Packed Programme Of Events For Heritage Week At Kerry County Museum

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Kerry County Museum

KERRY County Museum has unveiled a packed programme of events to be held to coincide with Heritage Week which runs from Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 28.

As well as a lecture on the Kerry witnesses at the trial of Roger Casement, there will be a walking tour of medieval Tralee and a display of the dresses worn by the Roses of Tralee over the past 56 years and a showing of a film about Ireland’s and Argentina’s fight for Independence.

The Rose of Tralee Fashion Exhibition is taking place from now until Sunday, August 28, daily 10am – 5pm (closed for lunch 1.15-2pm).

See the fabulous dresses worn by the Roses of Tralee over the past 56 years. Highlights include a recreation of the dress worn by the first Rose of Tralee, Alice O’Sullivan, in 1959.

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Did you know that hidden beneath the attractive Georgian streets and houses of Tralee lie the remains of a secret honeycomb of medieval streets and alleyways?

Join Education Officer Claudia on a guided walking tour around Tralee to discover the vanished medieval town. The tour takes place from 10am to 10.45am on Saturday, August 27 and starts and ends at the Museum.

Free entry to the Medieval Experience before or after the walking tour is also part of this Heritage Week event. Numbers limited, please book early to avoid disappointment.

As part of the year long celebration of Tralee800, the museum is offering free entry to the Medieval Experience on the last day of Heritage Week, Sunday 28th August.

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Dress up in medieval costume and stroll through the streets and houses of Tralee in the year 1450, complete with the sounds and smells.

A Lunchtime Lecture entitled ‘The Ardfert Witnesses at the Casement Trial’ takes place on Thursday, August 25 from 1:10pm to 1:55pm.

Museum curator Helen O’Carroll will shed light on the stories of the five civilians that witnessed the arrival of Roger Casement to Kerry in 1916 and subsequently gave their evidence at his trial.

The story of Casement’s arrival in Kerry is well known around Ireland, how he came ashore on Banna Strand, was then captured at McKenna’s fort and subsequently tried and hung for high treason.

John McCarthy, Mary Gorman, Martin Collins, Michael Hussey and Maurice Moriarty were the five witnesses to Casement’s time in Kerry and who were then called to give evidence at his trial in London.

Helen will discuss how the lives of the five witnesses were changed irrevocably by their chance sighting of Casement during his 31 hours in Kerry. Those attending can explore their major exhibition “Casement in Kerry: a revolutionary journey” after the talk.

On Saturday, August 27 from 3pm to 4pm the creative team behind “Media Rising”, an interactive exhibition which brings the little known stories of 1916 to life, will shed light on the making of this innovative project with ‘Commemorating 1916: Behind the scenes – The Making of Media Rising’.

Media Rising was launched at Kerry County Museum in May 2016. In the exhibition, history is brought into the present day, through the use of new and innovative technology.

Media Rising is produced by Noel Nash, Liam McElligott, Jenny Plunkett and Aine Brennan, BA (Hons) Design for Interactive Multimedia, Institute of Technology Tralee.

2016 is not only the year that Ireland commemorates the centenerary of the Easter Rising but also the Bicentenary of Argentine Independence.

Member of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Cristina Aguilera, will introduce and show ‘In the Name of Freedom’, a film about Ireland’s and Argentina’s fight for Independence, on Friday, August 26 from 6pm to 7.15pm.

More information is available from the Kerry County Museum on 066 7127777.

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