Nature, History and Archaeology focus for Heritage Week in Merlin Woods from August 23rd
Friends of Merlin Woods are working with many different organisations this year to bring an exciting programme of events for Heritage Week.
It will also be the first year of the Community Field school funded by the Heritage Council which begins August 24th and August 25th and will be led by archaeologist Martin Fitzpatrick with a two day workshop 'Introduction to Archaeology ' where participants will be shown surveying techniques , identifying archaeological features of Merlin Castle , vernacular buildings and much more. Places are limited so booking is essential for participation. Follow on workshops will continue in September .
Galway Irish Wildlife Trust's Sheila Murphy will lead a walk exploring the flora and ecosystems on Sunday Aug 23rd from 2pm meeting at Merlin Woods City Park near the playground.
On Monday night Aug 24th, Kate Mc Aney from Vincent Wildlife Trust will give a talk on pine martens, stoats and bats followed by a bat walk in Merlin Woods .Meeting place Ard Family Resource Centre Doughiska Rd at 8.30pm.
Wed 26th Galway City Heritage Office will host the Built Historic, Natural, Cultural and Archaeological Heritage of Merlin Woods Seminar, speakers will include Dr Jim Higgins Galway City Heritage Officer , Martin Fitzpatrick archaeologist, Sean Purtill , Colin and Caroline Stanley (Friends of Merlin Woods )Training Room, City Hall, Galway City Council 2pm -4.30pm
Later on that evening Wednesday 26th August , John Lusby from Birdwatch Ireland will give a talk on the Birds of Merlin Woods and will lead an exploratory walk in Merlin Woods afterwards. Meeting place Ard Family Resource Centre Doughiska Rd at 8pm.
Our final event of the week will take place on Thursday August 27th from 7pm, a Heritage, Local Folklore and History Walk led by local historian Norbert Sheerin and accompanied by Dr Jim Higgins Heritage Officer, meeting point Merlin Woods City Park near playground.
Events are open to all, pre-booking required only for Community Field School. Sensible footwear and clothing advised for outdoor events. All children must be accompanied by an adult.