On the Heritage trail at Lough Derg

On the Heritage trail at Lough Derg

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 Members of the public who participated in the recent Lough Derg Heritage Trail event. Photograph by Andrew Power
Members of the public who participated in the recent Lough Derg Heritage Trail event. Photograph by Andrew Power

More than 60 people turned out along the shores of Lough Derg to participate in a Heritage Week talk and walk.

Janice Fuller, Ecologist on the Natural Heritage and Wildlife of Lough Derg hosted the event, which took place as part of Heritage Week 2014.  The walk took place on the route of a Natural Heritage Trail that is currently being developed around Lough Derg to complement the existing ‘Lough Derg Heritage Trail’.

Participants also visited Mountshannon Pier to view the White Tailed Sea Eagles at the recently opened Information and Viewing Point, which has attracted almost 8,000 visitors since it was opened in early July. Funded by Clare County Council, the new tourism development features telescopes and information and displays about Ireland’s largest and most spectacular breeding birds, including the first of the species to be born in the country in 110 years.

Congella McGuire, Clare Heritage Officer commented: “We were delighted to welcome more than 60 people to Mountshannon for what was a hugely successful Heritage Week event.  The purpose of the talk and walk was to raise awareness locally of the value of heritage and in particular, the heritage of Lough Derg.”

The event was one of more than 80 to take place across Clare during Heritage Week 2014. Other East Clare events included a heritage garden and orchard trail week at Irish Seed Savers Visitor Centre in Scarriff, a heritage walk in Killaloe, and the Tulla Weekend of the Welcomes.

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