Songs from the Fairy Fort at Merlin Woods

Children will be charmed by tomorrow's Heritage Week programme at Merlin Park woods.

Taking place between 8 and 10pm, favourite children's entertainer Little John Nee will perform “Songs from the Fairy Fort".

A beloved performer from the street to theatre, Little John Nee was recently elected to Aosdána, established by the Irish Arts Council in 1981 to honour artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland.

His style of storytelling theatre with music has won him international recognition and his play Sparkplug won an Irish Times Theatre Award for his sound design while the RTE radio version won a Special Mention Prize at the Prix Italia 2013.

The cost is a suggested donation of €10 on the night.

The final event of the week, which takes place on Sunday from 12 noon to 2pm, is the Butterfly Walk with Colin Stanley, Friends of Merlin Woods.

For six years Stanley has been photographing and studying the habitats and species of Merlin Woods butterflies, and establishing the Galway Butterfly Project, an educational project to help people identify species and value the wild habitats within Galway county for our 31 species. With some 19 species of butterfly to be found in this wildlife haven, this will be an ideal way to end the week of events, chasing butterflies though wildflowers.

Al events begin at Merlin Woods Community Garden, just off Doughiska Road. Children are welcome with parents and guardians. Wheelchair access is partial for some events. It is advisable to leave dogs at home unless assisted guide dogs. Events are free unless otherwise stated.

For more info [email protected] or Caroline on 08532484380 or Friends of Merlin Woods on Facebook, or on the national site www.heritageweek.ie

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