Biodiversity and sustainability will be the focus of this year’s National Heritage Week, which takes place from August 13 to 21. Community groups, organisations across Wexford, along with Wexford County Council are busy organising events in celebration of our built, cultural and natural heritage.
n Co Wexford National Heritage Week will be officially launched at Wexford Medieval Walled Towns Day which is on Saturday August 13. Speaking of National Heritage Week, Cllr. George Lawlor, An Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council said: “Wexford is steeped in Viking and Norman history. Its hills and beaches also play a huge part in our natural heritage, aligning itself with this year’s theme of biodiversity and sustainable heritage. From Bunclody to Bagingun Wexford has something for everyone.”
Liz Hore, Director of Services with Wexford County Council said: “Wexford has a wonderful showcase of events this year from the natural to built and cultural with events such as the Castletown River and Nature Festival, a Window on Local History at Rosslare Harbour Maritime Heritage Centre, the importance of trees at JFK Arboretum, Woodbrook House Botanical draw and paint workshop and the Wexford Walled Town Medieval day to name but a few’.
Catherine McLoughlin, Heritage Officer, with Wexford County Council, encourages everyone to get to an event during National Heritage Week. “Many of the events this week are family friendly and there really is something for everyone to enjoy. We are really delighted at the return to in-person events.”
Caroline Horan, Access Officer as part of WCC’s inclusion programme, worked with partners to develop a promotional video for National Heritage Week highlighting five heritage sites in the county for which innovative Virtual Tours are being prepared. The virtual tours will afford an opportunity for all, regardless of one’s ability, to access these places.