Heritage is everywhere and all around us in old buildings and graveyards, streets and country lanes, rivers and coastlines, hedgerows and gardens, stories and songs.
Galway County Council want to celebrate the rich heritage of County Galway and help connect people with their heritage and each other during this challenging time.
Heritage provides us with a sense of place and identity. It connects us with our roots and our community. In difficult times it may help to remind us this crisis will past. Nature can be a source of joy and comfort in difficult times.
Cllr Jimmy McClearn, Cathaoirleach of the County of Galway said
“I am delighted that the Heritage Office, Galway County Council has initiative this very positive project and I look forward to seeing all aspects of the wonderful and diverse heritage that can be seen in our county.”
People are invited to email a photograph, drawing, poem or story to highlight the inspiring heritage of County Galway. It might be a spring flower in your garden, a local ring fort, an old water pump on your street, a clip of a traditional song or story that means something special to you. Please email your contribution to our email address Galwaybeo@gmail.com
Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan said
“The Heritage Council is delighted to see Galway Beo offering people a chance to engage with the heritage on their doorsteps, on their windowsills, in their back yards. We hope these photographs will provide hope and inspiration to all at this time.”
As many as possible of the submissions will be uploaded to https://galwaycommunityheritage.org/ and Galway Beo Facebook page to help us stay connected with our heritage and as a community.
If you want to research your local built heritage while staying as home check out https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/content/files/Adopt-a-Monument-Research-Toolkit.pdf.
For more information on nature and biodiversity in Galway have a look at https://biodiversity.galwaycommunityheritage.org/.
There are also fantastic local heritage resources which have been developed by many of the heritage groups in the county available on https://galwaycommunityheritage.org/
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