The Hearth of Winter

Date 20.12.2020 - 20.12.2020
Time 02:00 PM
Venue Merlin Woods
Organiser Friends of Merlin Woods
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Friends of Merlin Woods is association with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture present The Hearth of Winter.

Friends of Merlin Woods are back with the second of three special events as part of their Galway 2020 Small Towns Big Ideas project. The Hearth of Winter is an event that celebrates the woods, remembers all that has passed in the preceding year and looks forward to the year ahead with hope and renewal in mind.

This year they have something very special in store with a classical music performance by the Corrib String Quartet, which will be livestreamed from the woods. And as the sun goes down, the lights will come up on the wood’s very own Christmas Tree!

Nature is important in so many people’s lives and in this year of COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns the freedom, wellness and joy that Merlin Woods gives us all year round has never been clearer.

The Hearth of Winter activities will commence in the week leading up to 20 December with the engagement of schools and community groups in the placing of homemade birdfeeders in the woods to ensure the many birds of the woods have food throughout the harshest part of winter. On Sunday 20 December, people will also have the opportunity to bring their own homemade birdfeeders to hang in the woods from 2 to 4pm.

Due to public health restrictions, we will not be able to permit a live audience for the Corrib String Quarter performance, but this will be livestreamed from 4pm and will also be available to view online afterwards. People will also be able to view the beautifully lit Christmas Tree at their own leisure as the lights will remain in place over the Christmas period.

Strict COVID-19 protocols will be in operation for all of The Hearth of Winter activities. All enquiries to

Livestreaming and updates available on the Friends of Merlin Woods Facebook group

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