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Ardee Concert Band to perform at National Heritage Week

This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Ardee Concert Band will perform at Old Mellifont Abbey later this month as part of National Heritage Week – with a huge programme of events scheduled to take place across the county from August 19th to August 27th.

Old Mellifont Abbey is the venue for much of the festival and it will host major open days on both Sunday August 20th and 27th. On the latter of the days, Ardee Concert Band will take to the stage to performa recital for the crowd in Ireland’s First Cistercian Abbey whilst Ardee Archery Club will also be in attendance.


The Concert Band – the third oldest in Ireland – are slated to perform between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Sunday 27th with the archery ‘Have A Go!’ session running from 12pm to 4pm on the same day.

There’s much more to see and do at Old Mellifont each weekend and there are a host of Heritage Week events across the county during the week too in venues including Dunleer, Carlingford, Drogheda and Dundalk.

In addition to the Ardee interest on show at Old Mellifont on Sunday 27th, there is one event taking place in the town itself. That is one Thursday August 24th, as Ardee Library hosts a Meitheal Dúchas.ie/Logainm.ie session.

The aim of the initiative is to allow people the  opportunity to transcribe folklore material, originally collected by schoolchildren for the National Folklore Collection in the 1930s. It is considered one of the most successful crowdsourcing projects of its kind in the world. The public are asked to record minor placenames, such as field names, via a simple online form.

Anyone can come along to Ardee Library and find out how to contribute to the preservation of Ireland’s cultural heritage in the session, which lasts from 2.15 to 3pm on August 24th. Admission is free but you must book your place by calling 041 685 9023 or e-mailing [email protected].

For more information about National Heritage Week and to see a comprehensive list of events taking place around Ireland, check out the website.

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