Heritage Week 2019 kicks off today, with over 2,000 events being held around the country to celebrate and promote our built, natural and cultural heritage.

Many of the events over the next week are free of charge, and are hosted by local communities, organisations and volunteers.

Co Mayo will be celebrating Heritage Week in style, with hundreds of events taking place right across the county.

From a beach art workshop in Belmullet next weekend as part of the Belmullet festival, to the Westport Historical Society Walk on Wednesday.

In Achill, there will be tales of drama and trauma on Monday evening, while guided historial walking tours of the Deserted Village are planned later next week.

A Bronze Age Tour for children will be a highlight in Belderrig on Tuesday, while a talk on the history and story of Midwest Radio is just one of the events planned in Ballyhaunis for the coming week.

A model of Knock Village from 1879 will be unveiled next week, while other events include the North Mayo Sculpture Trail Tour, Hopscotch, Horseshoes and Jack Stones at the Natiobnal Museum of Country Life at Turlough, Castlebar, there's Dancing at the Crossroads in Aughagower, and Rambling House at Jack's Old Cottage in Islandeady.

These are just a flavour of events taking place over the next week in Co Mayo, and full details are available on heritageweek.ie

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