National Heritage Week Ireland takes place from 20 – 28 August 2016
Discover the past. Build the future.

Each year many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout Ireland. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage.

Heritage week 2016

Here are a list of events which might interest those of us who enjoy our local rivers and waters:

Biodiversity Garden Workshop

Discovering Biodiversity Garden Workshop:

Global Action Plan are hosting a FREE family workshop unearthing all of the living things that call our community garden home – with games, planting activities and a bug hunt!

Thursday 25th August , 13:00 PM to 15:00 PM in the Virgin Mary Community Garden, Shangan Rd, Ballymun, Dublin 9.

This outdoor workshop is free and places will be limited, so booking is required. Get in contact with Sharon or one of the GAP team to reserve places.

[email protected]  01 8832185

Major Bridges across the Shannon, Brosna, Grand Canal

Offaly Heritage:

This Saturday 20th August James Scully will lead a trip to look at some of the major bridges in West Offaly which cross the Shannon, Brosna, Grand Canal and old railways. Packed lunch and strong footwear and an element of fitness essential. €15.00 for bus. Leaving Tullamore, Bury Quay 9.45am, return 6.30pm. Book with [email protected]. Another unique Heritage Week event!

Guided Walks of Galway’s waterways

Dúchas na Gaillimhe – Galway Civic Trust

A guided walk of Galway’s Waterways with Michael Quinn bringing together the varied social, industrial and ecclesiastical heritages of the River Corrib and its associated waterways.

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 091 564946

Wildlife along the River Glore

Guided wildlife walk along River Glore/River Gweestion looking at local flora and fauna

Event Organiser/Organisation: Giorria Environmental Services

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 0863620928

Kayak along the majestic  River Blackwater

Kayakalong the magestic River Blackwater, once traveled by Vikings, Knights and Walter Raleigh. Exlpore the history of this ancient waterway -Molena Abbey, Temple Micheal Castle, Ballinatray House
Event Organiser/Organisation: Ardmore Adventures

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 0833743889


Talk on the Loobagh Invasive Species Control Project

Talk on the Loobagh Invasives Species Control project with emphasis on Giant Hogweed. information on the approach to control on the River Loobagh

Event Organiser/Organisation: Ballyhoura Development Ltd

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 087- 1940608


The Great Dodder Weir

Dr Christopher Moriarty, author of Down the Dodder guides a historical walk around the most impressive of the Dodder Weirs at Firhouse. Meet outside the Cottage Tea-rooms, Firhouse at 4 pm.

Event Organiser/Organisation: Dodder Action (community group)

Email: [email protected]



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