Festival will examine town centre living

A the launch of the Architecture Kerry Festival were, from left, James Sugrue, Sugrue Design, Cllr Jim Finucance, Mayor of Kerry, Victoria McCarthy, Architectural Conservation Officer, Kerry County Council, Suzanne Keane, Sugrue Design and Martin O’Donoghue, Director of Housing, Kerry County Council.
Pictures: Pauline Dennigan

Dozens of free guided tours, exhibitions and lectures form part of the programme for the sixth annual Architecture Kerry Festival which takes place between September 22 and October 1.

The hugely popular festival, which is part of the Creative Ireland Kerry Programme, showcases the wide diversity of the architectural landscape in the county and makes some of the best-known sites of architectural significance in the county accessible to all ages.

Free guided tours this year will focus on high quality contemporary architecture, town centre living and renovation projects.

Kerry County Museum and Kerry County Library are also hosting events which explore archaeology, technology and architecture and the county’s built environment.

Kerry County Council’s Architectural Conservation Officer, Victoria McCarthy, said the programme of events has something for everyone, even those with a passing interest in architecture.

Kerry County Council’s Architectural Conservation Officer, Victoria McCarthy

“As in previous years, we have a range of free guided tours of renovated buildings, lighthouses, castles, country houses, walking tours, town centre adaptation projects and much more.,” she said.

On September 28, the Architectural Association of Ireland and Architecture Kerry will present Where an Inch is a Mile to showcase completed and in-progress projects from across the county in Tralee Library at 5.30pm.

On September 29 and 30, the Irish Georgian Society, the Trustees of Muckross House and Architecture Kerry will host the Kingdom of Skills at Muckross Schoolhouse which will include talks and demonstrations from over two dozen practitioners. Students and anyone interested in traditional skills and crafts are especially welcome.

An evening to celebrate Kerry’s Big Houses and an exhibition, entitled Burning the Big House: The Story of the Irish Country House in Revolution 1920-1923, will be hosted by the Kerry Writers’ Museum in Listowel on Friday evening, September 29.

The full programme of events is now available on the Kerry County Council website or via architecture.kerrycoco.ie.

Architecture Kerry is supported by Kerry County Council and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage in partnership with the Heritage Council, the Architectural Association of Ireland, the OPW, the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, the Irish

Georgian Society, the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, the History Department at Maynooth, and the Trustees of Muckross House.

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