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National Heritage Week 2017 will see Limerick embrace its heritage

National Heritage Week 2017 will see Limerick embrace its heritage

More than 30 events have been confirmed for National Heritage Week 2017 across the city and county with more events expected to be announced.

National Heritage Week 2017 will take place from 19-27 August with plans already in motion for the event. More than 30 events have already been registered with the Heritage Council by heritage enthusiasts throughout the city and county including Limerick City and County Council, individuals and community groups.

Most of the events during National Heritage Week 2017 are free and available to all. The programme highlights the great work that is carried out by communities across Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage.


Niamh Donnellan, Heritage Week Manager with the Heritage Council said: “There are already over 30 Heritage Week events registered in Limerick with something for everyone to enjoy.  Take a tour of Griston bog, meet the wild birdlife of Lough Gur or enjoy a dusk nature walk in Bruff.  Explore Limerick’s heritage by bike following a riverside trail of churches and organs, or splash into a kayak and see the city from the water. It is not too late to register events as on-line registration in open until early August 2017 on our website.”

The programme of events has been put together by local heritage enthusiasts and community groups which includes photographic competitions celebrating capturing the beauty of Limerick’s nature; opportunities to explore nature through sailing, kayaking, and cycling; historical walks, talks, audio trials exploring Bruff, Kilmallock, Griston Bog, and Lough Gur; learn about invasive species, and view historical archives, exhibitions, performances and traditional crafts.

Bernadette Collins Cassidy, Executive Planner with Limerick City and County Council said: “National Heritage week gives people the opportunity to be active, imaginative, or simply listen, observe and appreciate Limerick’s heritage.  This year’s theme is Nature and People.  The objective is to create awareness of the importance of Limerick’s rich and diverse natural heritage and to think about our interaction with this valuable and at times non-renewable resource.”

“For nine days, we celebrate not only heritage but community involvement and a deep connection between people, place and nature,” she added.

The Heritage Council will be co-ordinating National Heritage Week 2017. The national programme will highlight the challenges of our natural environment but also the changes we can make to help conserve it. National Heritage Week 2017 promotes nature conservation and helps people understand how to protect their endangered species and habitats.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.