Heritage Week 2016: Seabirds, Smugglers and Lighthouses

Rosses Point (west) c.1900 viewed from from Oyster Island.
Rosses Point (west) c.1900 viewed from Oyster Island.

We are delighted to team up with An Taisce’s North West Local Association next Monday, 22nd August, to host an exciting walking tour in Rosses Point. Starting at 7:00pm from the car park adjacent to the ‘Waiting On Shore’ sculpture, this leisurely, hour-long guided walk will feature Rosses Point’s fascinating and diverse natural, historical and cultural heritage.

Part of National Heritage Week our talk will feature guns above the beaches; islands; lighthouses; sea birds; the Metal Man; mooring buoys and much more. We will also cover the history of the wonderfully sited Elsinore house – home to shipowner and alleged smuggler John Black and later owned by the Middleton family. Poet William Butler Yeats often visited Elsinore during the Middleton ownership and wrote about it in his ‘Reveries Over Childhood and Youth’.

This tour is free and open to the general public (though booking is advisable on 087 913 7298). Children are welcome to attend when accompanied by an adult. Those attending should meet at 7:00pm sharp.

National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. National Heritage Week 2016 will run from August 20th – 28th.

When: Monday August 22nd 7:00pm
Where: Waiting On Shore’ / RNLI Car Park (Google Map)