Sustainability and biodiversity are the themes of National Heritage Week 2022 which kicks off this Saturday.
Over the course of the week there will be 1,300 events going ahead around the country to celebrate our rich natural, built and cultural heritage.
Some highlights from this year’s National Heritage Week programme in the Swords Local Electoral Area include:
- Tour of the Ward Valley – ‘Reconnecting with Nature in a 18th Century Built Landscape’ with Mike Power. Click here to book.
- Learn tree maintenance at Northwood Park Santry with Orla Farrell. Click here to book.
- Swords Heritage Walk organised by Swords Tidy Towns with Mike Power. Details below.
To see all the events planned for Heritage Week 2022, go to www.heritageweek.ie.
Cllr Ian Carey said:
“This week is a great moment to stop and engage with our built heritage, our history, and the natural world all around us. Most of us don’t usually stop to think about some of the history and stories that make our towns and villages special. This is a great moment to do just that.
“What is new about National Heritage Week this year is the emphasis on conserving what we have for future generations. That is so important.
“Skills and traditions can be lost if we don’t work to pass them on. Historic buildings can decay beyond repair if we don’t value and attend to them. Habitats can degrade if we allow human pressures to overwhelm them.
“It doesn’t have to be like that. We can all play our part in noticing, caring for, and preserving the buildings, traditions, and places that make us who we are.
“National Heritage Week is a moment to do just that, and I would encourage everyone to participate in the amazing events being put on right around the country.”
Two themed days will take place during National Heritage Week.
On Saturday, 20th August, Wild Child Day invites children to go outside and explore Ireland’s natural heritage and biodiversity in a fun and enjoyable way. The Heritage Council is encouraging children to look at the world around them differently, to open their eyes to the diverse beauty of the landscape in their area and to explore their locality or even further afield.
On Sunday, 21st August, as part of Water Heritage Day, the Heritage Council and the Local Authority Waters Programme invite people to participate in National Heritage Week events that celebrate water and our connections with it.