Heritage Week 19th – 26th August 2018

Talk: Dalkey’s Atmospheric Railway

Dalkey Castle will host a talk by Tom Conlon on the Atmospheric Railway on Monday 20th August at 7.00pm.

Dalkey’s Atmospheric Railway was the world’s first commercial vacuum-driven train. A steam-driven vacuum pump located in Dalkey evacuated air from a pipe between the rails of a train. At its peak, it ran 35 trains a day. In 1854, the line was leased by the Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow and Dublin Railway Company, and quickly converted for conventional locomotive trains.

The talk will feature original engineering plans which have rarely been seen in the past 100 years.

“The Kingstown/Dalkey Atmospheric Train 1844-1854 – a marvel of Victorian engineering.”

Harry Blake Knox

Tom will use the opportunity to briefly show some of his treasured collection of Harry Blake Knox’s photos taken in Dalkey in the late 1800s.

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre – Free Living History Tours on Monday 20th and Thursday 23rd at 10.00am.

Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers Guided Walk – BOOKED OUT

Guided Walk in Dalkey. This highly popular walk will be offered as part of Heritage Week on Thursday 23rd August from Dalkey Castle at 6.15pm. It lasts one hour. Admission is free but must be pre-booked.  BOOKED OUT

Coin Minting demonstrations

Coin Minting demonstrations – Learn how to make money! Mint you own coins!

The Coin MinterUse your freshly minted Viking coin to get a €1 reduction per person on the same day for the Living History Tour. Sitric the Coin Minter shows how to mint Viking currency! Coin Minting demonstrations will take place on both Sundays in Heritage Week 19th & 26th August from 11.15 -1.00pm outside Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre.

All of the above events are free admission for Heritage Week but must be pre-booked by telephone 01 2858366 or email to info@dalkeycastle.com