Get out and explore a different Mayo this Heritage Week

Explore and experience nocturnal wildlife in Ballycroy, go whale watching at Downpatrick Head, look back at what life was like 100 years ago in Kilmovee, listen to poetry, music and song to honour the people of 1916 at the Jackie Clarke Library, or follow the Tóchar Phádraig Medieval Pilgrim Path. These are just some of the activities you can engage in during Heritage Week in Mayo

National Heritage Week 2016 takes place from Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 28, with over 80 events taking place throughout the county. As we celebrate and commemorate “100 years of heritage” in this the 1916 centenary year, people from all across Mayo have come together to organise a fantastic programme of events for National Heritage Week.

Many of the events are run by local community and voluntary groups, to promote awareness and share a growing pride in the wonderful natural and cultural heritage resources we have in the county. “There is a huge variety of events on offer, most of which are free, to cater for all tastes and interests,” said Deirdre Cunningham, Mayo heritage officer, “and it’s a great opportunity to get out and explore and enjoy our local heritage.”

There are activities for all ages—take guided tours of historical sites and buildings and find out about the people who lived in them, go foraging for food on the seashore, cycle around Major John MacBride’s native Westport, and learn about his involvement in 1916 from local experts.

This is just a sample of what is on offer in Mayo throughout the week; there is literally something for everyone. For full details of all events taking place in Mayo throughout the week pick up your County Mayo Heritage Week Event Guide from your local library, Council Office, Heritage Centre or Tourist Office or online at www.mayococo.ie/heritage or www.heritageweek.ie

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