Sharing Stories at Kilkenny Library during Heritage Week

Kilkenny Library Service will host a wide range of events for adults and children during National Heritage Week 2018, which will take place from 18-26 August.

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From screenings of Hands – Archival films on traditional Irish to talks on the Suffrage Movement in Ireland , Family Research Sources online to stories of life in the army service in From Kilmaganny to Kolweizi and Digitising Graveyard inscriptions to Bug hotel making and weaving for children, there will be something for all ages!

Highlights include screenings of the acclaimed Hands series of films about Irish crafts, originally produced for RTE in the 70s & 80s by David & Sally Shaw-Smith. It is a unique archive of Ireland at the 20th century's end. These short screenings will be introduced and discussed by professional crafters from the local area, and will take place in Castlecomer, Graiguenamanagh and Thomastown libraries

Our Local Studies Department will host two talks on Family Research Sources Online , where people can find out about commonly used free Genealogical sources available in Ireland, including the National Archives, National Library of Ireland, Askaboutireland and Irish Genealogy.

“We are delighted to be offering an exciting programme of events for Heritage week 2018 ” said County Librarian, Josephine Coyne “ It is a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages, from all walks of life to engage with our rich culture, and enjoy hearing the stories of others, research their own stories, and appreciate the preservation of our national heritage.”

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The theme of this year’s National Heritage Week is ‘ Sharing Stories’. During the week-long celebration of Ireland’s heritage, The Heritage Council encourages communities across Ireland to share heritage stories in new ways, with new people.

Brochures are available in all library branches, with a full programme available to download on and


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