Share a story and make a connection on Water Heritage Day Sunday 26th August.

Irish people are traditionally great story tellers, you could say it’s in our DNA.  Stories, legends and folklore passed down through generations are an integral part of our heritage.  As an island nation, many of these stories relate to the seas that surround us and the rivers and lakes that connect us. Sharing stories is important, as it helps relive them in the present and preserve them for the future. The theme of Heritage Week 2018 is ‘Share a story, make a connection’ which fits well with the celebration of water on Heritage Day.   

Water Heritage Day on Sunday 26th August is an ideal opportunity to get outside and discover the natural and built heritage of your local waters, like rivers, lakes, wells and coastal areas. The Waters & Communities Office in collaboration with the Heritage Council is supporting and promoting community events across the country that will bring people together during heritage week to share stories and memories of times gone by and to explore the magic and mystery of life in and along our waters.

For details of Water Heritage Day events in your local area check out and for contact details of your local Community Water Officer visit

And remember, always respect water and be safe!



Coastal Heritage and Climate Change

Find out more about the impacts of climate change and storms on our coastal and underwater cultural heritage through a series of events taking places in Wicklow, Waterford, Fingal and also in Wales.

This research is part of the CHERISH (Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands) project: a 5 year European Union-funded Ireland-Wales program, supported by the Heritage Council. The project aims to raise awareness and understanding of the past, present and near future impacts of climate change, storminess and extreme weather events on the rich cultural heritage of the Irish and Welsh regional seas and coast. The project employs innovative techniques such as drone survey and laser scanning to study some of the most iconic coastal locations in Ireland and Wales.