Plenty of history and heritage on show at Fore

This Saturday, August 23, Fore is springing to life with a fantastic fun event for Heritage Week.

The new looped walk in Fore brings people to all the wonders of Fore including the incredible abbey remains, a Norman motte and bailey, and through beautiful countryside.

Tomorrow, Saturday August 23 starting at 12pm, visitors to Fore can walk this new looped walk with a guide who will tell them all about the seven wonders of Fore and along the way they will meet characters from all through time including a Norman knight preparing for battle; a viking getting ready to raid or maybe trade; St Fechin and the Hermit; and medieval villagers.

The looped walk will also have Fergus Corrigan at a workstation, where he will demonstrate the skill and art of the stone carver and Anton Pierson, a wood carver, who will be carving a piece of art to commemorate the day that will celebrate the area’s built heritage and its beautiful native trees.

There will also be workshops including ‘Meet your Ancestors’ with genealogy expert Michael Conlon, ‘Our Wild Plants’ with horticulturalist Octavia Tulloch, and art with Paula Hevey Hilliard and the Sundancers Creativity Centre, where children will be able to make a Viking shield, St Fechin’s Rag Tree, a wooden necklace, and Celtic art.

Guided walks will begin on the looped walk and take place every half hour from 12pm. The walk is 3km and people are advised to wear footwear suitable for walking in fields.

Michael Conlon will be located in the conference room in Fore Coffee Shop, where he will discuss local genealogy and advise any visitors coming into the area about their family connection.

The conference centre will also have a language exhibition inside. This is a Heritage Week event, supported by Fáilte Ireland funding administered by Westmeath County Council.

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