Heritage Week has become one of Ireland’s largest cultural events. A full programme of events will take place in Clare throughout National Heritage Week from Saturday 13th August, to Sunday, 21st August, 2022, with more than 75 events registered by heritage groups throughout county Clare to date.
The focus of Heritage Week this year is on sustainable heritage and biodiversity. Clare County Council is calling on heritage newcomers, enthusiasts and experts alike to tune in to the digital events and attend the many in-person events featured over the nine days of Heritage Week. People are asked to consider how they might encourage and promote sustainability in their own lives during Heritage Week and beyond.
Wild Child Day on Wednesday, 20th August, encourages children and families to swap devices, for the outdoors to explore heritage in their locality. Áine Ní Fhlatharta of Irish Seed Savers invites people to spend some time in the woods, to enjoy some Forest School nature activities and connect with Ireland’s amazing woodland ecology https://www.heritageweek.ie/event-listings/wild-child-in-the-woods.
Happy Out Forest School want children to come to Wild Child at John O’Sullivan Park in Ennis for scavenger hunts and bushcraft, including woodland games https://www.heritageweek.ie/event-listings/family-woodland-fun-in-john-osullivan-park-ennis-co-clare.
Water Heritage Day will take place on Sunday, 21st August, in partnership with the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO). In Clare, our history and heritage have been shaped by the sea, rivers, lakes and wetlands. Water Heritage Day will highlight projects that celebrate water and our connections with it. Among the events planned for Water Heritage Day is a family fun day in the Shannon Town Community Wetlands looking at wetland plants and animals, undertaking a pond-dip to check out what lives in the water, and to partake in outdoor games.
Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) has recently purchased Ketts Lough, part of Tullagher Lough and Bog SAC in County Clare for the purpose of protecting and conserving it for future generations.
The IPCC will share a short video on 15th August at 10am on IPCC’s YouTube channel and social media, showing this beautiful wetland habitat and the local biodiversity which make it an incredibly important wildlife refuge. While the Clarecastle Heritage Group will launch five films on preserving the fishing heritage and local history of the area.
To see what events are taking place in your locality or across the county visit www.heritageweek.ie Participants can browse the website to create a bespoke National Heritage Week ‘Events Trail’ to help plan the week according to location, particular heritage interests and preferred event type, such as an outing, walk, social gathering or online event etc.