OPW delighted to launch the 2018 Discover Derrynane Weekend 15th June to 17th June 2018

13 June 18

This weekend the OPW’s ‘Discover Derrynane’ weekend festival, which is in its fifth year, will showcase the natural and cultural heritage of Derrynane and the surrounding area.

Aimed at families, the festival provides an action-packed programme of free educational activities, walks, talks, tours, documentaries, music and art.  Most of the activity providers are locally based and topics range from archaeology, dark sky observing, wild plant medicine walks, seaweed walks and bat walks, to music, painting and photography to name a few. This year, for the first time, the festival also includes a number of exhibitions, including wildlife and landscape photography.

Minister Moran said, “My Office, the Office of Public Works, has an important conservation remit to maintain the built heritage in State care.  This festival is a wonderful opportunity to educate the public about the importance of our built heritage and our commitment to sustaining the natural environment here in Derrynane while also promoting the fabulous attractions in Derrynane & the local area.

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Notes to Editors:
Discover Derrynane Weekend – Friday 15th – Sunday 17th June 2018 – full details on the free activities and events, including guided walks, workshops and family activities are available on the attached brochure or on the website www.derrynanehouse.ie
Derrynane House and National Historic Park

Derrynane House, located 3.5km from Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry, is the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell and the house is now a museum dedicated to the life of Daniel O'Connell and his great achievements.  Derrynane was transferred to the State in 1964 and most of the old demesne of Derrynane is now included in Derrynane National Historic Park, an area of approximately 120 hectares under the care of the Office of Public Works (OPW).
Derrynane National Historic Park which is on Fáilte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way route has 1.5km of shoreline with sand dunes and beaches, including a Blue Flag beach. There are a variety of trails throughout the grounds, including a section of the Kerry Way, a Mass Path and a seashore nature trail.
Information on fees and opening times are available on www.derrynanehouse.ie