Heritage Week 2021

Heritage Week 14th-22nd August 2021

National Heritage Week celebrates all things heritage. It brings together communities, families organisations, cultural institutions, academics and enthusiasts, to build awareness about the value of heritage and supports its conservation.


Heritage Week in Waterford Libraries

This year Waterford Libraries coincided the digitization of our Historical Postcard Collection with Heritage Week 2021 under the title “Greetings from Waterford”.

Waterford Libraries together with Waterford City & County Council Archives hosted a series of online talks and videos covering topics of Local History and Heritage interest.

Watch Back Heritage Week Talks below.

Greetings from Waterford – Waterford Libraries Historical Postcard Collection:

Most people are not aware that Local Studies Department in Central Library, Waterford is in possession of a wonderful collection of over 130 historical postcards, dating from the beginning of the 20th century. We are currently undertaking a new project to digitize this collection and make it available to everyone online. As part of our Heritage Week 2021 Project we are providing a ‘taster’ of what will soon be on offer, by digitizing a selection of these postcards. The full collection will be digitized and made available in the coming months.


View the taster collection here: https://waterfordlibraries.ie/greetings-from-waterford-historical-postcard-collection/



Online Talks & Videos:

#History: Getting Enthusiastic about History & Heritage with Cian Manning, Author and Researcher.

Author and Researcher Cian Manning presented an online talk on Tuesday 17th August about how enthusiasm for sport, cartoons or other areas of interest can invite people into exploring their interests from a history and heritage perspective.

Cian Manning is an independent researcher based in Waterford City. He has previously contributed to Pog Mo Goal, Football Pink, BTLM and History Ireland. His first book was published in 2019 by History Press on Waterford City and his next is to mark the centenary of the Waterford & District Junior League in 2024.

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Researching your Family History with Joanne Rothwell, Archivist, Waterford City and County Council.

Waterford City and County Council Archivist Joanne Rothwell delivered a talk for those interested in researching their family history on Wednesday 18th August. If you have been thinking about looking into your family’s story but don’t know where to begin, this talk is a great opportunity to learn about the resources available to you and how to get started.

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Celebrating Heritage Week with Liam Suipéil – Local Historian & Author

As part of Heritage Week we were thrilled to meet with Waterford historian, tour guide author Liam Suipéil who has published “Declan: Deaglán, Pádraig na nDéise, na Déise ag Déaglán go bráth.”

Liam Suipéil talks to Lismore librarian Laura about the lore surrounding St Declan’s life, his significance in early Christian Ireland and Declan’s legacy throughout the Deise.

Running Effective Heritage Projects with Willie Whelan of Déise Design and Waterford County Museum

Willie Whelan of Déise Design and Waterford County Museum delivered a talk on how to run your own heritage project on Saturday 21st August.

Willie has authored/edited several history books and led the team that won Heritage Council Publication of the Year in 2005 and Best Small Museum Website (worldwide) at the Museums and the Web Conference in Albuquerque 2006.

Willie has published eight books and was involved in the delivery of information signage in Dungarvan, the World War 1 Memorial, the Grattan Square Heritage Plaques Project, Waterford Image Archive, and sourcing funding for the redevelopment of Waterford County Museum. He sits on the Dungarvan Town Centre Management Committee and the Decade of Centenaries Committee of Waterford Council. He is also County PRO for Waterford Ladies Gaelic Football Association since 2017 and handles all media contacts for the association.

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