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Sun, 20 Aug



Celt Open Day @ Slieve Aughty Centre

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Celt Open Day @ Slieve Aughty Centre
Celt Open Day @ Slieve Aughty Centre

Time & Location

20 Aug 2023, 12:00 – 17:00

Loughrea, Kylebrack West, Inchy, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland

About The Event

To celebrate this year’s National Heritage Week's theme ‘Living Heritage’ CELT are delighted to invite you to our Open Day to share our ongoing work promoting the natural, built and cultural heritage and restoring our traditional crafts and practices, knowledge and skills.

For this year's event we will offer guided walks, talks and traditional craft demonstrations, featuring various woodcrafts, natural building skills, bush craft, skin tanning, herbal lore and introduction to woodland ecology, creating a rich opportunity for our visitors to learn more about our projects and activities and learn how they can get involved.

For Heritage Week this year we are delighted to showcase the very best of our natural crafts and trades people that CELT have been working with for many years, sharing a journey of natural and cultural heritage care and connection. Traditional crafts people utilise a regenerative approach in their use of natural materials, taking only what one needs, while ensuring the continuation of the materials, resources and habitats for future generations to come, while also facilitating and enabling the natural regeneration of the area’.

12 - 1:30pm Olwyn

Foraging Heritage and local hedgerow plants'

Come enjoy a leisurely morning adventure meeting the local hedgerow plants with CELT Forager, Olwyn Williams. Learn how to safely identify and harvest local common plants, and explore the food and medicinal uses of these late Summer offerings.

Suitable for beginner foragers and non-beginners, gardeners, foodies, and nature lovers alike… plus tasters of some foraged goodies at the end of the walk.

Suitable for adults and children 8yrs+,

Olwyn will also have a stall at the Centre in the afternoon with some plants to talk about their uses for people who don't want/can't do the walk, and a few foraged goods and tasters of things for people to try.

Please let Olwyn know if you suffer from any food allergies or sensitivities.

Feel free to follow her on facebook @Foraging and Yoga with Olwyn and instagram @olwyn_williams_foraging_yoga to see what she gets up to in her kitchen and to be informed of other events.

2 - 3 30pm Andrew St. Ledger

'The Value of Native Trees on Irish Farms, their Multiple uses and Benefits.

Andrew St. Ledger will guide a walk and talk about 'The Value of Native Trees on Irish Farms, their Multiple uses and Benefits.' and will also cover the traditional uses of the forest in relation to farming in Ancient Ireland including rights to Forest abundance via the Brehon laws of Neighbourhood, the Bretha Comaithchesa.

Andrew works with CELT on its Biodiversity and Environmental subgroup, He is the co-ordinator of the Tuamgraney Community Native Woodland project, and is the CELT Native Woodland specialist conducting guided walks and talks in Raheen oakwood and the Community Native woodland as well as being available in other woodlands.

He is a heritage specialist on the Heritage in schools scheme focusing on native trees and biodiversity etc. He designs and organises Biodiversity events on an annual basis for schools and community groups, and works on submissions commenting on state environmental policy, and on funding applications connected with all of above.

For more info on Andrew please see our tutors page on the website and find out more about Andrew's work with the Woodland League visit - The Woodland League

3.30 - 4.30pm Julius 

Join Julius Brummelman for a walk and talk on his work with CELT creating awareness of our natural and built heritage and promoting biodiversity, CCF and sustainable woodland management.

Combining living history, native woodland and natural building traditions, biodiversity awareness and cultural heritage, come along and avail of this opportunity to visit  the amazing medieval roundhouse Julius and his cousin handbuilt in the beautiful woodland setting at Kylebrack, using only hand tools and natural materials from the local area.

To find out more about Julius work please visit his Smooth GetFixt YouTube channel


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