National Heritage Week is back once more, aiming to boost public awareness of Ireland’s vastly diverse heritage from August 19th – 27th.
A celebration of all that Ireland has to offer, from the natural world to historical walking tours, there’s plenty to do and see for free. More than 450,000 people are expected to attend and take part in over 2,000 events the length and breadth of the country, the majority of which are free.
A wildlife walk will take place along the River Barrow in Carlow on August 20th; take in a film screening of Fis na Fuiseoige in Kilkenny Castle on August 22nd; while the Bandon Walled Town Festival on August 26th will feature workshops, food stalls, period games and much more. If you’re a fan of the legend that is Don Conroy, don’t miss his demonstration on drawing birds using live models in The National Gallery of Ireland!
“People and communities are the custodians of our heritage in all its cultural richness. Heritage Week reminds and inspires us all to look around and enjoy the beautiful heritage in our own local communities and across the country,” said Heather Humphreys, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Nature conservation and the protection of our natural heritage will be an important theme of Heritage Week 2017, with various events focused on topics such as making gardens friendly to pollinators and conducting citizen science projects, alongside wildlife boat tours, forest adventures and many other options. The Heritage Council hopes that the week will demonstrate how every citizen can make small changes to ensure our natural environment is preserved for future generations.
“National Heritage Week this year highlights programmes that showcase how we can successfully become involved in supporting nature conservation and make the connections between the quality of where we live and the quality of our surroundings,” said Michael Parsons, Chairman Designate of the Heritage Council.
To see what’s on over the course of the week, visit heritageweek.ie.