A whole host of free events including guided tours, music recitals and history talks will be held at Desmond Hall in Newcastle West to celebrate National Heritage Week from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th August.
The festivities will begin at 7.30pm on Saturday 22nd August with a talk on the Desmond Rebellions by author and historian John Dorney.
The following day, Sunday 23rd at 4pm, David Power, one of Ireland’s most talented traditional musicians, will give a recital on the uilleann pipes in the atmospheric surroundings of the mediaeval banqueting hall.
On Friday 28th August at 7.30pm, one of Ireland’s leading historians Dr. Brian Hanley will give a lecture titled ‘Who fears to speak?’, exploring the politics and pitfalls that surround the historical commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising.
The week’s festivities will conclude at 4pm on Saturday 29th August with a performance of traditional concertina and accordion tunes, played by local musician Tim Collins.
Admission to all events is completely free of charge. The castle and medieval banqueting hall are also open seven days a week until Friday 4th September. Entry and guided tours are free.
For more information phone Desmond Hall at 069-77408 or visit