Cheekpoint – A Community of the Tides. Heritage Week ’24

This year’s Heritage Week event which runs from 17 – 25 August 2024 is titled Connections, Routes and Networks. The theme invites us to explore the ways we are connected to each other through physical or cultural connections.

Tides and Tales Maritime Community Project will mark this theme with an event titled Cheekpoint – A Community of the Tides.

Our event takes place on Sunday 25th August – Water Heritage Day. We will focus on the unique relationship between the Cheekpoint community and the tidal rivers and river communities along its banks.

It includes a guided walk with tea and chat after in the local hall where a photographic exhibition will underline the walk theme. It will also include a short presentation on a new website being developed with the assistance of the Heritage Council’s Community Heritage Grant 2024.

Cheekpoint is a traditional fishing community at the meeting of the Three Sister rivers; Barrow, Nore & Suir. Below Cheekpoint the rivers spread out into a broad coastal estuary. For generations, the daily flow of the tides governed the way of life of fishermen, sailors, pilots, boatmen and locals alike. It was a vital employer, a means of transport and leisure activities.

This event will showcase this connection and offer an insight into the importance of the tidal rhythm to the community and how it shaped and created a unique identity, not just in Cheekpoint but throughout the estuary and river-based communities.

Hosted by the Tides & Tales Maritime Community Project, it is open to all. The Reading Room at the Cross Roads, Cheekpoint will open at 12 noon, the walk will take place at 1 pm and some light refreshments will be offered later. The exhibition will be open until 5 pm.

The event (we hope) will be supported by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO). If not, we will do as always and depend on the goodwill of our friends and neighbours.

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