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Lara Visser and nine-month-old son Ciaran from Drumcondra at the Botanic Gardens Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

National Heritage Week: What’s on today?

A record 1,550 events will take place over the next week to celebrate Ireland’s national heritage.

MORE THAN 1,550 heritage events are taking place around the country over the next two days with a view to protect and enhance the richness, quality and diversity of Ireland’s national heritage.

National Heritage Week is providing an exciting look at Irish culture, and will see everything from archaeology, traditional skills, and historical re-enactments explored – and heritage properties not usually open to the public unlocked.

More than 600,000 people are expected to take part in the festival and most of the events are free. A list of events can be checked by location and category through the free iPhone / Android Heritage Week Event App or through

Check out some of the highlights for today…

Derry Irish Walled Towns, Guildhall Square, and City Walls

25 August 9:00 – 17:00 (free)

A series of events will take place around the walled city to celebrate Irish Walled Towns Day. The programme includes climbing wall, falconry, costumed animation, mobile theatre, re-enactment, film and crafts.

Kildare – Display of Cars & Motorcycles

25 August, 11:30 – 17:30

Lumville House Hotel, Lumville, Curragh. Display of sports and racing cars. Car and motorcycle races were held regularly at the Curragh ‘Short’ Circuit from 1947 to 1954, and motorcycles continued to race there occasionally until 1967. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dublin – Family Fun Day National Print Museum

25 August 11.00 – 16.00 (free)

Family Fun Day at the National Print Museum. Mini children’s workshops, face painting, demonstrations, arts and crafts. Event for under 12s.

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