The UK and Ireland Lakes Network Conference is coming to Lough Neagh to explore ‘Connecting People and Lakes: Past and Present’ on 21 and 22 May in Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy.

The theme of the conference will look at the connections between lakes and health and wellbeing, the sublime and poetic features of our wet landscapes, the past and present cultural traditions associated with our lake resources and how and why we just want to connect with water itself.

Gerry Darby, Chairperson of UK and Ireland Lakes Network and Manager of Lough Neagh Partnership, said: “I’m looking forward to welcoming delegates from across the UK and Ireland to our UK and Ireland Lakes Conference to showcase our charming Lough Neagh and its surrounding beauty before chairing the conference aimed at increasing awareness of the importance between humans, wellbeing and lakes.”

Speakers at the conference include Dr Liam Campbell, Built and Cultural Heritage Officer Lough Neagh, Dr Paul Logue, Senior Archaeologist with Dept for Communities, Historic Environment Division, Greta McCarron, Local Authority Waters and Communities Officer, Republic Of Ireland, Dr Trish Murphy, Celebrate Water, Inishowen Donegal, Scott Ferguson, Seven Lochs Wetland Park, Scotland and Alish and Niall Hanna will speak of the Musical and Singing Traditions of Lough Neagh Past and Present.

The UK and Ireland Lakes Network is an association of people and organisations who have an interest in managing lakes through a whole catchment approach. The body achieves this through the sharing of the experience and expertise.

This is a project of Lough Neagh Partnership under the Landscape partnership programme funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and part supported by The Heritage Council.

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