Heritage Council calls on children across the country to showcase local heritage through LEGO® brick

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Calling on children across the country to recreate their favourite example of Irish built, natural or cultural heritage using LEGO® bricks.

The competition is open to children aged between 4 and 12 years, with two age categories: four-to-seven-years, and eight-to-twelve-years. To enter, children need to build their model, choose their category, write a short description of what their model represents and why it’s important to them, and then take a photo of the model and submit it via our competition page. The Heritage Council plans to feature as many entries as it can on its website and Facebook page.

We already have some wonderful inspirational pieces from our 2020 competition by LEGO® brick artist, Jessica Farrell and we'll be adding more in the coming weeks. Current models include;

  • Built Heritage: Traditional thatch cottage; High Cross, Dolmen.
  • Natural Heritage: Red Fox; Hedgehog; native Irish honeybee, with flower.
  • Cultural Heritage: Celtic interlace pattern; Galway Hooker boat.

You'll find them all on our competition page

Commenting, The Heritage Council Chief Executive, Virginia Teehan said: “We have seen people reconnect with their heritage over the past year and a half. This fun competition, now in its second year gives children the opportunity to really think about their local heritage, examine it in detail, and recreate what they see through the power of LEGO®

“In terms of entries, we’re looking for anything from Irish landscapes to round towers, castles to waterways, museum objects to Ireland’s wildlife on land and in the water – the possibilities are endless. Entrants will let us know what their model represents; why they chose this piece of local heritage, and why it’s important to them.

We are delighted to once again have Jessica Farrell, LEGO® brick artist on board this year to help us with the judging. While technical merit will be a significant factor in the judging, the judges will also seek to award prizes on the basis of imagination, interpretation, and the supporting information submitted.”

The closing date for entries is 3rd January 2022, with prizes of LEGO® books and kits for the winners and runners-up. Entries will be showcased throughout December on The Heritage Council Social Media Channels. Winning entries will have the opportunity to be part of a special exhibition at Kilkenny's Medieval Mile Museum in January 2022!

Visit the Heritage Council website, our competition page for competition rules, and further details.

Winning entries will have the opportunity to be part of a special exhibition at Kilkenny's Medieval Mile Museum in January 2022!