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Heritage Week 2017 is coming to the Hunt Museum

Heritage Week 2017 is coming to the Hunt Museum

Join The Hunt Museum as we put our local heritage at the centre of National Heritage Week 2017 in Limerick from Saturday, August 19 to Sunday, August 27.

This year’s theme for Heritage Week 2017, It’s in Your Nature, is focused on helping our community to learn and appreciate Ireland’s natural heritage. The Hunt Museum will have a week packed with events that include tours of the museums Summer Yeats and Henry exhibition, bee workshops, and free lectures on Limerick’s natural history.

On Saturday, August 19 from 3 pm to 5:30 pm, come and meet a Gandelow and the men who maintain, build, row and celebrate these unique and elegant local Limerick wooden boats. Gather at The Hunt Museum’s main gate then walk to Arthur’s Quay where the Ilen Project will talk and demonstrate on all things Gandelow. A row around Limericks King’s island will follow. There are limited spaces for the row, so please express your interest early by emailing [email protected].




Heritage Week 2017On Monday, August 21 at 1 pm, local historian Sharon Slater will give a brief history on the Abbey Fishermen who plied their trade on the Shannon River between Lax Weird and Doonass from time immemorial until the construction of the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme in 1929. This illustrated talk will describe the rise and fall of this fishing community. Afterwards, take some time to explore miniature versions of the boats used by these fishermen. These were created by St. Mary’s Men Shed for the Hunt Museum’s Communities of Culture ‘Loan Box’ project.

On Tuesday, August 22 at 11 am, come and join our family friendly ‘Bee Loud Glade’ workshop. Learn about the important work bees do and how they help the environment. Then create your very own bee to take home! Space is limited, so please come early.

On Wednesday, August 23 at 1 pm, come and visit the Hunt for a talk and presentation on the rebuilding of the wooden sailing ship ‘Ilen’. The Ilen was a masterfully created individual and community endeavour focused on the repatriation and rebuilding of traditional types of wooden sailing vessels which were a familiar sight on the great Quays of Limerick before the rapid expansion of Ireland’s road network. To learn more about this project visit

Bring the family along for our free Jack Yeats and Paul Henry creative workshops. This includes a ‘See and Respond’ tour exploring the beauty and wonder of Ireland’s natural landscapes. Then pool your family’s creativity to produce an imagined Irish landscape you can display at home. This family tour and workshop will be on Thursday, August 24 at 1 pm, and Saturday, August 26 at 11 am and 1 pm.  

On Friday, August 25 at 1 pm, take a step into the past with a free lecture on Ireland’s long history of utilising different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants. This talk will explore how these plants were used traditionally, and how many of these came to be modern medicine. The talk will particularly focus on plants which yield therapeutic compounds of proven value in current medicinal practice and are in worldwide use today!

The Hunt Museum will be partnering with Nevsail Watersports from Saturday, August 19  to Sunday, August 27  for boat tours on the river Shannon. Advanced booking is required. Contact Nevsail for details at 086 330 8236.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.