Rivers users, wildlife experts, water professionals and the local community…
Celebrate Water Heritage Day – Sunday August 27th 2017
Heritage Week runs from 19th – 27th August 2017 providing opportunities to get outside and discover the wonders of our natural, built and cultural heritage.
Heritage Week allows us take time out with family and friends to visit wild and wonderful places, enjoy traditions and events familiar or new, and make memories that will stand the test of time.
Water Heritage Day on Sunday August 27th will provide an opportunity to celebrate water and what it means to us. We all depend on a clean and plentiful supply of water in our daily lives – it underpins our personal health and well-being and contributes immeasurably to our local and national economies.
Whilst often available in abundance across Ireland, clean, healthy water is a precious and fragile resource that needs our care and attention to protect it for present and future generations.
Many of the beautiful places in Ireland are linked with our rivers, lakes, springs and coasts. These wild and wonderful places and the wildlife they support provide inspiration and enjoyment for young and old. There is so much to discover about water as it moves through catchments in rivers, lakes and underground on its journey from source to sea.
On Sunday 27th August take time to explore your local stream, river, lake or beach and join others as we celebrate water during Heritage Week 2017.
The Local Authority Waters and Communities Office is collaborating with the Heritage Council in promoting Water Heritage Day 2017. If you wish to take part or organise an event, or to get more information simply visit www.heritageweek.ie/news or www.watersandcommunities.ie to contact your local Community Water Officer.
Here are 10 great water-based events happening on Water Heritage Day!
Onboard a Research Vessel – Kilmore Quay, Wexford
20, 27 August, 10am – 4pm
Come onboard our research vessel to learn about Ireland’s ancient and submerged landscapes with ‘Cherish and Infomar’. Meet marine geologists and archaeologists from the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Discovery Programme onboard a research vessel. Learn how the INFOMAR team map Ireland’s seabed and about the exciting new coastal heritage project CHERISH.
Dodder Otter Spotting – Dropping Well, Milltown, Dublin
27 August, 10am – 12pm
Go Dodder otter spotting and become aware of the river’s nature with Tim Clabon of the Irish Wildlife Trust. We will walk to Rathfarnham Bridge and while we can’t be sure to see otters we will see their slides and perhaps their holts as well as insects, birds, fish and the special flora of the river!
Salmon of Knowledge Festival – Trim Castle, Meath
27 August, 11am – 5:30pm
Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival, brought to you by Trim Tourism Network, takes place August 27th, Water Day-Heritage Week 2017, in conjunction with Race Around Ireland. The festival is set against the magnificent backdrop of Trim Castle and will showcase cultural, historical and sporting activities both local and throughout the Boyne valley. It’s set to be a great day with a packed programme of events and activities including our own Boyne Adventure Race using the River Boyne through Trim. With traditional music and dance, drama performances, stalls from Trim and Boyne Valley craftspeople, and entertainment throughout the day.
Kilbeggan Funday by the Brosna – Renew Kilbeggan, Westmeath
27 August, 12pm – 2:30pm
The River Brosna is Kilbeggan’s best-kept secret.. that is until now! A walk along the Brosna during Family Funday will enable children and adults alike to discover it’s secrets and amazing wildlife.
Something Fishy Going On – Glenveagh National Park, Donegal
27 August, 12pm – 4pm
An excellent opportunity to observe juvenile trout and salmon in an aquarium. Participants will have the opportunity to view a range of macroinvertebrates under microscopes. Fisheries Officers will be available to discuss the life cycle of various fish species and environmental factors that affect their survival. Participants will be able to view a range of macroinvertebrates including mayflies, stoneflies and freshwater shrimp to name a few.
Water Heritage Open Day – Old Cork Waterworks Experience, Cork
27 August, 12pm – 4pm
As a special event for Heritage Week, Old Cork Waterworks Experience presents “Water Heritage Open Day”, a family fun day themed on the industrial heritage of Cork’s Victorian Waterworks. Throughout the day the team will provide guided tours of the impressive engine and boiler rooms offer an insight into the working day of a waterworks employee and map the role of water supply with the growth of Cork City. There are a range of engaging and educational activities available including make & do, marine science, giant bubbles as well as launching water rockets and a water science zone.
Broadmeadow River Family Day – Deerpark, Ashbourne, Meath
27 August, 12pm – 4:30pm
Join local enthusiasts as well as environmental experts for a family educational fun experience covering many fields on the biodiversity of the Broadmeadow. Identification of insects and an opportunity to see aquatic insects living in the river, learn how important they are for the other wildlife. Workshops on how to build an insect hotel, learn about invasive species and how to report, we will make some bird & bat boxes. A river cleanup will also take place early in the day and the rubbish found will be put on display. Waste will be sorted to demonstrate what can be recycled. New planting where flood alleviation was carried out.
Free Boat Rides – Oldbridge Sealock – Lock 1, Oldbridge, Drogheda, Meath
27 August, 1pm – 5pm
Boyne Canal voluntary restoration group offers trips along the Oldbridge section. It’s a unique opportunity to experience the canal from the water rather than the road. Restoration volunteers welcome. This is their 4th successive year offering free boat trips on the Boyne Canal. Why not bring the whole family to experience it in all its glory. You can observe the ongoing restoration work of IWAI volunteers and perhaps be tempted to join them, newcomers are always welcomed. Their aim is to restore this waterway to what it once was, a key attraction in the Boyne Valley, which is now also a part of Ireland’s Ancient East. Donations of knowledge, skills, materials or supplies are always welcome.
River Biodiversity Walk and Write – The Diving Boards of the River Barrow on the Quay, Kilkenny
27 August, 2pm – 4pm
River biodiversity walk and writing workshop featuring the River Barrow and drawing inspiration from what we see along the water’s edge. Led by biodiversity officer and children’s author Shane Casey. Celebrate National Water Heritage Day during Ireland’s Town of Books Festival August 25-27, where you will find 30+ booksellers, from specialist antiquities to children’s books filling every corner of this ancient riverside monastery town. Shane Casey works as a Biodiversity Officer and has published two delightful children’s books, he will lead us on a walk, talk and writing workshop on the banks of the River Barrow. Bring your notebook and pencil. See more at www.shanecaseybooks.ie
Discover Your Catchment – Dunleer Market House, Louth
27 August, 2pm – 5pm
Enjoy an afternoon of arts and science at this interactive exhibit to learn about your catchment and the creatures that live in your catchment. Hosted by the Our Community, Our Water Project. As a special event for Water Heritage Day, discover why clean, healthy rivers and streams are so important for everyone in a catchment, including the bugs. Enjoy an afternoon of arts and science at this interactive exhibit to learn about your catchment and the creatures that live in your catchment. This family-friendly exhibit is hosted by the Our Community, Our Water Project with support from LAWCO.
For other water related events near you, check The Heritage Council’s website for more details.
Remember to always stay safe on or near water.
Other events from around the country for Water Heritage Day
- Kayak Tour of Limerick City http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/1-5-hr-kayaking-tour
- Kayaking Tester Tour Limerick City http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/kayaying-tester-tour
- Kayaking Tour Limerick City http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/2-5-hr-kayaking-tours
- SUP tour Limerick City http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/2-5-hr-sup-tours
- Sailing Tour Limerick City http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/1-5-hr-sailing-tour
- Barrow River Safari Kilkenny http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/barrow-river-safaris
- River Dodder Otter Spotting Dublin http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/dodder-otter-spotting
- Walk the Towpath of Richmond Harbor Longford http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/walk-with-the-big-boats
- Grand Canal Walk Dublin http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/grand-canal-walk
- Grand Canal Dublin http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/grand-canal-walk-dublin-city
- One Dodder Day, Photographic Exhibition http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/one-dodder-day
- Sea Marine and Heritage Boat Tour Donegal http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/sea-safari-marine-heritage
- Coastal Heritage Cruise Donegal http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/coastal-heritage-cruise
- Free Boat Rides Boyne Canal in Drogheda http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/free-boat-rides
- Cruise through Leinster Aqueduct http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/cruise-to-leinster-aqueduct
Educational and historical
- Learn About Coastal Marine Life Walk Donegal http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/seashore-talk-and-walk
- Seaweed Identification day at Ellen Hutchins Festival in Cork http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/seaweeds-exploring-the-shore
- James Caird Expedition Exhibition in Kildare http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/incredible-voyage-the-james-caird
- Martello Tower Tours Dublin http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/summer-of-heritage-11
- History of Dun Laoghaire Harbor Walk http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/summer-of-heritage-20
- Wicklow Coastal Cliff Loop Walk http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/wicklow-cliff-loop-walk-1
- Meet Marine Biologists on a Research Vessel in Wexford http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/onboard-a-research-vessel
- Fly Fishing Museum in Durrow Laois http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/museum-free-for-heritage-week
- Open Day at Clare’s Loop Head Lighthouse http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/open-day-at-loop-head-house
- Dolphin Spotting at the Shannon http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/dolphins-and-nature
- Reconnect with Water Learn About Your Local Catchments GLore Mill Mayo http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/reconnecting-with-local-water
- Discover Your Catchment Exhibition in Louth http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/discover-your-catchment
- Family Event Pirate Day at Hook Lighthouse http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/pirate-day-august-27th
- Walk and Write along the River Barrow http://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/river-biodiversity-walk-and-write