Loop Head peninsula in the frame during Heritage Week

Loop Head peninsula in the frame during Heritage Week

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A community-based media project documenting the history and culture of the Loop Head Peninsula and Discover Points along the Wild Atlantic Way will be the subject of a talk and presentation during Heritage Week 2014 later this month.

Heritage and Tourism Media agency ActiveMe in conjunction with Clare County Council, Failte Ireland, The Heritage Council and the local community – will present a free talk entitled “Heritage Interpretation on the Wild Atlantic Way in Loop Head and Kilkee” at the Stella Maris Hotel on Wednesday, 27th August from 8pm to 9pm.

ActiveMe’s Brian Coakley said: “We will discuss how best to promote a greater sense of understanding of the history, heritage, folklore, geology and culture along this section of the Wild Atlantic Way for the visitor. In advance of the Heritage Week event we will also be interviewing local people well versed in the history and culture of the Loop Head, from young to old, to get a snippet of life in this incredibly historic and scenic part of Ireland.”

There are four key Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points located in the Loop Head Peninsula, namely the Kilkee Cliffs, Bridges of Ross, Carrigaholt and Loop Head Lighthouse. There are also a number of other key sites that will be featured in the upcoming presentation including the Church of the Little Ark in Kilbaha and the site of Dunlicka Castle, located on the cliffs just west of Kilkee.

“Heritage Interpretation on the Wild Atlantic Way in Loop Head and Kilkee” is one of 75 Heritage Week events being coordinated by Clare County Council and The Heritage Council, with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland.

Among the other local events taking place in Clare from August 23-31st is a lecture on the life of Kilrush-born Boer War General Sir Thomas Kelly-Kenny, an Open Day at Loop Head Lightkeeper’s House, a Seaweeds and Shore Fauna Forage at Ross Beach, and a Victorian Heritage Walk around Kilkee. For more visit www.heritageweek.ie.

All images by Valerie O’Sullivan

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