Heritage Week 2017: What’s on in Achill?

Heritage Week 2017: What’s on in Achill?

It’s August which means Heritage Week! Coordinated by the Heritage Council, National Heritage Week (19-27 August) is Ireland’s most popular cultural event and this year over 450,000 people are expected to participate in over 2,000 heritage events around the country.  As part of our ongoing public archaeology programme Achill Field School are holding a walking tour of historic Keem Bay (details below). Check out some of the other great events on during Heritage Week on Achill.

Walking Tour of Historic Keem Bay

Thursday 24 August, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Join archaeologist Eve Campbell of the Achill Field School on a walking tour of the historic sites of Keem Bay. Learn about recent excavations carried out at Keem by Achill Field School.

Heritage Walk to Annagh with Gerard Mangan

Sunday 20, Tuesday 22 August, 3:30pm 

A walk across a Blanket Bog area to a remote, secluded beach at Annagh, on the Northern coast of Achill on the Wild Atlantic Way. We will discover many different types of flora and if we are lucky some elusive fauna. We will see an abandoned Booley Village and discover the importance of Booleying on Achill and why this practice ended.


Stargazing on Achill

Wednesday 23, Friday 25 August, 10pm – 11pm

The Stars, our heritage indulge your imagination and stare in wonder at our inspiring cosmos and learn a little of the constellations in our night sky. (Weather Permitting). Our event starts with a short from the Slevemore deserted village where we will see at the same stars that our ancestors saw when they first settled this area in 4000 BC


Walking Tours of Achill with Vincent English

10 am daily – meet at Slievemore graveyard, The Cottage coffee shop car park and the monastery gate as per day.

  • Monday 21, Deserted Village
  • Tuesday 22, The Colony
  • Wednesday 23, Deserted Village.
  • Thursday 24, The Monastery
  • Friday 25, Deserted Village