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Heritage Week Aug 22-30 2015

Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week. National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.

Locally in Portumna there are a number of events planned.:

On Aug 27th there is a guided bus tour of Lough Derg  where Dr. Janice Fuller will take you on a journey of discovery where you will explore some of the hidden heritage sites of Lough Derg.

On Aug 28th at 7pm Portumna Castle presents: A short Italian Opera………..with a twist! Produced by Portumna Players. Introduced after some traditional music with local musicians

On Aug 30th Lorrha village puts on a Visual Display Including Old Photos and Re Enactment of O’ Sullivan Beare’s camp, starting at 12 noon

Portumna Players






Portumna Castle & Gardens – Fuchsia Lane Farm

Portumna Castle & Gardens

Portumna Castle & Gardens, first formal garden, is now filled with colour and perfume.

These 17th Century variety of roses bloom only once a year between mid June and the end of July so now is the time to enjoy the full experience. While in the gardens be sure to visit the lovely walled kitchen garden.

August will bring Heritage Week celebrations to the castle and gardens. The Portumna Players have already begun rehearsal for their annual ‘Drama’ at the Castle on the evening of Friday 28th.   ‘Family Vintage Day’ on Sunday 23rd   and FREE admission all day Sunday 30th.

Look for details on www.heritageweek.ie or on local papers, posters, newsletters and Portumna Castle Facebook page, closer to the date.

Open daily throughout the season, 9.30-6pm (last admission 5.15pm)

FREE guided tours with admission tickets, subject to guide availability.

FREE admission on the 1st Wednesday of each month.

Fun observational quiz for children of all ages, enter and win a Family Heritage Card. This will give the winner FREE access to all OPW sites throughout Ireland for one year.

Portumna Castle Portumna Co. Galway  Ireland
Portumna Castle Portumna Co. Galway Ireland