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After last year’s half-assed collection of local historical hoe-downs, we’re happy to report that 2019’s Heritage Week line-up is somewhat closer to wonderful.

Not only will Lalli be giving her free Delgany graveyard tours, but there’s also the Delgany fairy trail, a St Crispin’s love-in, and a Greystones Library talk on the History Of The Royal Hibernian Academy.

A little further afield, Greystones’ very own Charles Egan will present his Irish Famine talk at Arklow Library on August 20th, from 7pm; there are free guided tours on August 22nd and a Bat River Walk on August 20th at Mount Usher gardens in Ashford; a look at Bray In 1919 at Bray Library on August 23rd, 11.30am to 12.15pm, and Bray, Past & Present on Aug 17th at 4.15pm and the 21st at 8.15pm in the Royal Hotel (both presented by Bray Cualann Historical Society); walking tours of the walled gardens at Russborough House from August 17th to 25th; Nun’s Cross Church in Ashford will have two Open Days, on August 24th and 25th, 2pm to 5pm; Altidore Castle opens its doors from August 19th to the 25th, 2pm to 6pm, by appointment (call 0877601369); there’s a Living History pop-up exhibition at Enniskerry Library on the 20th, 21st, 23rd and 24th; tours of Wicklow Gaol on August 19th and 20th, 2pm to 4pm; a Friends Of The Murrough cliff walk on August 25th, a guided tour of St Mary’s in Enniskerry on August 23rd, 7pm to 8pm; an Open Day at the Wicklow Lighthouse on August 24th, from 10am to 4pm, and just about everything and anything at Glendalough.

Back home, this year’s St Crispin’s Cell love-in with the Greystones Tidy Towns is an Exhibition Of Artefacts, taking place on August 17th, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, whilst Lalli’s Old Delgany Graveyard Tours will take place on Sunday, August 18th (from noon to 1.30pm) and Thursday 22nd and Saturday 24th (from 11.30am to 1.30pm). Book your spot by contacting Lailli directly on or 01287609.

The Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society will have John Turpin in town on August 22nd, for his History Of The RHA, starting at 7pm and ending at 8.30pm. Booking is, of course, essential012873548 or

And for the cool kids, there’s the new autism-friendly Delgany Fair Trail, launching on Aug 23rd and 24th, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. The plan being to have this as a regular nature spot for those who really need some peace and quiet in their countryside…

For those who like a little exercise, Whale Watch Ireland will be gathering on Bray Head on August 24th, between 2pm and 5pm, for a little search of our seashores for, well, whales. Dolphins and seals are also worth shouting about, by the way.

Over in Newcastle, there’s a 19th Century Farmyard Tour on Sunday 25th, running from 2.30pm to 4.30pm, with local historian Michael Carey in the driving seat

So, as you can see, plenty to see and do this year. And if you can’t quite fine something to tickle your historical fancy here, you can check out the full line-up of Wicklow Heritage Week events right here.

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