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Skibbereen Heritage Week EventsSkibbereen Heritage Week Events
Saturday, 26th August 2006

Skibbereen Heritage Centre is pleased to organise the following events to commemorate Heritage Week 2006:

On Saturday afternoon the 26th of August, between 12 and 2pm, a touch tank will be available to the public at the North Pier at Lough Hyne Marine Nature Reserve. UCC scientists will be on hand to interpret what is in the tank and there is a chance to see and touch what is underwater and normally unseen. This event proved very popular in 2005 so it’s another chance to experience the on hand expertise of the scientists. There will also be a Remote Operated Vehicle (if available) which is used by scientists to explore and see underwater. This machine will be in operation showing what’s under the water near North Pier. This fascinating event is one not to be missed.

Saturday the 26th of August 2-4pm, Skibbereen Tidy Towns is offering a chance to make a difference with its ‘Caring For Lough Hyne’ event. All hands on deck to help clean and tidy up this unique resource; gloves and equipment provided and all are welcome to help to care for this much loved area. Please come along to help and make a difference.

Wednesday the 30th of August at 8.30pm at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, there is talk and slide show on the natural heritage of Lough Hyne and West Cork by John Earley; admission free. John is well known for his knowledge of nature and his spectacular photographs and this is a wonderful opportunity to experience both. He will cover the flora and fauna of the area, paying particular interest to the unique species of this locality and Lough Hyne.

Saturday the 2nd of September, Skibbereen Heritage Centre offers half price admission 10am to 6pm to celebrate Water Heritage Day. The Great Famine Commemoration Exhibition uses today’s multimedia to bring this period of Irish history to life. The Lough Hyne Visitor Centre reveals the unique nature of Ireland’s first Marine Nature Reserve. Multi language audio visual and salt water aquarium. Genealogy information, 1901/1911 census for Skibb and district available.Other features include archaeology trail, historical walking tours and gift shop. All situated in beautifully restored historic riverside building with feature on the Old Gasworks and its history.

Saturday the 2nd of September at 6.30pm, Skibbereen Historical Walks offers a free walking tour of Skibbereen town. Spaces are limited and booking essential on 028 40900. Skibbereen town is synonymous with the Famine period, but all other major historical events impacted on the town and this is the story of Ireland, told through the medium of Skibb’s streets.

For further information, please call 028 40900 or visit www.skibbheritage.com. Some events are weather dependant so please ring to verify if inclement weather


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