Wicklow Uplands Council is delighted to be able to celebrate the connections between heritage and education during National Heritage Week 15 – 23 August.
Coordinated by The Heritage Council since 2005, National Heritage Week has become Ireland’s largest cultural event. This year’s programme includes the exciting addition of digital and online formats, providing innovative ways to explore Ireland’s diverse heritage with online talks, exhibitions, virtual tours, podcasts, videos and blogs.
Responding to this year’s theme of ‘Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’, Wicklow Uplands Council in partnership with Lacken Community Development, have created a programme that explores some of the rich and diverse heritage found in the locality of the west Wicklow village of Lacken.
Lacken, which sits on the slopes of the Wicklow Mountains along the picturesque Lake Drive, witnessed dramatic changes to its landscape and to the community itself, as the valley was flooded to create the Poulaphouca Reservoir, also known as the Blessington Lakes, in the late 1930’s.
It’s an area steeped in history with Megalithic tombs, bullaun stones, caves and other fine examples of previous inhabitants. Built structures made from the locally-mined Wicklow granite are abundant, with the local church, school, bridges and an historic graveyard standing as strong as the day they were constructed.
These are a few of the heritage features highlighted in the video project developed by Wicklow Uplands Council in partnership with Lacken Community Development Association.
We hope you enjoy the visual tour as much as we enjoyed making it.