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.
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.
Here's just a selection of the events happening on Water Heritage Day.
The Shannon: Sights and Sounds
26 August, 2pm - 3pm - The Irish Workhouse Centre & The Waters and Communities Office, Portumna Bridge Galway Side, Co. Galway
Come on a short walk and talk along the Shannon in Portumna. We will look at flora and fauna.Hear stories of the nearby Workhouse , Hymany way and how the river has contributed to the local community.
Dungarvan Harbour Heritage Walk
26 August, 3pm - 4:30pm, Waters & Communities Office, Civic Offices Dungarvan, Co. Waterford
Come along and enjoy a leisurely walk along part of Dungarvan Harbour, and hear the heritage of this special place from William Fraher of Waterford County Museum.
Water Heritage Open Day
26 August, 11am - 4pm, Old Cork Waterworks Experience, Co. Cork City
A special event for Heritage Week, Old Cork Waterworks Experience presents “Water Heritage Open Day”, a family fun day themed on the industrial heritage and history of Cork’s Victorian Waterworks.
Water Biodiversity & Conservation
26 August, 3pm - 5pm, Dartrey Heritage, Opposite Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre, Co. Monaghan
To mark National Water Day take part in a walk and talk about the water biodiversity and water analysis of the area around the Lady Anne Dawson Temple!! Please wear appropriate walking attire.
A talk on Dolphins and Whales
26 August, 11am - 12pm, Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter, Dillons Hotel, Co. Donegal
A talk with Michael Marrinan Bsc Marine Biology on the whales and Dolphins in Irish waters and how our lives affect the ocean.
For details of Water Heritage Day events in your local area check out what's onnow. For contact details of your local Community Water Officer visit watersandcommunities.ie.
And remember, always respect water and be safe!
Heritage Week will take place from 18-26 August 2018 with over 2,000 events happening across Ireland, see what's on near you.