Heritage Week at Offaly Libraries 2020

Creative Ireland Programme


Heritage Week 2020 will run from Saturday, August 15th to Sunday, August 23rd. Offaly Libraries have scheduled a jam-packed line up of online events. The theme this year is “Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage”. Check out our fantastic events- there’s something for everyone.


Offaly Poet, Pauline McNamee - 12 Noon, August 15th

Pauline McNamee will take us on a historic journey of Croghan Hill which will highlight its contribution to the social, cultural and historical heritage of the local landscape. 

'Bogs through the Seasons' with Tina Claffey. 12 Noon, August 16th

Tina Claffey- nature photographer & author of ‘Tapestry of Light’ will present a 30-minute online video of a macro visual journey through the seasons in our bogs/wetlands. She will share with us the magic of this ancient wilderness. The macro lens allows Tina to capture what cannot be seen by the naked eye, rendering the ordinary extraordinary.

The life and times of George Barrington: presented by St Mary's Secondary School, Edenderry. 12 Noon, August 17th 12 Noon, August 17th

Local Heritage will be celebrated by Pauline McNamee’s student from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. Alex will present the life and times of George Barrington.

Johnny Magory - Irish Wildlife and Heritage Workshop. 11am, August 18th

If you would like your children aged 4-8 to explore Irish Heritage and nature in a fun way, then the 1 hour Johnny Magory virtual workshop experience on Tuesday, August 18th at 11am will be a perfect way for them to immerse themselves in the natural world. To book your place, go to www.eventbrite.ie for further details. 

Dr. Ciaran Reilly: The Great Irish Famine & Offaly. 6pm, August 18th

Dr. Reilly marks the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the potato blight in Ireland in August 1845.  His online presentation will focus the impacts of the famine in Co. Offaly. Did you know that the population of modern day Offaly decreased by 23.6 % or some 34,781 people during this time?  The consequences were far reaching and led to the displacement of thousands of people throughout the county. This illustrated talk will trace all aspects of the impact of the famine on the Faithful County including murder, crime and lawlessness

Local Heritage: Harry Clarke and St. Manchan.  12 noon, August 19th

Honor Ridgeway’s blog will focus on world-renowned stained glass artist, Harry Clarke, and his connection to the Faithful County.

Children’s Art and Craft.  6pm, August 19th

Melanie Whitney’s video will demonstrate how to craft a beautiful stained glass window.

St Mary's Secondary School, Edenderry. 12 Noon, August 20th

Local Heritage will be celebrated by Laura, one of Pauline McNamee’s students from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry. Paddy Ryan’s involvement in Kildare GAA will be the focus of this video.

Baking Bread with the Egan Family, Carrigeen farmhouse, Birr. 12 Noon, August 21st

Bread making has had somewhat of a revival of late due to COVID19 but years ago, the baker pot took centre stage on the open fire. Following their Heritage Hero 2020 award, the Egan family will share the recipe and method gained from their Granny, Elizabeth Egan (nee Hynes) who passed on this tradition to the next generation of the Egan family. The recipe is documented in Elizabeth's hand-written school cookery notebook dated November 1909. Brid Egan will demonstrate how they make traditional soda bread using the baker pot in Carrigeen Farmhouse, Birr.

Offaly Poet, Pauline McNamee. 12 Noon, August 22nd

Everyone is welcome to listen to Pauline’s video where she recites her haikus, which are inscribed on the pillar on Croghan Hill, while taking in beautiful views of the local landscape.


Join Offaly Libraries online at  https://www.facebook.com/offalylibraries/from Saturday, August 15th to Sunday August 23rd to celebrate Heritage Week 2020.

National Heritage Week