National 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