Heritage Events

Report from the judges of the windows displays
2nd to 5th August 2016:

Overall we felt that everyone had made a great effort and we were very impressed at how much thought and energy had gone into it. We had a lovely walk around in the village and there seemed to be a great atmosphere with people decked out in their 1916 finery. We retired to the Chotah Tea Rooms for a lovely cup of tea and cake as we made our deliberations. And if there was a special non-window, window prize, as it were, it would go to the Kilcoole Women’s Group for their vintage tea rooms with huge attention to detail with their period table cloths, floral delf, lovely cake tiers for home-made cakes and display of heritage photographs lining the walls – they would get that prize tenfold!”

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The Chotah Tea Rooms 

Events for the 1916 rising

The Mill Room at Byrne’s Pub will be transformed into the Chotah Tea Rooms, named after the yacht that transferred the arms to Kilcoole in 1914. Under the direction and innovation of Jackie O’Toole the function room will go back in time.  Beautiful China, real waiting staff in authentic costume, delicious cakes and all in the setting of a tea room in the early 20th century.

Jackie has spent the past year collecting accessories and memorabilia to add to the authenticity of the venue and a visit to the festival without a visit to the Chotah Tea Rooms would be sadly missed. Together with the help of the Kilcoole Women’s Group & members of the Thrift Shop, the women of Kilcoole will make this one of the highlights of the weekend

Féile Cluichí Sráide – Sat 4th & Sunday 5th

CaptureKilcoole Area Play Space (KAPS) presents Féile Cluichí Sráide, a celebration of outdoor play and a look back at how young people played together 100 years ago. The Féile takes inspiration from the Rising and explores the themes of “Remember”, “Reflect” and “Re-imagine”. A booklet entitled “Naoi Déag Sé Déag” will be given to all national school children in the village, and copies will also be available in local shops. Local children are invited to invent their own street game using inspiration and ideas from the booklet. A short list of seven teams will be chosen from all entries. The seven teams will each be named after a signatory of the Proclamation and invited to demonstrate their new game on Saturday 4th June in St. Brigid’s/Convent Grounds in Kilcoole. A winning game will be chosen from the seven finalists. There will be activities for all children who visit on the day, including games such as “Kick the Can”, “Hopscotch” and “Relievio”, and we will also provide Skipping Ropes, Marbles and Rounders Sets so that everyone – young and young at heart – can take part and have fun. The winning Street Game will be demonstrated on Sunday 5th followed by the prize-giving. All visitors to the Féile are asked to dress in period clothing, whether that be rags or finery, and there will be prizes presented on both days for costume. Further details on how to enter will be available in coming weeks on this website, social media, local newspapers and in the booklet itself.

Two Museum Spaces – all weekend

Museum 1 – We are privileged to be given on loan an important display of various artifacts loaned by the Prison Service’s Museum for the weekend.

Museum 2 – The arms and implements of the life and times around 1916 – courtesy of Lord Edwards Own re-enactors.

Traditional Craft demonstrations – Sunday 5th June

Artists on the main street will demonstrate Woodcarving, Weaving, Spinning, Pottery making, Lathing, Hurley making & more.

Reading of the Proclamation – Sunday 5th June

Kilcoole Youth Space will participate in the reading of the proclamation followed by traditional music and stories pertaining to the 1916 events.

Vintage Car display

 Art and Photographic exhibitions

1916 Women Rising Up – Art Exhibition

Francis Noel Duffy’s exhibition of paintings to celebrate the women who participated in the 1916 Rising. The women depicted in the paintings were incarcerated during the Irish civil war in Kilmainham Gaol for their anti-treaty beliefs and perceived threat to the Irish government of the time.

Tony Clarkes Art Exhibition ‘1916’

Tony Clarke’s exhibition features some of the 120 images from his 2016 exhibition.  This represents some of the not so well-known people who took part with a focus               on the Women of the Rising.

Life Around Wicklow in 1916      

A selection of  of photographs from 1916 taken all over Wicklow – on loan from Wicklow County Council

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