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National Heritage week runs from the 23rd to the 31st of August. A number of events will take place around the country to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.
On 24th of August at 11.00am The Sisters at the Nano Nagle Centre for Spirituality and Ecology (near Mallow) will partner with Heritage Expert Ted Cook to host an event as part of National Heritage Week.
The theme – the destruction of our ancient woodlands – will be explored and will be followed by the planting of a grafted Oak tree propagated from the ‘Brian Boru Oak’ which is the largest remaining oak of the Derrybrien Forest, the main forest block of the Slieve Aughty Mountains on the Clare/South Galway Border.
The number of references to our native trees and woodlands in Ireland’s 64,000 townlands serve to remind us of our ancient connection to trees and woodlands.
The second event of the day begins at 2.00pm. The theme of our woodland heritage is continued. Participants will explore the woodlands of Carrigcunna Norman House which is just a short distance from the Nano Nagel Centre and was once the residence of Sir Richard Nagle, Attorney General to King James II.
A local historian will talk about the connection between the Nagles and their cousin Edmund Bourke whose forebears farmed the surrounding townlands since the early Norman period and through Penal times.
Sunday 31 August marks the end of Heritage Week 2014 at Broadford Wildlife Aboretum, Newcastle West, Co Limerick. Join Pete Beaumont Horticultural Therapist and Heritage Expert Ted Cook at 2pm to explore the theme of ‘Tree Care – how best to ensure more of our trees reach maturity in the face of climate related stress’.
For more information on events taking place around the country you can visit their website here.