The theme of Heritage Week 2023 is “Living Heritage”. This is an opportunity to explore our intangible cultural heritage and links with the past through customs, practices and traditions.
Water Heritage Day on Sunday 20th August will focus on discovering traditional knowledge, skills and practices associated with our natural waters. As an island nation we have a tradition of storytelling and many of our legends and folklore offer insights into the wisdom and customs of previous generations, and their associations with water. This year is an opportunity to highlight past and more recent stories. Why not host your own Stories from the waterside event?
There are lots of engaging ways to celebrate this important cultural connection for example, following a river from source to sea, producing a booklet on a local waterway, organising a boat tour or a river safari. The following guide offers a collection of ideas for anyone thinking about organising an event or project NHW23-101-Event-Ideas.pdf (heritageweek.ie)
This week is also an opportunity to celebrate our pristine waters that have been passed down from previous custodians. Learn about this valuable link to our past, the fascinating species that depend on these waters (including the Freshwater pearl mussel with a life span of over 100 years!) and how we can help protect and improve them.