Did you know that National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days? Well, I didn’t – but that’s another reason for celebrating our heritage this week.
And there’s loads planned for the week (from the 18th to the 26th of August), hundreds of community events happening throughout Ireland, all about preserving and promoting our natural, cultural and built heritage. And of course, many of the heritage sites and national parks and monuments will have free admission this week.
But I like to go walking in the woods. Alone. I like the silence. I like to hear the wind in the trees and the sound of birdsong… ceol binn na n-éan…
No, I’m not big into chattering crowds or neighbourhood picnics or mountain-bikes or ice cream vans or ‘Walks and Talks’ or ziplines or… did I mention the ice cream vans? – with their ‘happy’ music blaring out: Boys and Girls come out to play… and Barbecues, especially Barbecues and yes, I realise that I’m now sounding just like grumpy old Scrooge, Bah! Humbug… but did you see what happened to the Wicklow mountains this summer?
Oh, and by the way, I’m having a solo exhibition in the Olivier Cornet Gallery this Autumn (in October, I’ll let you know nearer the time). It’s all about the woods and, if you’d like an invitation to the official opening, be sure to let me know.
Slán go fóill, eoin