Heritage Week returns from the 19th – 27th August with events all across the country celebrating our natural, built and cultural heritage. With many of the events being free, it’s a great chance to get learn more about the unique heritage of our island.
With so much to choose from we whittled down to a few of our top picks definitely worth checking out!
1. Cheekpoint’s Maritime Heritage | 19th August 5.30 – 7.30pm Waterford
Join Waterford Harbour’s Tides’n’Tales for a gentle and informative 2km walk delving into the fascinating maritime and fishery heritage of Cheekpoint situated at the meeting of the three sister rivers; Barrow, Nore and Suir.
2. Take a look around Arklow Lifeboat Station | 19th August 2 – 4pm Wicklow
Great opportunity to take a look around one of Ireland’s first lifeboats stations that opened in 1826.
3. Arklow Maritime Museum Open Day | 20th August 10am – 5pm Wicklow
Visit the well-stocked Arklow Maritime Museum established 1976 by local seafarers. Come see boat models and lots of interesting exhibits celebrating Arklow’s Maritime history.
4.West Cork Coastal Cultures | 21st August 8 – 9.30pm Cork
Enjoy a presentation by Breda Moriarty from the Deep Maps Project that explores human responses to marine resources through literary, historical, archaeological & visual sources using specific examples from Bantry Bay.
5. Spanish Armada Trail | 23rd August 10.30am – 12pm Sligo
Retrace the steps of a Spanish captain in a wonderful coastal walk with maritime archaeologist Auriel Robinson. Captain De Cuellar’s ship was wrecked at Streedagh after the storm in 1588. Booking required.
6. Guided Tours of the National Maritime Museum | 21st & 23rd August Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Visit the excellent National Maritime Museum of Ireland housed in Dún Laoghaire’s 180-year-old Mariners Church where experienced guides will bring you on a voyage of discovery and share some fascinating insights into Irish maritime history (Must prebook – this will be very popular!)
6. The Maritime History of Maudlintown | 24th August 11 am 12.30pm Wexford
Enjoy a walking tour of Maudlintown and the Magdalene Graveyard recalling the maritime history of the area. Lead by Jack O’ Leary, a local maritime historian and retired mariner.