Special Events Listing
Pop up cultural events
We run events that take a closer look at some of the elements that form the larger story of human settlement and culture on our island from the arrival of the first settlers to the Norman invasion in 1169. These events will give you a chance to experience our story through a different lens and discover the extraordinary tapestry that our ancestors have left for us.
See below for more details and dates…
Past event - keep a look out for the event in 2022!
Sunday 5th September 2021
Wexford Trad and Folk Trail
Slí Cheoil agus Oidhreachta Cois Sláine: Wexford Trad and Heritage Trail
Sunday 5th September 2-5pm
A music/dance trail around the INHP featuring mostly Wexford traditional, folk and contemporary musicians along with sean nós, dance and spoken word. Is iad Craobh Loch Garman Comhaltas agus an t-Ionad Ealaíon Loch Garman a chur an fhéile seo i bhfeidhm.
In association with Comhaltas, Wexford Arts Centre, supported by Foras Na Gaeilge, Music Generation, Wexford County Council and Arts Council. Normal admission applies.
Check out highlights from the inaugural event.
11th & 12th September
Steelbangers Festival 2021
Experience heat and iron as the forges are fired up for the Second Edition of our Steel Bangers Festival on the 5th and 6th September. Our resident Blacksmith will bring a crew of metalworkers to the Medieval Lodge in the heart of the Park. They will stoke the forges and tell the story of iron and steel and the pivotal role it played in the evolution of our settlement on these shores. The Blacksmith played a key role in village and urban life, they made and repaired everyday items from buckets to knives and agricultural tools. In times of warfare, the Blacksmith was the one who prepared weapons and shields that the fate of the village depended on.
Come and see how the Blacksmiths work and discover the secrets of the anvil and hammer as they ring out under the shelter of the Medieval Lodge. During the festival, you can purchase some crafts made by our Blacksmiths.
Normal admission rates apply. Pre-booking is essential.
August 6th 2021
Carrig Day 2021
We are delighted to be hosting the third Open Day on the Hill of Carrig on Friday 6th August.
The Irish Archaeological Field School have been busy since their return to the hill on the 21st July and can’t wait to welcome our visitors again and showcase what they have been working on. The IAFS have 19 Students from the USA here to uncover the settlement of Carrig as well as community volunteers who have unearthed the walls of a 14th century chapel.
On the 6th August, we will have lots of family activities such as the Bemusement games, Horsemen of Eire displays and outdoor kids camps.
Check out highlights from last year’s event.
29th & 30th May/ 12th & 13th June/ 3rd & 4th July
Cob Roundhouse Demo Days
Over the next month, Gerry Cussen and Dylan Mc Guirk will be in the Park finishing up the cob roundhouse which was started last year as a workshop by Cob On. Unfortunately, this year Gerry won’t be running cobbing workshops but please call in if you would like to see how it’s progressing. These demos will include traditional and low-impact building techniques such as cob walling, round wood timber roofing and thatching.
Thatching and mud-walling are traditional vernacular building techniques, especially in Wexford where clay and reeds were plentiful. Vernacular building techniques extremely sustainable in that the materials are local, minimally processed and even can be recyclable hundreds of years afterwards being first built!
Gerry is currently completing her MSc in Green Building with The Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and has been leading cobbing workshops for 10 years. Dylan is a traditional carpenter with over 20 years experience in building and traditional crafts.
Park admission rates apply.
1st to 7th August 2020
Stone Age residency with Lucy O’Hagan of Wild Awake
Nature lover and ancestral skills practitioner, Lucy O’Hagan (Wild Awake) will be doing a week-long residency here in the park at the beginning of August. She will be sharing her passion, skills and knowledge through courses and demonstrations. See below her schedule for the week:
- Saturday 1st August: Foraging course
- Sunday 2nd August: Foraging demonstration (morning), fire by friction demonstration (afternoon)
- Monday 3rd August: Fish skin tanning course
- Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th August: two-day sheepskin tanning course
- Thursday 6th August: Hide tanning demonstration day
- Friday 7th August: Stone and bone demonstration day
Please note: the demonstration days are free event. However, park admission rates apply. Pre-booking is essential.
July 25th 2020
Cast & Crew Screening
Tuan’s Journey is a short film now showing in our visitor centre. It was produced in house by our very media department to be shown to visitors to the park. It tells the story of Tuan as he travels through Irish History and encounters many different characters. On the 25th of July, we are having a cast and & crew screening for all the people that made this amazing short possible.
Here is a trailer…
February 20th 2020
Free Family Fun Day
We have teamed up with Wexford Credit Union and organised a Free Family Fun day here at the Heritage Park during the mid-term break. On Thursday 20th February, all the family can come and enjoy free admission into the Park. We will be open from 9.30am to 5.30pm with last admissions into the park. Throughout the day, you can enjoy free guided tours, free access to our falconry centre, free trials of Tuan for the children. There will also be some pay and play activities available: Archery (€3 for 10 shots) and Viking shield painting (€5 per shield).
Here’s a fun promo for the day.
November 10th 2019 5pm
Sounding Seams II by Laura Hyland
Sounding Seams II sees Wexford artist, Laura Hyland build upon her 2018 project with the Irish National Heritage Park: last year, responding to the craft of blacksmith, Guy Urbin, and a Greek myth tying the origins of the musical scale to metal forgery, Laura made a series of tuned copper & steel chimes, around which she developed a live performance in the park’s Crannog building. This year, the chimes themselves take on mythic proportions: Laura has made 7 giant chimes in total, ranging in size from 1.5 – 3metres, and positioned high on the hill of Carrick, overlooking the Slaney. Visitors to the park are invited to take mallets in hand and experience sound and harmony in a highly visceral and tactile way. For the official opening of the sculpture on November 10th, (normal park admissions apply) Laura is joined by fellow local Wexican, writer & spoken word artist, Peter Murphy (Cursed Murphy), and renowned Irish percussionist Alex Petcu (Crash Ensemble, NSO) in a collaboratively devised performance, pitting a romantic past against a dystopian future. Funded by Creative Ireland, Irish National Heritage Park & Wexford County Council Arts Dept. Supported by Wexford Arts Centre., Sponsored by F&M Whelan Steel Engineering
Check out highlights from this event.
September 28th 2019
Viking Fire Festival
The first annual Viking Fire Festival will take place in Wexford town on September 28th 2019. The historical Wexford town will be transformed back to Viking times as the Wexford Quayside will host an immersive experience akin to life some 900 years ago. Wexford town will hark back to its roots as the quayside is transformed into a real-life Viking Village. The ancient settlement will be populated throughout the weekend with a host of re-enactors who will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy storytelling, fire events, a Viking market, coin striking, a big dig, Viking music and even the chance to participate in some slave trading! This event is free of charge. The Saturday evening will culminate with a Viking parade on the Wexford Quayside with a fire show by renowned group Inferno. They will fuse fire with circus and movement arts to create a spectacular fire show.
Check out highlights from this event.
October 18th & 19th 2019
Carrig 850 International Conference
October 2019 marks the 850th anniversary of the Carrick site in Co. Wexford. Built in the autumn and winter of 1169 by Robert Fitzstephen, one of the first knights to land at Bannow Bay, Carrick ringwork is the oldest Anglo-Norman fortification in the country and enjoyed a colourful and rich history through the twelfth to fourteenth centuries. The construction of the ringwork, at the start of the Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland, helped set in place a series of key historical events. Two years after Carrick’s construction Henry II visited Ireland, the first reigning English monarch to do so, commencing a constitutional relationship to the crown that resonates to the present day. Despite Carrick’s historical significance, the site has passed in and out of public consciousness. Since 1987 it has been located in the Irish National Heritage Park, who partnered with the Irish Archaeology Field School in 2018 to carry out a major archaeological research programme – ‘Digging the Lost Town of Carrig’. A major aim of this project at its inception was to mark the 850th anniversary of the site, and the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland, through a series of commemorative events culminating in this conference and the publication of a ‘Carrick Volume’. The conference draws together a panel of local, national and international archaeologists and historians to mark a foundational moment in Irish History. It is hoped both the conference and book will help bring Carrick’s importance into both the local consciousness and the realm of academic discourse, whilst also exploring and celebrating the impact and legacy of the Anglo-Normans in Wexford – where there first footsteps were taken!