River heritage walks giving insight into our local areas
Water is not only a vital resource, it is our heritage. That's the message from Karen Kennedy, Community Water Officer with the Local Authority Water Programme.
National Heritage Week, which is running from August 17th until 25th will be celebrating water and our connection with it.
Informative river heritage walks have been taking place in the region, including one along Knoxpark and Ballisodare.
Water Heritage Day is being held on August 25th and Karen explained that it is a collaboration between The Heritage Council and the Local Authority Waters Programme to celebrate water and our connections with it.
"This year's theme Pastimes is an opportunity to recall great stories, songs, crafts, sports and other activities associated with your local river, lake, canal or coast.
"Why not organise a trip to discover a holy well, the wildlife along a river, lake or coast, a guided walk to explore the built and cultural heritage of your local waterway?
"As an island nation, our history and our heritage have been shaped by the sea and the great Irish rivers, lakes and wetlands."
Stories, songs and poems passed down through generations have preserved deep-rooted traditions and connections with water.
Cities, towns and villages developed along our coast because of access to the sea, deep water ports and river estuaries for trade and transport. Fishing has supported rural communities and ensured a steady supply of fish for table and market.
In fact, as a nation we owe a great deal to our natural waters and the myriad of wildlife they support, Karen explained.
The Local Authority Waters Programme works with local authorities, public bodies, stakeholders and local communities to protect, maintain and improve water quality in our natural waters.
If you would like to organise a water heritage event you can register it at www.heritageweek.ie/register-an-event/plan-your-event