Celebrate your community’s water and its heritage – Water Heritage Day, August 25th
Celebrate water during National Heritage Week, August 17 – 25.
Each year National Heritage Week takes place over the last week of August. It provides opportunities to interact and explore our natural, built and cultural heritage, thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. Many of the events that take place during Heritage Week are supported by national and local community organisations and are free to attend.
Water Heritage Day is Sunday 25th August. It is a collaboration between The Heritage Council and the Local Authority Waters Programme to celebrate water and our connections with it.
Pastimes | Past Times
This year’s theme Pastimes | Past Times is an opportunity to recall great stories, songs, crafts, sports and other activities associated with your local river, lake, canal or coast. Why not organise something in your community? Examples include:
- a trip to discover a holy well;
- the wildlife along a river, lake or coast;
- a guided walk to explore the built and cultural heritage of your local waterway.
As an island nation, our history and our heritage have been shaped by the sea and the great Irish rivers, lakes and wetlands. Stories, songs and poems passed down through generations have preserved deep-rooted traditions and connections with water.
Cities, towns and villages developed along our coast because of access to the sea, deep water ports and river estuaries for trade and transport. Fishing has supported rural communities and ensured a steady supply of fish for table and market. In fact, as a nation we owe a great deal to our natural waters and the myriad of wildlife they support.
If you would like to organise a water heritage event you can register it at https://www.heritageweek.ie/register-an-event/organise-an-event
If you need any assistance from your local Community Water Officer, you can find contact details at http://watersandcommunities.ie/community-water-officers/
The Local Authority Waters Programme works with local authorities, public bodies, stakeholders and local communities to protect, maintain and improve water quality in our natural waters.