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Heritage Week 2017

The theme for Heritage Week 2017 is Nature and People. This presents a rare opportunity to put nature to the forefront of the public’s mind, to combine efforts to increase understanding of our natural heritage and to change behaviours and attitudes towards nature. With this in mind Heritage events for Heritage Week 2017 were asked that, where possible, they should:

Promote the interdependence and /or interaction of people and nature

Encourage families and children to get outdoors more often and value what our natural world has to offer (relaxation, wellbeing, good health).

Emphasise the benefits of protecting our natural heritage (jobs, tourism, water, food, flood control, health and enjoyment).

The week runs from August 19th to Aug 27th and the events in Monaghan, which have been organised by Heritage Officer, Shirley Clerkin, will give the public and excellent opportunity to learn, appreciate and foster the natural space around them. Shirley is off duty at the moment and we wish her a speedy recovery and return to work and her position is being filled by Sandra McQuaid.

The Programme of events include: Tydavnet Show on Saturday 19th; Walking Tours of Carrickmacross, Sat 19th and 26th; Walking Tours of Monaghan Town, 19th and 26th; Walking Tours of Clones, 19th and 26th; 'The Watchmen' exhibition in Monaghan County Museum; the Patrick Kavanagh Exhibition in Inniskeen; WW11 Bomb Site in Laragh - Sunday 20th; Sunday Trad sessions in McKenna's; Carrick Workhouse exhibition; Re-enactments of History live in Carrick library, Monday 21st; Reminiscing in Mullen; Tour of Coolshannagh Municipal Graveyard and many other events in all the towns of Monaghan over the week. Wild Child's Day is on Wednesday 23rd at 10am in Rossmore Park and Clones Library - a fun filled day of activities as you explore your local surroundings.

In all there are 40 events happening and there is something there for everyone and every age group. Look up the complete programme at


Heritage week was launched in Clones Library on Thursday evening August 10th by Minister Heather Humphreys and talks were given and children had an opportunity to learn about pressing flowers and other artistic activity. MC for the event was Rev Walter Pringle and he introduced the various speakers - Adge King, Monaghan Co Co; Seamus Colye, Mayor of the Ballybay/Clones Municipal District; Éanna Ní Lamhna, who brought back memories of childhood and childrens' contact with nature, which has changed utterly; Billy Flynn, Ecologist; George Knight, Tour Guide and local historian; and Minister Humphreys. All stressed the need for us to get back to nature and to learn about it and to appreciate it. Thanks was expressed to the Heritage section of Monaghan County Council for their work in organising the Heritage Week and there was special mention for Shirley Clerkin and Sandra McQuaid. All encouraged the public to get involved and to participate in the activities planned for the week. Every area of the county has a selection of events which should be of great interest to young and not so young. A number of the events planned for North Monaghan should attract interest and they are the Tydavnet Show on Saturday 19th; Reminiscing in Mullan Village in Emyvale Leisure Centre on Thursday 24th at 10am; the Tour of Coolshannagh Municipal Graveyard at 2.30 on Thursday 24th; the Guided Tour of the Walled Gardens at Castle Leslie Estate followed by A Tour of St Salvator's Church. The entire programme of events and time and dates of each are given in the link above.
After the launch all attended talks on fauna and flora in Clones Library given by George Knight and Billy Flynn and some of the old Irish traditional cures and folklore of rural Ireland were among the topics covered.