The Irish Times Magazine - - LAST DAYS OF SUMMER -

Hav­ing be­gun as of a pip­squeak bit­ing at the heels of es­tab­lished Euro­pean Her­itage Days, Ire­land’s Na­tional Her­itage Week has es­tab­lished an em­i­nent rep­u­ta­tion, with more than 450,000 peo­ple ex­pected to par­tic­i­pate this year in nearly 2,000 events around the coun­try from Au­gust 19th to 27th. Many are free and 75 per cent are hosted by vol­un­teers or peo­ple who sim­ply wish to cham­pion their lo­cal her­itage. There is par­tic­u­lar em­pha­sis on two days: Wild Child Day, Au­gust 23rd, is ded­i­cated to fos­ter­ing a love of wild­ness, and Na­tional Whale Watch Day, Au­gust 26th has free, guided whale watches at 20 head­lands and van­tage points.

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