I love Heritage Week. It’s run every year at the end of August and is a great chance to see places that wouldn’t normally be open to the general public. So far this week I’ve been on a tour of Coopershill House, Riverstown, Sligo which was very interesting and the first time I’ve been in the house itself. It was one of the places I photographed for the Hidden Histories book so brilliant to actually get a look inside it. The house is not only home to Simon and his family but it is also a luxury hotel and also serves dinner for non-residents. You can find out more about Coopershill here.
Simon was a great guide to have for the house tour, we got to see the bedrooms which are just amazing and also the basement – the original kitchen is now a games room. We heard about the history of the house and found out that Ronan O’Gara’s granny was born in the old stable house at Coopershill.
Today I went along to Markree Castle as they had a fleece to yarn demo. It was very interesting seeing the process of turning fleece into wool, I had no idea how much work was involved. We also heard about dying the yarn, you can even dye it with natural things such as ivy and heather.
As always I took a lot more photos from Coopershill and Markree. You can see those on my flickr page.