Countdown to Castletown River and Nature Festival


A celebration of North Wexford’s natural heritage will take place next weekend as the Castletown River and Nature Festival kicks off.

Organized by the Ahare River and Biodiversity Group in association with The Local Authority Waters Program (LAWPRO), the event will feature a host of family-friendly activities aimed at highlighting the importance of the area and the biodiversity it is home to. It takes place as part of National Heritage Week.

This year’s festival kicks off on Friday August 12 as Michael O’Donnell leads a moth workshop in Castletown. On the morning of Saturday August 13, young and old can learn more about moths during a moth identification workshop. At 2pm that day there will be an unveiling ceremony for the new River Ahare sign in Toss Byrnes. After the ceremony, Donal O’Keeffe will host a conference on the secret life of the river.

Sunday August 14 will see several events aimed at engaging people of all ages. At noon on Clone Beach in Castletown, Jeshua Taucher from Seal Rescue Ireland will lead a seaside scavenger hunt and litter pick-up. Participants are invited to bring their own picnic, which they can enjoy at 1 p.m. before the family sand art competition and the marine mobile workshop at 2 p.m.

“The group is made up of people who want to work with the community to promote, protect and enhance our natural environment. Showcasing our local Ahare River and the wonderful biodiversity in and around it brings a great sense of well-being to people. young and old,” said Cathy Lee of the Ahare River and Biodiversity Group. “We look forward to welcoming people to the festival.”

To book or request more details, contact [email protected] Further information is also available on the Facebook page of the Ahare River and Biodiversity Group.


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