National Heritage Week 2017 will showcase Wicklow’s wealth of cultural and natural treasures

P1010085National Heritage Week is running from Saturday the 19th of August to Sunday 27th August. This annual celebration of culture, history and heritage is organised by The Heritage Council, with over 2000 events nationwide.

This year the focus will be on natural heritage, with an aim to help people develop a better understanding and appreciation of Ireland’s natural landscape.

“I am particularly excited about this year’s theme which is centred on natural heritage. Wicklow has a diverse wildlife and a beautiful landscape; it is a perfect opportunity to discover more about the natural wonders on our doorstep and what we can do to conserve them .” said Doyle

There are events being held in over 60 locations throughout Wicklow including: The Wild Child Nature Trail in Hollywood, Tours of Old Burial Ground in Delgany, Whale Watch Ireland 2017 in Bray and Wicklow town, Open Day at Wicklow Lighthouse at Dunbur Head and Tour of an Archaeological Dig in Glendalough.

“Many of these events are organised by local community groups, who work tirelessly to promote and preserve their local heritage. Each year this festival highlights their commitment and enthusiasm. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of Wicklow County Council and Wicklow Heritage Officer Deirdre Burns” added Doyle

Most of the events being held in Wicklow and around the country are free of charge. More information about festivities and events can be found of the National Heritage Week Website: www.heritageweek.ie  

Doyle welcomes new Wicklow Parking By Laws  

AndrewDoyle_BallotMinister of State for Food Forestry and Horticulture and Doyle TD welcomes the changes to the parking by laws in Wicklow which will become effective from the 31st August 2017. Doyle made a submission to Wicklow County Council regarding the Draft parking by laws 2017 in April.

Doyle said ‘I am delighted that several of the recommendations that I made in my submission will be adopted. These include 15 Minute grace parking at commencement of parking in all areas. Pay parking times to commence at 10am in areas of Greystones, Wicklow & Arklow. Greystones Park and Ride in Greystones will remain free of charge.

The new parking by laws should have a positive impact for businesses and for residents of Wicklow. These changes to the by-laws should encourage shopping on Main streets in Wicklow Town, Arklow, Greystones and Bray.