Fine Gael Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Maura Hopkins attended the launch of National Heritage Week 2017 recently.
Senator Hopkins stated: “National Heritage Week 2017 takes place from 19-27 August, this year’s focus is on our natural environment and how it can be preserved for future generations. Communities right across Co. Roscommon have embraced this year’s Heritage Week.
“46 events are planned across the county from Kiltoom to Tulsk, Strokestown and Ballaghaderreen among others. There is a great variety of events ranging from walks, lectures, tours, music and scavenger hunts. These events will give our communities a great opportunity to explore, share and celebrate their heritage in a way they may not have done previously.
“This year there is a focus on showing people how we can preserve our natural heritage and protect our endangered species. One example locally is an event taking place in Taughamconnell on the bog restoration work that has been done by Bord Na Mona locally.”
Senator Hopkins concluded: “National Heritage Week is an important opportunity for us locally to celebrate the rich tapestry of heritage which exists in our area. I would encourage people to get involved and attend events throughout the week. For more see www.heritageweek.ie.”