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Video: The Practice of Burren Winterage

Burren Winterage

Project Organiser: Burrenbeo Trust

Online video encapsulating the practice of Winterage as told by its practitioners – the Burren farmers. This video uses stunning archival imagery including aerial shots of the cattle being herded in autumn to the Burren winterage pastures, and new interviews with the Burren farmers who enlighten us on this pastoral tradition. The practice of Winterage or herding cattle in the autumn from the lowlands up to the highlands for grazing over winter is an over-5,000-year-old pastoral tradition that is unique to the Burren and nearby Aran Islands. This practice has played a vital role in shaping and conserving the landscape that is renowned for its geology, archaeology and ecology.

For further details please visit https://burrenbeo.com/

This project is one of a series supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht to showcase elements of Ireland’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) as part of Heritage Week 2020.

This practice is inscribed on Ireland’s National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage; https://nationalinventoryich.chg.gov.ie/winterage-in-the-burren/