A unique collection of short stories celebrating individual connections with Ireland’s rivers, lakes and beaches has just been published.
Organisers at the Local Authority Waters Programme (Lawpro) hailed the competition as “a resounding success” with almost 500 entries from across the island of Ireland in both English and Irish.
The collection — which was launched this week by Minister of State for Heritage, Malcolm Noonan ahead of Water Heritage Day 2020 this Sunday 23 August — features the 20 winning stories as well as several others that were shortlisted.
“It’s very heartening to read about people's appreciation of our natural waters and of nature, especially in these times when they are in need of our protection,” said Minister Noonan. “The fact that so many young people engaged with this initiative is truly inspiring.”
To support local businesses, the 20 prize winners will each receive a voucher that can be used for an activity with family or friends — from guided fishing trips, to zip-lining over a lake, kayaking adventures, or any other water-themed activity.
Winners can also opt for tokens for creative activities delivered locally.
The competition was organised by in partnership with The Heritage Council, Heritage Officers Programme, Waterways Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland.
Stories from the Waterside is available to download for free HERE.