National Heritage Week 2017 | Take a closer look at the Irish coast

Heritage Week returns (19th – 27th August) with events across the country to celebrate and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. With many of the events being free it’s a great chance to get involved and learn more about the unique heritage of our island.

There’s so much to choose from so we picked out a few really interesting events that focus on our coastal environment and the marine creatures that live there.

National Heritage Week 2017 Marine Environment

1. Onboard a research vessel | 20th, 27th August 10am – 4pm, Kilmore Quay, Wexford

Come onboard a research vessel to learn about Ireland’s ancient and submerged landscapes with ‘Cherish and Infomar’.

Meet marine geologists and archaeologists from the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Discovery Programme onboard a research vessel. Learn how the INFOMAR team map Ireland’s seabed and about the exciting new coastal heritage project CHERISH

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2. Geology Walk Greystones Beach | 26th August 11am- 1pm South Beach, Greystones

Join geologist Koen Verbruggen and geological engineer Sean Mason on a guided walk along Greystones seafront. Introduction to Geology, marine mapping, engineering geology of the harbour and coastal erosion on North Beach.

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3. Whale Watch 2017 | 26th August Various locations around the coast

Taking place at 20 locations around the coast the watches are land-based and will be led by experienced IWDG researchers, enthusiasts and whale watchers, who will show you how to observe and identify some of the more commonly-recorded cetacean species seen in Irish waters. The event also provides IWDG researchers with a unique snapshot of whale and dolphin activity around the Irish coast on the same day.

For full list of locations visit the IWDG website

Skibbereen Heritage Centre

4. Touch Tanks at Lough Hyne | 26th August 11.30am – 1.30pm Skibbereen Heritage Centre, Cork

Join UCC marine biologists as they interpret marine species from Lough Hyne. Touch and feel underwater creatures from the tanks while you learn about them.

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5. Seashore Walk and Talk | 27th August 3pm – 6pm Maghery Community Centre, Donegal

A talk on coastal marine life, featuring the life and work of Maude Delap, a marine biologist who was born in the Templecrone Rectory. This will be followed by a low tide walk along Maghery Strand.

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