Welcome to this exciting project. A celebration of water!

As we build our institution, we will participate in and run various events.

Hopefully, you will sail with us on this journey!

World Water Day 2024

Water for Peace is the theme of this year’s #WorldWaterDay

Water is life. Our dependency on clean water and sanitation means we need to collaborate and have a shared vision for water – across national borders, oceans and cultures – so that everyone has unfettered access to this essential life force. Unfortunately, water is often a first casualty of war, a cause of war and a weapon of war. As shared resource for humanity, this World Water Day highlights water as a force for peace.



The Water We Want 2024 – Global Art Contest – Ireland

We are delighted to launch the 2024 competition The Water We Want in Ireland for children and young adults. The annual competition is run by the Global Network of Water Museums. Each member can submit six entries to the Global Final. All finalists will be shown in the global on-line digital exhibition. Six category winner schools will each receive €250.

Register your school/institution by 19th April & submit entries by 26th April, 2024

This year’s theme is FRESHWATERS. Individual and Group entries accepted. Three age groups for Drawings and Other Media.

See all details here: The Water We Want 2024 Competition (Ireland)

World Water Day 2022 – Всесвітній день води 2022

Today is the day we celebrate water and how precious it is. The current war in Ukraine highlights how utterly dependent we are on water for life – Вода (voda) – how vulnerable we are to shortage of supply and contamination. To deprive people of water is a war crime. The International committee of the Red Cross explains how international humanitarian law protects water: https://www.icrc.org/en/doc/resources/documents/interview/water-ihl-interview-220307.htm

Unfortunately, there are many wars raging and many humanitarian crises across the globe putting pressure on access to water and to clean, safe water. A huge amount of work remains to be done to ensure everyone can access it for drinking, hygiene and sanitation, health and well-being. We have the knowledge and capability, do we have the will?

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG6) give us a pathway to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030. We are currently in the UN Water Action Decade (2018-28) a conference for WWD 2023 will comprise a mid-term review. This will be our chance to reinvigorate our determination to achieve SDG6 and to redirect resources to where they are most needed.

The image above is the charming Water Museum in Kyiv situated in a restored water tower: https://discover-ukraine.info/places/kyiv/kyiv/951 It is a reminder of better times in that beautiful city.

Here is a lovely video of the museum:

Let’s hope that someday soon peace will prevail and we can visit this beautiful place to support the people of Ukraine and its economy.


I Remember Water – Global Digital Exhibition 2022

Update: thank you to everyone who has submitted photographs for the Global Exhibition so far. We can continue to accept submissions via We Transfer until Monday 20th December at 12pm (midday) IST/GMT/UTC (please see below)

The Global Network of Water Museums will launch a Global Digital Exhibition to celebrate the next World Water Day on 22nd March 2022.

The theme is: Water Memories – exploring humanity’s relationship with water and the emotions it evokes. Photographic memories help us value our water heritage, celebrate it and build empathy and awareness for wise use of this shared resource.

As a member museum of the Global Network, the Water Museum of Ireland may submit up to 15 images for inclusion in this global digital exhibition. We also hope to host the Global Exhibition later in the year.

If you would like your work to feature in the exhibition please submit a high resolution image (min 4MB) via WeTransfer to hello@watermuseumofireland.ie Please include: your name, professional/company name, image title and a 100-200 word description as well as any references/credits/date/location etc. (see example below). Please submit images by 18th 20th December 2021 (12pm noon). Any difficulties or questions, please email hello@watermuseumofireland.ie

Earth Day 2021

As we celebrate our beautiful planet today, we remember the times we cherished our place and our freedom to roam. Our featured image, of Loch Tay in the Wicklow Mountains, is from Earth Day 2019, the last Earth Day before Covid-19 challenged us as never before.

This amazing place in the vast universe, Earth, our home, our shared home, is defined by water and the life it gives. The Water We Want competition is an opportunity for children to voice their wishes for their future, to celebrate their water heritage and to connect to the Sustainable Development Goals. A simple drawing, photograph, poster, short video, song or audio to partake in a Global Digital exhibition may be submitted by individuals or groups via schools. See more here: Competition for children

World Water Day 2021 – #ValuingWater

Water defines life on earth, our blue planet. We should cherish it, relish and respect it.

World Water Day is also about celebrating water – its soothing and refreshing properties, it sheer power and force, its gift of life.

Water connects us, it is a shared resource, it travels the globe, it provides the air we breathe and the food that nourishes us. We need it every day – for our health and for a decent quality of life.

In times of a global pandemic when simple handwashing is a major weapon in our fight against Covid-19, it is shocking the number of people who do not have safe, regular access to clean water. Today’s Global Water Report by UN highlights the inequalities and hardships imposed by water stress.

Every day women and children spend 200 million hours collecting water. The personal, societal, cultural and economic impact of this is incalculable.

Global Handwashing Day 2020

Most of us don’t have to give a second thought as to how we will be able to wash our hands to help protect ourselves and our loved ones from Covid-19. However, for millions it is a major challenge everyday to access clean water. The importance of hand hygiene, specifically washing with soap, has been highlighted during this pandemic. Read more about #GlobalHandwashingDay

Access to clean water and sanitation is a basic human right and a key UN Sustainable Development Goal – #SDG6.

World Rivers Day Global Gathering

Thank you to all who contributed to such a wonderful gathering for our inaugural event and to the four amazing women who shared their time, stories and creations with us on World Rivers Day, 27th September 2020.

Watch the full webinar on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/463052910

Welcome from Water Museum of Ireland
Introduction by curator, Marina Veluz
Muireann NicAmhlaoibh
Basia Irland
Shanai Matteson
Tanis Kovats
Closing words from
Living Waters Museum, India

#WorldRiversDay Celebration of Artists

A special collaboration between the Water Museum of Ireland and the Living Waters Museum, India, has led to this unique event celebrating the practice of four creative women whose works are inspired or connected to water. Under the umbrella of the Global Network of Water Museums we welcome artists and participants from round the world to join us on World Rivers Day, Sunday 27th September.

Curated by Marina Veluz , this live webinar promises to be an entertaining, thought provoking and enjoyable way to while away a couple of hours on World Rivers Day. Read more about the artists: artistspdf

Date: Sunday 27th September 2020
Time: 1-3 pm Irish time; 2 – 4 pm CEST (Central European Summer Time)
You can check your local time here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html?iso=20200927T120000&p1=257
Please register your interest by email to: marina.velez@marinavelez.com

Muirean Nic Amhlaoibh

Basia Irland

Shanai Matteson

Tania Kovats