Summer of Heritage 2011
Venue: Across Dun Laoghaire (take the DART to the Dun Laoghaire stop) Website: www.dlrevents.ie Price: FREE Date: June 27th– September 4th, 2011 Time: Various
This is the fourth year of this programme which has attracted thousands of visitors to many of the top heritage sites in the county. This year the programme has again been expanded and comprises a range of events for adults and children alike, all of which are free to the public. The highlight of this year’s programme are the tours planned for the newly renovated Seapoint Martello tower, a stunningly restored example of these 19th century defensive forts, built during the Napoleonic wars. This summer also sees Carrickbrennan graveyard feature for the first time, the resting place of many sailors lost in maritime disasters since the 17th century. A sightsee along ‘The Metals’, a historic pathway that linked the quarry in Dalkey to the harbour in Dún Laoghaire, has been included again after its popularity last year. Also included again is the Dún Laoghaire Memorials Tour, which is a coastal visit to the numerous memorials around the town, including the Queen Victoria Fountain and the Crimean War Cannon. There will also be tours of the stunning Celtic Oratory on Library Road in Dún Laoghaire and the Obelisk in Stillorgan. All of the tours will be conducted by qualified guides. Tours will again take place at two of Ireland’s most magnificent stately homes, Cabinteely House, located in Cabinteely Park and Marlay House in Rathfarnham. These tours will also include living history performances from professional actors in period costumes and feature many of the colourful characters from both houses histories. Tim Carey, Heritage Officer of DLR County Council said: “We are proud to announce the return of the Summer of Heritage festival which has been a tremendous success in its first couple of years. I am very excited about the new additions, the Seapoint Martello tower and Carrickbrennan Graveyard, both of which embrace our wonderful local history.” The programme will be officially launched at the Martello Tower exhibition at County Hall on June 30th, Thursday, at 7.30pm.