Events Taking Place In Tralee This Weekend During Architecture Kerry Festival

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Launching the second Kerry County Council’s second Architecture Kerry Festival at Killarney House and Gardens were from left, Cathaoirleach Kerry County Council, Cllr Niall Kelleher, Emer Corridon, Manager Cahernane House, Chief Executive Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell, Bríd Colhoun, Killarney House and Gardens and Victoria McCarthy, Kerry County Council’s Architectural Conservation Officer. Photo:Valerie O’Sullivan

Kerry’s architectural heritage and the county’s architectural landscape will be celebrated during the second annual Architecture Kerry Festival this weekend and a wide range of free events including talks, free guided tours, exhibitions, workshops and family events will take place.

Tralee will host events during the festival, which is part of the Creative Ireland Kerry Programme. It’s aim is to highlight the wide diversity of the architectural landscape in Kerry and to make some of the best-known sites of architectural significance in the county accessible to all ages.

Kerry County Museum is hosting a ‘Teen Takeover’ where students from secondary schools across Kerry will run the museum.

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At Tralee Library from Saturday, people can enjoy an exhibition showcasing the 2019 winners of the Irish architectural awards by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.

On Saturday at the IT Tralee, you can enjoy a tour of the newly opened Kerry Sports Academy and other iconic award-winning buildings showcasing modern materials and a variety of architectural forms, in the north Campus, IT Tralee.

Kerry County Council’s Architectural Conservation Officer, Victoria McCarthy, said; “Throughout Saturday  and Sunday, thirty different buildings and sites, more than double the number last year, will be opening their doors for free guided tours. Bookings should be made with each venue as numbers are limited in many cases,” she said.

Among the buildings opening up to the public will be the Ballybunion Slate House (RTÉ Home of the Year finalist), the ARK Building at Astellas, Kerry lighthouses, “Behind-the-Scenes” at Siamsa Tíre and the government offices in Killarney.

The full programme of events is available on the Kerry County Council website or via and will be available in council offices and libraries around the county.

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