Fingal Heritage Week 2017

National Heritage Week runs from Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th August this year. We have a wide variety of events this year, the majority of which are free, but do book early to avoid disappointment.

We are running a wide range of events for Fingal Heritage Week 2017. Check out or Heritage Week Event Guide for Fingal for the full list. The majority are free but make sure to book to avoid disappointment.

Swords Castle Digging History

Fingal County Archaeologist, Christine Baker, will be leading volunteers from Friday 18th August in Fingal’s community archaeology project Swords Castle: Digging History.  The best surviving example of a Dublin archbishop’s palace, and an important administrative centre, and we hope to find out if there a graveyard underneath the castle, if there were buildings within the yard and how old the different buildings are.

You can volunteer to take part (once you’re over 18 years of age) or drop into the Castle during Heritage Week to find out more about the Castle and the project. Follow the project.

Walks and Family Events 

See some of the highlights below;

  • Saturday 19th - Archaeology Day Exhibition in the Old Courthouse, Howth hosted by Resurrecting Monuments, exploring the results of four archaeology digs at Tower Hill, Howth; St. Doulagh's Church, Balgriffin; Seagrange, Baldoyle; and Dungriffin, The Baily Howth. Also there will be a display of living history and ancient crafts.
  • Monday 22nd - a 'Tree Trail' tour in Ardgillan to look at some of Fingal’s "Veteran Trees".
  • Thursday 24th -  Hedgerow Treasure Hunt to explore the hidden treasures and history of The Naul by Ballyboughal Hedgerow Society. 
  • Saturday 26th August - 'It's in Your Nature' Howth Hike to explore Howth's diverse ecosystems, folklore and history.
  • Sunday 27th August - 'History from the Plaques' - a tour of St. Colmcilles graveyard, Swords to look at some of its unique history

See the full list Heritage Week Event Guide for Fingal


See some of the highlights below;

  • Saturday 19th - 'Garden Birds' in Blanchardstown Library by Frank O'Connor for Blanchardstown-Castleknock Historical Society.
  • Wednesday 23rd August - Series of presentations on "Fingal in 10 items", St. Sylvester’s Parish Centre hosted by the Fingal Heritage Network. 
  • Sunday 27th August - 'Stockings for the Queen' about Balbriggan's Industrial Heritage, Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan
  • Monday 21st in Swords and Blanchardstown Libraries, Tuesday 22nd in Malahide Library, and Thursday 24th in Donabate Library - Meitheal - Discover how you can help the preservation of Ireland's heritage by transcribing folklore and placenames from the National Schools Collection of the 1930s  

See the full list Heritage Week Event Guide for Fingal