BORD NA MÓNA AND BARRETSTOWN CELEBRATE NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK WITH THE LOUGH BOORA GAMES
On Sunday, 19th August 2012 Bord na Móna will host a special family fun day in the picturesque Lough Boora Parklands, Co. Offaly in celebration of National Heritage Week. The fun filled day will see the first ever Lough Boora Games take place, kicking off the week long celebrations of National Heritage Week. The event, in aid of Barretstown, will boast a wide variety of free activities for all ages and is the perfect way for families to mark the end of the summer holidays just before the kids head back to school.
This free and fun-filled family event takes place from 12.00pm until 5.00pm, and activities on offer will include art and sculpture workshops in an effort to re-create some of the beautiful sculptures around Lough Boora Parklands, fishing on Loch an Dochais, bike tours through the parklands, story and puppet telling and much more. The only charge on the day is a €5 carparking fee, which will go entirely to Barretstown, providing vital funds to their therapeutic programme for children with serious illnesses and their families.
The key attraction on the day will be Lough Boora Games where children can learn about the history and nature of the parklands through fun and interactive races and games. Using the beautiful sculptures as starting and finishing points, contestants in the Lough Boora Games will get the chance to take part in four events throughout the day with an awards’ ceremony after each race. Events include the Great Caterpillar Race, the Snail Pace Slow Race, the Giant Egg and Spoon Race and the Beautiful Butterfly Dance Competition. Children will also have the chance to take part in a Butterfly Wing Making Dance class on the day along with art workshops based on the sculptures and biodiversity of the parklands.
Speaking on behalf of Bord na Móna, Gerry O’Hagan, Group Director Marketing & Communications says; “We are delighted to support the excellent work that Barretstowndoes throughout the country as well as National Heritage Week, which promotes Ireland’s natural and cultural heritage thereby complementing Bord na Móna’s ‘contract with nature’ philosophy. This year’s event at Lough Boora showcases our magnificent parklands in Co. Offaly and we are looking forward to the excitement that the Lough Boora Games will bring. It is a great opportunity for locals, as well as new visitors, to see this beautiful outdoor facility.”
CEO of Barretstown Dee Ahearn said, “We are obviously delighted that Bord na Móna selected Barretstown as a beneficiary for their Lough Boora Games Family Day. The money raised on the day will give more children affected by serious illness and their families the chance to experience the magic of Barretstown. Barretstown offers a break from hospitals, white coats and medical treatment and a chance for sick children to be children again. Children get to participate in a range of adventurous and challenging activities, supported behind the scenes by safe, medical attention and care and always for free”.
Just off the N52 Tullamore to Birr Road, the Lough Boora Parklands are owned by Bord na Móna and demonstrate the company’s commitment to long-term environmental concerns, bio-diversity and its ‘contract with nature’ philosophy. The parklands consist of a magnificent collection of natural and man-made lakes, along with 50km of walkways and pastureland that provide a new habitat for flora and fauna.
For further information on the Lough Boora Animal Games visit www.loughbooraparklands.com, www.bordnamona.ie, http://www.heritageweek.ie or www.barretstown.org. You can also follow us on Twitter @loughboorapark.