A scheme to help communities become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of their local archaeological and cultural heritage sites.
Towards the end of August each year we celebrate Ireland’s natural, built and cultural heritage with an inspiring, informative and enjoyable programme of events.
Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage.
National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week.
The Heritage Council assumed the role of coordinator of National Heritage Week from the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government in 2005. Since then the week has grown into a highly successful programme of nearly 2,000 events which take place during the last week of August each year.
Aims and Objectives
The aim of Heritage Week is to build awareness and education about our heritage, thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.
We're encouraging everyone young and old to get outdoors more often and value what our natural world has to offer. Protecting our natural heritage is so important to every aspect of our lives; jobs, tourism, water, food, health and wellbeing.
Many Heritage Week events are free of charge, which means that the day provides an equal opportunity to people and families throughout Ireland to experience a little piece of their heritage during one week in August.
The week encourages people to take part in something different, it encourages us to be proud of our roots, our culture and of where we're from. It encourages a curiousity and engagement with the built, natural and cultural environment around us and brings communities together to create the events, and families together to enjoy them.
Resources & Getting Involved
Want to get involved as an event organiser? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Choose your event from our 100 Event Ideas list or think of your own event idea
- Learn about planning and promoting your event
- Register your event at www.heritageweek.ie
With nearly 2,000 events being planned across Ireland, there is something for everyone to enjoy during Heritage Week.
Heritage Week event listings are available at www.heritageweek.ie from the end of May each year. A printed guide is available across Ireland from the end of July at tourist offices, OPW sites, museums, Local Authority offices, and selected hotels.
A research and funding programme that supports Irish archaeology projects, promotes collaboration and partnerships, and features an online archaeology resource.
The Mayglass Farmstead is an exemplar and rare survivor of a type of two-storied thatched rural dwelling of the Irish vernacular tradition and one of the most significant conservation projects ever carried out by The Heritage Council.