Clare Heritage Week 2008 Programme Of Events Is Launched

Over 50 events are scheduled to take place around Clare as part of Heritage Week 2008, which takes place from 24–31 August.

Clare County Council has confirmed that the events will include a range of talks, field trips and exhibitions aimed at encouraging people to take an interest in their local heritage.

Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union. Locally the event is co-ordinated by Clare County Council and the Heritage Council with support from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

Commenting ahead of Clare Heritage Week 2008, Mayor of Clare Councillor Madeline Taylor Quinn, said: "While enjoyment is essential to the activities of the coming week it is also reassuring to see the emphasis on learning that is at the core of Clare Heritage Week."

The Mayor paid tribute to the many individuals and community organisations who have decided to participate in and contribute to Heritage Week 2008.

This year's events vary from late night bat walks, a tour of Doolin's high cliffs and deep caves, a talk on loss of arctic char and changes in fish communities in Lickeen Lough, a discussion on the cultural heritage of Miltown Malbay, and learning more about Clare's heritage through the numerous guided walks and lectures taking place around the country and in our museums and libraries.

The Clare Biodiversity Group is also hosting a series of educational walks outdoors for both adults and children to enjoy.

For general information on Clare Heritage Week see www.heritageweek.ie or contact Brigid Barry, Clare Biodiversity Officer at 065-6846459, email: bbarry@clarecoco.ie


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