Heritage Week in 2012 involves a cooperative venture between Cabragh Wetlands and Holycross, with a linking theme of The Human and Natural History of Holycross.
On Saturday 25th August there be a three-fold event starting at Cabragh Wetlands at 2.00pm, with a look at early human habitation of Cabragh and along the Suir, trying to set in an appropriate context the emergence of the Cistercian Abbey of Holy Cross from the interplay of local power politics with early Celtic and Christian values and culture. We will also have a look at some of the uses our ancestors made of the plants and wildlife of the wetlands, blending into the natural world around them.
From 4pm to 6pm the brand new Holycross Guides will be on duty at Holy Cross Abbey, ready to give visitors more insight into the history of the Abbey, which for nearly a thousand years has watched over the local community and been the focus of pilgrimage and devotion. The Abbey has a fascinating history and everyone will have plenty to learn from the guides, who have been hard at work mugging up their topics to launch what we hope will be a permanent service to boost the experience of visitors and tourists. At 6.00 local Heritage teacher Jimmy Duggan will lead a walk around Holycross, looking at the bridge, mill, fair green and the importance of the Suir and local environment in the development of the mediaeval community and Abbey. Weather permitting, meet outside the Abbey.