Heritage Week 2023: 12th to 20th August

The annual celebration of the country's built and natural heritage runs across 10 days in August


Life, Love The Liberties, Visit

National Heritage Week runs from 12th to 20th August, with events and activities taking place across the country. This year’s theme is Living Heritage.

Here in The Liberties, you can enjoy walks and talks celebrating the area’s weaving tradition as well as special events and activities throughout the week in the cathedrals, Marsh’s Library, Dublinia and the cultural attractions in nearby Kilmainham.

Among the events:

  • Join The Liberties Weavers for a guided walk around the area and discover some of the places, people and textiles that have shaped Ireland’s textile history. Tours on 17th August at 11am and 18th August at 6pm and booking is required.
  • Weaving and the textile industry in general has had a long association with The Liberties. Join local historian Cathy Scuffil as she explores the many links between the Liberties and weaving, whilst making the case to revive this craft in its historic core. Talk in Lucan Library on 17th August at 7pm and booking is required.
  • Delve into the fascinating world of conservation at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral with Verger Aaron Hoey, who with his wealth of knowledge and expertise, unveils the intricate processes involved in safeguarding the historical integrity of a beloved Cathedral. Free lecture at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on 16th August at 1.15pm.
  • Dress up in a monk’s robe and join us for a fun tour of Christ Church Cathedral and crypt. Suitable for children age 5-12. Tour on 17th August at 1pm and booking is required.
  • Get ready for a magical musical adventure as classical musician Judith Lyons takes to the stage in the beautiful Lady Chapel at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin for an interactive concert like no other! Join us for an hour filled with joy, laughter, and the unforgettable melodies of Disney and contemporary classics, as we celebrate Heritage Week in style. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on 19th August at 1pm. Boooking is required.
  • Join this special interactive tour of Dublinia for Heritage Week and discover Viking and Medieval Dublin. Try on a Viking costume, and even get a chance to hold a Viking sword or Shield. Tours on 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 August, 11am – 12:15pm and advance booking is required.
  • Dublinia has also developed an Irish Sign Language (ISL) tour running 13th & 20th August, 11am – 11:45am.
  • Make Your Own Paper Workshops at Marsh’s Library. Bring the children to Marsh’s hidden garden to try their hand at making their own small piece of paper from pulp using a homemade wire mesh frame – inspired by the traditional method of paper making. 16th August at 10am and 2pm and no booking is required.
  • Irish Museum of Modern Art heritage researcher and historian Barry Kehoe will walk between the East gate and the West gate, exploring the history of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. 20th August at 3pm.
  • The Royal Irish Academy is hosting five walking tours of Dublin suburbs in the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) series and is supported by Dublin City Council. Join Frank Cullen for a walk of Kilmainham on 14th August at 11am. Booking is essential and places are limited.

You’ll find more details, including booking, and all events at www.heritageweek.ie or follow on social media.

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