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Focusing on the county’s heritage

PRESENTATIONS on new archaeological discoveries along the River Fergus and at Poulnabrone Portal Tomb will underpin Heritage Week in Clare, which runs from this Saturday to August 25.


More than 80 separate events focusing on the county’s built, natural and cultural heritage will take place during the week, which is co-ordinated by Clare Local Authorities and The Heritage Council, with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland.

Some of the highlights of Heritage Week include a talk detailing new information gathered from an excavation of Poulnabrone Portal Tomb, a presentation on archaeological discoveries during the ongoing River Fergus Flood Relief Scheme Project, a presentation of a Green Infrastructure Plan and Design Guide for Shannon, a celebration in Killaloe/Ballina focusing on the lives of Brian Boru and St Flannan, a harvest celebration in Miltown Malbay and a talk exploring the impact of information technology on heritage promotion.

Mayor of Clare Joe Arkins said Heritage Week focuses on getting people involved in the heritage of the county and “particularly the heritage of the local community, making it accessible to everyone”.
“I would urge people to support the events happening in their community and learn a little about their heritage and history. Whether you are a resident or a visitor to Clare there are many varied heritage events to choose from, including night-time bat walks, historical lectures, traditional music sessions, storytelling, community walks and talks. Many events organised are free of charge and National Heritage sites also offer concession rates during the week itself,” added Mayor Arkins.

Clare heritage officer Congella McGuire said they were delighted by the response of the people of the county to get involved in National Heritage Week 2013 by organising an event in their community to showcase their local natural and cultural heritage.
The free National Heritage Week app for iPhone or Android smartphones can be downloaded at www.heritageweek.ie.

For further information, contact Congella McGuire, heritage officer, Clare County Council at 065 6846408 or email cmcguire@clarecoco.ie.

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