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Heritage Week 2022: The events


Various locations in the Geopark region


13th to 21st of August


JCWL Heritage Network

Seachtain Oidhreachta Naisiúnta / National Heritage Week 2022


The event is upon us and there are many exciting events and projects taking place. We have three registered project ourselves.

The first is a place name recording event for the communities of the Nafooey valley taking place in the Larches pub on Sunday the 14th of August from 3 to 5pm. We will be welcoming locals to take the time to record digitally any place names of features in the valley not yet recorded on any map. This outstanding valley host 2 of our main geosites at Finny and Aill Dubh. More info here:

The second is a repeat of last year’s event called “Ask your Geologist” taking place on the car park of the project office in Tourmakeady (beside the playground) on Wednesday the 17th from 2 to 4pm. Our geologist will be there to answer all your question and display our collection of local rocks and fossils. And there will be a fossil hunt as well. More info here:

The third is short walk exploring the Karst landscape around Cong starting from the CONGA main car park on the eastern entrance to the town on Sunday the 21st from 2 to 4pm. This event directly follows the Cong Abbey Conference taking place over the weekend at the Crossroads community centre and exploring the history of the abbey. More info here:

Other events/projects organised in the region:


  • CONGA:

19-21 August; Cong Abbey conference

  • Partry (+The Neale and Ballinrobe):

13 August, 9am-1pm; Vernacular heritage trail with JCWL GeoEnterprise

  • Kylemore Abbey:
    • 13, 18, 20 August; Nature and Conservation Walks and Action

    • 13-21 August, 3-3.15pm; Online Mini heritage talks

    • 14-21 August, 1-1.45pm; In-person Historical talks

  • Maam:

21 August, 2-4pm; Maam valley Bog walk & talk with Carole Reynolds


13-19 August, 11am-5pm (except for 13 August from 8-10pm); Bronze Age Oughterard


19 August, 8.30-10pm; “The Corrib Boats”

21 August, 11.30am-1:30pm; The Lacemakers’ Shoes Walking Tour

  • Lough Carra:

14 August, 2-3.30pm & 4-5.30pm; Aquatic Life of Lough Carra at Brownstown

  • Clogher/Carnacon:

16 August, 7-9pm; Guided tour of the Clogher Bog Loop Walks

  • Galway City:

16-20 August, 12-1pm; Talk & Trail: Local History, Legends and Folktales of the Corrib

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