Celebrate pastimes and past times for Heritage Week

Celebrate pastimes and past times for Heritage Week

Past times and pastimes will be the theme of Heritage Week 2019, which takes place from 17 – 25 August this year, with a varied and exciting programme of events organised across County Cavan and nationally.

Published on: 16 Aug 2019

All events are free unless otherwise stated.

National Heritage Week is a celebration of Ireland's built, natural and cultural heritage and aims to generate awareness, appreciation and preservation of our wonderful resources.

This year The Heritage Council’s chosen theme for Heritage Week is the celebration of Pastimes and Past Times.

Speaking on the importance of Heritage week, Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan said “I pay tribute to the hundreds of individuals and communities across Ireland who, every year, give of themselves to stage events and share their interest in heritage with the public at large. This commitment is the backbone of our heritage, and it is more important than ever, given the imperatives around climate action, that we nurture those who nurture our heritage.”

On Wednesday, 21 August, enjoy a Fireside Céili at The Backyard, Moynehall, Cavan Town from 7pm – 10:30 pm.

On Thursday, 22 August, from 11am – 1pm, take to the waters on a Clough Oughter Boat Trip, with stories and tales from Clough Oughter, in association with Cavan Adventure Centre, Inishmore. Meeting at Rann Point (Killeshandra side). Booking is essentialplease call 049 952 6121.

Other highlights on Thursday, 22 August will include the Annual Lecture, Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Cullies, Cavan, taking place from 8 pm -9:30pm; ‘Remembering Our Past Traditions’, at Belturbet Library from 7:30pm – 9:30pm; and ‘The Hidden Gem of Kildorragh Church’, a laid back lecture and music, from 8pm-9:30pm.

Friday, 23 August will see a Historic video Screening and Talk about Virginia from 8:30 pm - 9:45pm, and a ‘Baskets, Boxty, and Bread’, Traditional Crafts Demonstration, with music and song, at Bear Essentials, Bawnboy from 7pm – 9pm.

On Saturday, 24 August, try a Guided Walk at St Kilian’s Heritage Centre, Mullagh at 11am; ‘Walk Among the Dead’ at the Old Church of Ireland Graveyard entrance, Bailieborough, at 11am; or join a Heritage Walk starting at Turbet Island carpark, Belturbet at 3pm.

Also on Saturday, ‘Old Habits Die Hard’, takes place at St Mary’s Hall, Tierworker from 7 pm – 9pm, while Crafts of Ireland, Knocknaveagh, hosts ‘From Fibre to Fabric’ from 2pm – 5pm. Booking is essential for this event; call 086 820 5177.

A highlight of the week’s events will be the Military and Historical Event, taking place at Cavan County Museum, Ballyjamesduff, on Saturday from 10am – 5pm and on Sunday, from 2pm – 5pm.

Also taking place on Saturday and Sunday August from 2pm – 4pm is a Photographic Exhibition, at the Civic Centre, Belturbet.

Sunday, 25 August concludes with ‘Around the Turf Fire’, a Meeting of Old and Young, at Killeshandra Community Hall from 2pm – 5pm, and ‘Water and Wildflowers’ at Lavey Lake, from 3pm – 4pm.

For more information on Heritage Week 2019, visit


Caption: A bumper Military event, taking place at Cavan County Museum on 24 and 25 August, is a highlight of Heritage Week 2019, which is running from 17-25 August.




Saturday 17th – 25th August

Display of Handwork: Lace, Crochet and Needlepoint, St Killian’s Heritage Centre Tuesday –

Friday 10 am – 6pm Saturday & Sunday 2 pm – 6 pm, Free Event

Free Event


Open Tours of Railway Museum, Old Belturbet Station, Belturbet

2 pm – 4 pm daily, Free Event

Free Event



Corravahan House, Drung, Historic House Tours,

9 am – I pm Monaday – Saturday & Sunday 2:00 – 6:00pm €5 adult children free

Free Event



Pastimes  Past Times Art Exhibition, Bailieborough Library

10:15am – 5:15pm Saturdays, 10:15 am – 5:15 Monday & Wednesday 10:15am – 8:30 pm Tuesday & Thursday

Free Event