Irish National Heritage Week begins this weekend

National Heritage Week is looming, and here is all you need to know to get involved in this celebration of all things unique to Ireland.

Irish National Heritage Week begins this weekend.

It’s that time of that year again when we celebrate Ireland’s natural, built, and cultural heritage. Over nine days, plenty of exciting events will aim to bring you closer to Irish heritage by encouraging its conservation and preservation.

With a wide range of events and projects across the country, there is no excuse to miss out on this fascinating connection with Ireland and all the things that make it special.

So, here is all you need to know to get involved in Ireland’s National Heritage Week, beginning this Saturday, 12 August 2023.

National Heritage Week – a nine-day celebration

Irish National Heritage Week begins this weekend.
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The events taking place nationwide cover a wide range of themes, including forests and woodland, our diverse wildlife, coastal and marine life, folklore, and local history.

No matter where your interests lie, there is something for everyone during this nine-day celebration, so there is no excuse to miss out on this year’s National Heritage Week, the theme of which is ‘Living Heritage.’

As well as walks, family events, talks, and historical tours across Ireland, those who cannot travel will have access to digital projects, including virtual tours, exhibitions, and plenty of fascinating historical information to make the celebration inclusive to all.

If that wasn’t enough, there is a wide range of free events, which are fantastic for meeting like-minded individuals, spending quality time with the family, and enjoying all that Ireland offers, whether out in nature or exploring historical monuments.

Some unmissable events – a range of topics and themes

Nature lovers can look forward to a guided walk of County Wicklow’s Mount Usher Gardens.
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As we are all aware, Ireland has plenty of exciting features, so it might be overwhelming to know where to begin with the celebration of our country’s heritage. So, let us give you some inspiration.

Nature lovers can look forward to a guided walk around County Wicklow’s Mount Usher Gardens (16-17 August) and a biodiversity and nature walk along the banks of the Slaney in County Wexford (18 August).

Highlights for history buffs include the Rebel Rising Tour at Dublin’s GPO Museum (16 August) and a series of World War One re-enactments at Johnstown Castle Estate in Wexford (19-20 August).

Families can enjoy a family fun day at Killeshin Reservoir in County Laois, where activities include orienteering (20 August), and getting up close to nature at the Wild Child Adventures event in County Kilkenny (19 August).

Those interested in the cultural heritage of Ireland should check out the demonstrations of traditional Irish games, including hurling and road bowling, in Mitchelstown, County Cork (19 August), and the historical walking tour of Malahide Village (13 August).

Enjoying National Heritage Week – tips for getting involved

Wild Child Day takes place on 19 August.
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National Heritage Week runs 12-20 August, with events occurring across Ireland. While over 1,000 events are free, booking is essential in some cases for limited spots, so be sure to plan to avoid disappointment.

There are various themed days, such as Wild Child Day on 19 August, encouraging children to learn about their surroundings, and Water Heritage Day on 20 August, celebrating Ireland’s connection to water, which features many events.

In addition, be mindful of preserving the environment, support local businesses, and try to explore as many incredible events as possible.

Find more information here.

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