Holycross set for Heritage week

Heritage Week is organised to promote pride in our local heritage. What better place to meet such heritage but in the historic setting by the Suir and the world famous Holycross Abbey.

Heritage Week is organised to promote pride in our local heritage. What better place to meet such heritage but in the historic setting by the Suir and the world famous Holycross Abbey.

Heritage Week will kick off in Cabragh Wetlands at 2pm Saturday 17th with a guided amble through the flowers, grasses and reeds. There will be two Village Walks and free tours of the Abbey during the week. The Village Walks take place on two Saturdays, the 17th and 24th August at 4pm. So if you canʼt make one you have a second chance to tag along. People are asked to assemble on the Fair Green. Each walk will end at the riverside park with an input from Philip Quinn the local stone carver. His business is ʻStone Madʼ.

If the weather does not oblige there will be a slide show in the Community Hall instead. The purpose of the walks is to show the wealth of heritage that there is in the village. The free tours of the Abbey will take place on Sunday 18th, Wednesday 21st and Sunday 25th August and at 2pm. On Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th, Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd the free tours will begin at 4pm. The starting point for the Abbey tours will be at the signpost in the cloister, inside the main entrance. Tours will change to adapt to any religious events taking place in the Abbey. Heritage events are posted on the website www.holycrossballycahill.com. For more information and bookings please phone 086 1665869 or email holycrossabbeytours@gmail.com.

Farney Castle is the only Butler Castle that is still a family home. It has a rich mix of history, artifacts and personal touches. Tours of the castle will cost you only half the usual fee during Heritage Week. Phone 0504 43281 or email farneycastle@eircom.net.

And if you still want a tour with a difference what better place to visit than Cormackstown Heritage Centre. Pat Slattery has put together an intriguing collection from long ago. These include tools and implements from the blacksmithʼs forge, the old shop, schoolroom, carpenterʼs and wheelwrightʼs workshops and tinsmithʼs tools. Contact Pat at 085 7131584.Bring along friends and relatives to hear and see the history on your doorstep. If you have a story to tell and you would like to share it with us we would very much welcome it.