Heritage Week 2019 – celebrating water and our connections to it
Heritage Week took place this year from 17- 25 August. The theme this year was ’Pastimes|Past Times’. Events took place all around the country, culminating in Water Heritage Day on Sunday 25 August.
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.
This year’s Heritage Week theme Pastimes | Past Times was an opportunity to recall great stories, songs, crafts, sports and other activities associated with your local river, lake, canal or coast.