A host of activities have been lined up in County Wicklow for National Heritage Week which kicks off on Saturday, 18th August, and runs over nine days until August 26th. The majority of events are free-of-charge and family-friendly.
The Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council has produced a pocket-sized guide outlining the 60-plus events taking place in the county. The guide was officially launched in Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, on Thursday (9thAugust) by Cllr Pat Vance, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council.
Cllr Vance commented: “The busy programme of events planned for County Wicklow is hugely positive and shows the high regard that Wicklow people have for their local history, nature and cultural heritage. Heritage Week is a fabulous opportunity to showcase what we have to offer, and I would encourage everyone to participate and to connect with their local heritage”.
Launched at the same event was “Monastic Mappery” an exhibition curated by the Glendalough Heritage Forum which presents how the Glendalough Valley has been depicted in maps over the last four centuries.
Some of the events scheduled for Heritage Week Wicklow include nature walks and workshops, opportunities to volunteer on an archaeological dig, attend local history talks, Whale Watch, participate in a mining hike, sign your child up to be a nature detective, a junior archaeologist or to take part in a 3D art workshop on High Crosses.
The County Wicklow Heritage Week guide is available to pick up at Council libraries and tourist offices or can be posted by sending an e mail request to .
The guide is designed to highlight Wicklow activities and should be used in conjunction with the www.heritageweek.ie website for details on all events and activities.
For more information on Heritage Week in Wicklow contact Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council T: 0404 20100, www.wicklow.ie.