Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Get Up to some Monk-y Business for Heritage Week

Discover the daily business of being a monk in Lismore Heritage Centre this Heritage Week.

Learn about the monks who followed St Carthage to Lismore; model the great university town that they built, craft your own quill, try your hand at making ink and become an apprentice scribe.

Monk-y Business will be held on Saturday 17th August from 11am to 1pm. It is suitable for children aged between 5 and 12 years old. The event is free but booking is absolutely essential as places are limited.  To book your novices in call Lismore Heritage Centre on 058 54975

Lismore Heritage Centre will also offer free walking tours of the town from Monday-Friday, 19th-23rd August. A walking tour is a wonderful way to become acquainted with the history of the town. Tours will depart the heritage centre at 3pm each day.

On Thursday 22nd August Lismore Heritage Centre will host “Being Your Grace’s Employees at Lismore”. Organised by Waterford’s County Archivist, Joanne Rothwell, the talk will examine the lives of workers on the Duke of Devonshire’s Lismore Estate from the housekeeper, Mrs Wakefield, to James Moon who worked in the gardens.  All sorts of work were available on the estate in the 19th century; the Duke needed woodrangers, masons, carpenters and clerks as well as farm labourers and household staff. The work was not without its perks; men working to repair the Queen’s Gap in the river in July 1893 were granted 13 shillings and 8 pence worth of whiskey to keep them warm- His Grace, apparently, was not a man without a conscience! Admission to the talk, which begins at 2pm on 22nd, is free.

Heritage Week runs across the country from 17th-25th August. Find out more on www.heritageweek.ie

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