Limerick City and County Council invite everyone, locals and visitors alike to join them to experience local community events on heritage topics during National Heritage Week from August 19 - August 27.
Limerick City and County Council have organised a number of events over the week providing opportunities to explore a wide range of heritage experiences including Tait’s Limerick Clothing Factory, Remembering Revolutionary Limerick, Limerick Lace classes, tours of Mount St. Lawrence cemetery, tours to the new Limerick Museum, unveiling Limerick’s on-line archive, and cycling tours in association with the Limerick Pipe Organ festival.
Limerick City and County Council is not alone with its enthusiasm for Heritage Week. Over 30 community events are registered for Heritage Week for Limerick City and County. All of the events are organised by local heritage enthusiasts and community groups who have put together a dynamic programme, covering local history, local wildlife, invasive species, bee pollination and biodiversity, ecology, archive resources, blacksmithing, painting, Limerick lace craft, photographic competitions and slide-show, historical audio trails, nature walks, music performances, sailing, kayaking and cycling. Most of the events are free so that heritage can be accessed and appreciated by all.
Coordinated by the Heritage Council, National Heritage Week is one of Ireland’s most popular cultural event and this year over 450,000 people are expected to participate in over 2,000 heritage events around the country. Registration of events continues until early August. To keep up to date visit heritageweek.ie. Brochures will be available from local libraries mid-August.
The Heritage Council consider National Heritage Week to be an opportunity to learn how we can protect our natural, built and cultural heritage and see how the work and commitment of local communities is conserving it, for us and for future generations. This year National Heritage Week focuses on Ireland’s natural heritage and shows how we can all make small changes to preserve our natural environment for generations to come.
National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days is to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage.