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Heritage Week 2019 August 17 to 25

9 August 2019

The 17th annual celebration of County Clare’s built, natural and cultural heritage is being coordinated locally by Clare County Council and The Heritage Council, with support from Fáilte Ireland and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The annual initiative is Ireland’s most popular cultural event and this year over 450,000 people nationwide are expected to participate in over 2,000 events aimed at encouraging people to take an interest in their local heritage.

Clare County Council has confirmed that local events taking place include field trips, film screenings, workshops, exhibitions, maritime excursions, historical re-enactments, and local history walks and talks.

Among the events and activities is whale watching at Black Head Lighthouse; “The Story of a Cave Rescue” at Cultúrlann Sweeney, Kilkee; a talk on Cahiracon House at Kildysart Community Centre; “Bugs, Blooms and the Burren” at the UCG Research Station in Carran; and “Life on the Seashore” at Bishop’s Quarter beach.

Cllr. Cathal Crowe, Mayor of Clare, said, “Heritage Week will help to encourage a greater sense of ownership of and respect for Clare’s unique heritage amongst people throughout the County.”

He added, “Clare County Council and the organisers of the various events should be commended for the central role they play in conserving and protecting our heritage for future generations.”

Congella McGuire, Clare County Council Heritage Officer, commented: “One of the primary objectives of Clare Heritage Week is to further increase engagement between the people of Clare and the heritage of their county. In doing so, we hope to engender a greater sense of awareness and appreciation of Clare’s cultural, built and natural heritage.”

“In order to facilitate the needs of families it was decided once again to hold Heritage Week in mid to late August so that parents could participate in the various events, many of which are outdoors, with their children before they return to school”, added. Ms. McGuire.

Meanwhile, the Heritage Council is once again hosting the National Heritage Week Awards recognising the work of event organisers and volunteers taking part during Heritage Week 2019.   Recipients will be honoured at a Heritage Council Awards Day. Visit www.heritageweek.ie or contact 1850-200878 for more details on events happening in Clare.

Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union.

Page last updated: 09/08/19

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