County Kildare, just like everywhere in Ireland, has a rich heritage of storytelling. It is part of our national identity and defines who we are as a nation. Stories bring local places to life and helps us to remember and cherish what makes those places so special and to pass it on to future generations.
Kildare’s rivers, lakes, streams and canals have long been associated with Irish mythology, inspiring legends and folklore through the ages. They are beautiful, forever changing with the seasons. Nature is at its best where there is water, and people have lots of stories and memories around watercourses. With changes to our countryside, some of this is being lost, and so a story-writing competition has been launched by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO), in partnership with The Heritage Council and The Heritage Officer Programme, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Waterways Ireland, to capture these stories.
The stories can be factual – recording what is special about wildlife, fishing, heritage, traditions and crafts, or just how things were or are – or they can be from your own or someone else’s imagination.
The storyteller doesn’t have to be an expert and the aim is to encourage all the family to get involved.
According to Aoife McGrath, Community Water Officer based in Co. Kildare with LAWPRO: “We hope that everybody in Kildare with an interest in their local waterbody will take part in this exciting competition and share their stories with us”.
The competition is open to everyone and entries can be in English or Irish. The closing date for entries is 31st May 2020. For more information contact your local Community Water Officer, Aoife McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find further information at www.lawaters.ie.
Notes for Editor: Details of the competition
To enter, just write your original story in 600 words or less: it can be a story of your own or one that you have been told. There are great prizes to be won to a total value of €4000, made up of 10 prizes worth €300 each and 10 prizes worth €100 each. The lucky prize winners can choose from local providers to do any of the following activities with family or friends: guided fishing for the family, zip-lining over a lake, family kayaking adventure or other water-based activities. You can choose book tokens or arts and crafts tokens if you prefer! Prizes will support local businesses and operators.
- By email to email@example.com
- By post to Stories from the Waterside, Local Authority Waters Programme, The Lodge, Ballingarrane Estate, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, E91 X370.
Further details and terms and conditions are available at www.lawaters.ie.
Find us on Facebook @LAWPROteam and Twitter @WatersProgramme. If you require any further help or information contact your local Community Water Officer, Aoife McGrath at 085-8083682 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.