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Skibbereen Walking Festival Weekend, 24 to 26 September 2021

Skibbereen Walking Festival Weekend with guided walks through quiet country roads with some off-road sections, something for walkers of all abilities.
Meeting point for all walks is Skibbereen Heritage Centre with bus transport provided to and from out-of-town walks.
Fee E10/walk including bus and complimentary tea/coffee for all walks, except walk 2 to Sherkin Island E20 (including ferry) and no charge for walk 1.
Please note that pre-registering is essential.  All walks are subject to COVID-19 Stay Safe Guidelines that are in effect at the time, and all participants will be required to complete a short questionnaire prior to commencing a walk.
No unaccompanied children.  Sorry, no dogs allowed on the walks.
Full details available on including the Walking Festival Brochure and how to book your tickets.  If you require further assistance please contact Helen on 086 869 6128.
With thanks to Skibbereen Walking Group and supported by Cork County Council, Failte Ireland, Pure Cork and Access Credit Union Skibbereen Branch.

Diploma in Earth & Ocean Sciences

Dear Club Secretary,


NUI Galway is offering a Diploma in Scientific Studies (Earth & Ocean Sciences) starting in September 2021.   


The course will appeal to those with an interest in our natural environment and the outdoors and as such may be of interest to your club members.  


The Diploma in Scientific Studies (Earth & Ocean Sciences) aims to provide students with a broad introduction to the study of the Earth’s solid geology and its coastal ocean, with hands-on, practical experience of the techniques employed within the fields of geology, oceanography, and Earth observation. 


I am attaching a brochure providing information about the course and I would appreciate it if you could circulate it to any of your members who would be interested in enrolling on this course.  


Kind regards. 



Programme Administrator (Humanities & Social Sciences)

Room EDU1012, First Floor

Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development

NUI Galway

Nun’s Island


091 492144

Government Campaign to ‘Protect our Past’

Dear valued stakeholder,

Protect our Past – help us to protect Ireland’s unique archaeological and architectural heritage sites

A new campaign entitled Protect Our Past launched this week, highlighting the need for visitors to Ireland’s archaeological sites to be mindful of their actions over the summer. The focus of the campaign is to raise awareness of the value, importance and uniqueness of Ireland’s archaeological heritage and to convey some key messages around visitor behaviour at monuments.

The campaign is a joint initiative of the Office of Public Works and National Monuments Service (DHLGH) and they have produced a short guide for visitors on caring for archaeological monuments (available here:

Over the coming weeks they will be sharing on their social media channels a series of animated videos which show the impact that inappropriate behaviour can have on archaeological sites. We hope that raising awareness of the value of our heritage sites will lead to an even wider appreciation and understanding of their significance and help in their protection.

How you can help

We encourage you to actively promote this campaign throughout your networks, via social media and all channels available to you, and consider any local heritage sites that you think may benefit from awareness raising. The hashtag is #ProtectourPast and the full campaign information is available on   

Yours sincerely,

Isabel Smyth

Communications Manager

Office of Public Works


Key facts:

·        There are over 145,000 recorded archaeological monuments around the country in private and public ownership, with latest research suggesting evidence of human activity in Ireland well over 10,000 years ago.  Examples of archaeological monument types in Ireland include megalithic tombs, stone circles, standing stones, rock art, ecclesiastical enclosures, churches, graveyards, ringforts, souterrains, crannógs and castles.


·        The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage has overall responsibility for the protection of archaeological heritage and regulation of archaeological activities through the National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2014, which are implemented by the National Monuments Service (NMS) on the Minister’s behalf.


·        OPW are responsible for the preservation, protection, maintenance, conservation, management and presentation of National Monuments in State care. The National Monuments Service archaeologists (DHLGH) provide the archaeological input to the care, conservation, presentation and interpretation of the national monuments in State care and work closely with OPW.


Key campaign platforms


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