Waterways Ireland has launnched a five-year heritage plan that encompasses the cultural, built and natural heritage of the inland waterway corridors.
The plan aims ‘to identify and protect the unique waterways heritage and promote its sustainable use for the enjoyment of this and future generations’, connecting people and communities with their local waterway and to foster a sense of place.
Heritage is described as the natural environment as well as industrial (navigations as places of commerce and industry); archaeology, placenames, local and oral history.
“The Waterways Ireland Heritage Plan represents the first strategic framework for intetration of built, natural and cultural heritage into the future management of our waterways,” remarked Dawn Livingstone, Waterways Ireland chief executive.
Waterways Ireland will work with stakeholders “to deliver on projects of shared purpose and to empower and support local communities in the protection and promotion of the waterways heritage,” she added.
Implementing the plan will require involvement from government, NGOs, businesses anda local communities.
“Taking this coordinated approach, the waterways will remain strong, vibrant places to live, each with its own local distinctiveness, offering a space for the public to stand and aappreciate ‘living heritage’ in all its form.”