Today marks the start of National Heritage Week, which will see events run across the country.

More than 1,800 events form part of the week's programme.

This year, the Heritage Council is focusing on the theme of Ireland's industrial heritage.

The majority of the events are free-of-charge, with over 400,000 people expected to take part.

The week aims to promote awareness of Ireland's natural and cultural heritage and to encourage its conservation and preservation. 

Celebrations include archaeological digs in Swords, High Nelly Bicycle Tours in Laois and linen-making in Monaghan.