Posted: 19/08/2020

Minister Malcolm Noonan T.D. launches Stories from the waterside

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 was launched by Minister Malcolm Noonan T.D. to mark Water Heritage Day 2020.  Speaking at the launch Minister Noonan said, "It's a real honour for me to launch this book. 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.  The fact that so many young people engaged with this initiative is truly inspiring. I congratulate LAWPRO and the partner organisations on this wonderful book of stories."  

Speaking about the competition Seán Keating, Director of LAWPRO said, "It is fitting to have the Minister launch this publication, as it is a celebration of our personal connections with water and its value as a precious resource. Water Heritage Day also celebrates these positive connections between waters and communities."

To support local businesses, the twenty prize winners will each receive a voucher that can be used for an activity with family or friends that include: guided fishing trips, Zip-lining over a lake, kayaking adventures, or any other water themed activity. Winners can also opt for tokens for creative activities delivered locally.    

Stories from the waterside is available to view or download for free at or on

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