Water Heritage Day 2019

The Three Sister Rivers – a living heritage

PS Ida at Cheekpoint prior to the building of the Barrow Railway Viaduct (1902-1906) and the meeting point of the three sister rivers

To celebrate National Heritage Week 2019 and Water Heritage Day a number of events will be held in Cheekpoint, Co Waterford. All events are free and open to all.

Throughout the two days an exhibition will take place in the Reading Room Cheekpoint of images of the village and surrounding areas. Exhibition opens on Saturday 24th 7.30-9pm and Sunday afternoon 25th from 12-3pm. A raffle will take place for two framed photos of local scenes all proceeds to the Reading Room. Other activities include:

Our first event this weekend for Heritage Week is a nature walk of the local foreshore with Waterford’s own wildlife guru, photographer, author and all round gentleman Paddy Dwan. He will concentrate on the plants and wildlife of the locality, focusing on the role of the rivers and tides as key influences. Suitable for all ages. Good footwear essential. Free. Departs from Reading Room at 5.30pm Saturday.

A seminar will take place on the Sunday afternoon (3-5pm) looking at religious developments in the context of the rivers. Speakers will include John Flynn on the Kilmokea enclosure on Great Island. Damien McLellan will discuss his research into medieval pilgrimage and yours truly (Andrew Doherty) will give an insight into the holy well in Faithlegg dedicated to St Ita. Seminar will take place in the Reading Room and will be chaired by Ray McGrath.

An exhibition of traditional boat handling will take place at 12noon on Sunday 25th at Morans Poles. Locally teenage girls will show off their rowing skills and the typical method of tripping off a punt from the shoreline. Ask at the Reading Room for directions if required.

Laura, Ellen and Moya practicing on the oars and bailer!

Supported by the Local Authorities Waters in Communities initiative