National Heritage Week

National Heritage Week

2006 – ongoing

Overview

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 2,200 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.

Taking into account ongoing restrictions on events and gatherings due to COVID-19, The Heritage Council has announced plans for a modified National Heritage Week for 2020. Rather than focusing on the organisation of public events, local heritage groups and organisers, families and communities are being invited to develop projects around this year’s theme of ‘Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’.

Resources & Getting Involved

Visit www.heritageweek.ie

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Ár Ról sa Phróiseas Pleanála

Ár Ról sa Phróiseas Pleanála

Cuireann an Chomhairle Oidhreachta comhairle, abhcóideacht agus cláir neamhspleácha ar fáil ar réimse leathan nithe pleanála ríthábhachtacha comhshaoil go háitiúil sna contaetha, sna réigiúin, go náisiúnta agus go hidirnáisiúnta.

Creat Taighde Bhrú na Bóinne

Creat Taighde Bhrú na Bóinne

Déanann an creat measúnú ar an eolas agus taighde reatha faoin Láithreán Oidhreachta Domhanda iontach seo de chuid EOECNA (UNESCO), agus molann sé straitéis le haghaidh taighde amach anseo ar mhaithe lena bhainistiú go hinbhuanaithe.

Tionscnamh Phailneoirí na hÉireann

Tionscnamh Phailneoirí na hÉireann

Tionscnamh chun sonraí a bhailiú agus a dháileadh faoi phailneoirí na hÉireann agus chun gníomhartha dearfacha a cheapadh le tacú le caomhnú pailneoirí in Éirinn.