Stories from the Waterside

Publication now available to mark Water Heritage Day Sunday 23 August 2020.

Stories from the waterside is a unique collection of short stories celebrating individual connections with Ireland’s rivers, lakes and beaches. This publication is the result of a national story writing competition of the same name held in April and May during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The competition was organised by the Local Authority Waters Programme (LAWPRO) in partnership with The Heritage Council, the Heritage Officers Programme, Waterways Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland. The competition was a resounding success with almost 500 entries from across the island of Ireland in both English and Irish.

The publication features the twenty winning stories and several others that were shortlisted. It has been launched to mark Water Heritage Day Sunday 23 August, the last day of National Heritage Week 2020. Water Heritage Day is an opportunity to celebrate water, both as a precious natural resource and part of our heritage.

A link is available below to view or download the Stories from the Waterside publication in pdf format.


  • Kate Carty, Westsport, Mayo
  • Fergal Duffy, Cornamucklaglass, Monaghan
  • Anita Foley, Donbate, Dublin
  • Noeleen Foley, Arklow, Wicklow
  • Derval Gibney Sheridan, Lismore, Waterford
  • Siobhan Healy, Carrigkerry, Limerick
  • Lucy Hood, Portlaoise, Laois
  • Tracy Hood, Ballyroan, Laois
  • Michael Kingdon, Claremorris, Mayo
  • Anthea Lacchia, Stillorgan Rd, Dublin
  • Odhran Lafferty, Moville, Donegal
  • John Lalor, Cahir, Tipperary
  • Sean Byrne, Banksia Grove, Australia
  • Donagh Minogue, Ennistymon, Clare
  • Patricia Murphy, Coon West, Carlow
  • Máire Ní Laoire, An Ghráinseach, Corcaigh
  • Ray O’ Foghlu, Miltown Malbay, Clare
  • Kate Ramsbottom, Stradbally, Laois
  • Kara Palkki Smemoe, Ballincollig, Cork
  • Una Uí Riain, Caislean a Bharraigh, Mhaigheo

For details of local events to mark Water Heritage Day visit