Friday 24 August 2012

Heritage Week

This is Heritage Week in Ireland and events are being  held up and down the country to encourage people to have a better appreciation of our heritage.
It's easy to take our heritage for granted when, it seems, that every parish has a  national monument of some sort, from neolithic graves to fine Georgian houses.
I can, within a twenty minute drive, find dolmen and passage graves, medieval churches, old abbeys and castles, sweat houses and mass rocks. 
It was  only when I began posting images of these on the photo sharing website that the comments of users from America and Australia made me think: 'Hey, it  really IS cool to drive past a 13th century tower on my way to work every day.'
Our  heritage is a huge asset and one which attracts many visitors to Ireland - no one is going to come here for the weather.  Unfortunately, some of it has been lost by farmers clearing fields  and developers anxious to make a quick buck.
We also need better signs and information for many of our national monuments so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy them.

King John's Castle Carlingford
Cuchulainn's Mount, Dundalk
Celtic Cross, Dromiskin
Old Graveyard, Faughart


  1. Don't forget Louth's internationally important wildlife (biodiversity) and geology, which gives us the lovely landscapes.

    You missed the excellent 'Upstairs, Downstairs' architectural bus tour of Dundalk last night!

    Walk across the Ocean at Clogherhead tomorrow morning!

    1. Missed this year's events unfortunately. The 'Upstairs Downstairs' tour sounded great. One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was to 'look up' - so many of our buildings still have fabulous details above the ground floor.

  2. Lovely post for this special week, it's a breath of fresh air to come across a blog with such an Irish feel, really enjoying it:~)

    1. Hi
      Thanks for your kind words. Still finding my feet in blogsphere. Have renamed my blog to As I Roved Out as I felt the other was just a bit corny.
      In-laws staying with us at the moment so probably won't have much time for blogging this week.
      Have a good week
      Mairéad who is really a Margaret


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