pm                           Led by Aisling Wheeler we will look, listen, smell and touch our way around the woods, wilds and waters of Lisdoonvarna. Please wear wellies and weather-appropriate clothing.

 

We will connect with nature guided by Joe Quilty in his family friendly, fun filled reconnection workshop.

 

Sat Aug 26th

11am-1pm                            Be Friends with Bees

Come along to see a demonstration Bee Hive. Learn about how precious bees are and how we can help them. Frank from Burren Bees will teach us all we need to know.

 

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