Heritage on our streets and mountains
Heritage Week: August 17-25
Living in Ireland, we are lucky that we are surrounded by heritage. It's on our streets, in our buildings, on our mountains and in our fields.
This rich legacy is celebrated annually during Heritage Week, which this year runs from August 17 to 25, with a host of events, many free, taking place around the country.
The theme for this year's Heritage Week is Past Times, looking at sports, games and hobbies which people played down the years.
With a packed programme of events, Heritage Week offers something for everyone, with lots of activities for all the family, including forest walks, whale watching, and art workshops.
Brendan McSherry, Heritage Officer with Louth County Council, explained that there is 'whole series of events, not just in Louth, but in our neighbouring counties of Armagh, Meath and Monaghan, for people to explore.'
He said that the recent Town Centre Health Check for Dundalk showed that there is good awareness of Heritage Week amongst local people, with it coming 5th among the local festivals which people know about, behind the St Patrick's Day Parade, Christmas Markets, Brigid of Faughart and Ladies Day.
'The survey showed that 47% of people were aware of Heritage Week which is good but we want more people to get involved,' he said.
He urges people to check out the Heritage Week website for an updated list of events taking place in the county and around the country, while copies of the printed guide are available from the Tourist Office, Market Square.
Brendan and his former council colleague, architectural heritage officer Angela Dullaghan, lead one of the most popular events to take place during Heritage Week in Dundalk - the bus tour which gives participants the opportunity to discover Dundalk from a different perspective from unboard a Bus Eireann doubledecker. This year's tour takes place on Saturday August 17 at 2pm and if you're lucky, tickets might still be available from www.antain.ie
Other events are taking place in Dundalk Library where wonderful old photographs from the Lawrence College, showing scenes from Dundalk and surrounding areas, will be on display. There will also be an exhibition of heritage books and for those interested in tracing their family trees, there will be a workshop on Saturday August 21 from 2pm to 5pm. An exhibition on the Ardee scholar Joseph Dolan is on show in the County Archive, Ardee Road.