Heritage Week 2017 | Great Opportunity to Explore Irish Maritime History

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!

Cheekpoint village 1940’s (Credit Waterford Harbour’s Tides’n’Tales)

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.  

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Arklow Lifeboat Station

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.

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Arklow Harbour c.1910 (Credit Arklow Maritime Museum)

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. 

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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.

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(Credit Seatrails.ie)

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.

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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!)

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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.

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About the Author

Ann Robinson
Has a passion for coastal heritage and maritime history. Loves sharing the best of the Irish coast online. Contact me ann@coastmonkey.ie or follow me on Twitter @AnnRobinson22