The Headford Lace Project scoops the Heritage Award at Tidy Towns 2017

The Heritage Council is delighted to congratulate The Headford Lace Project on winning this year’s Tidy Towns Heritage Award.

The TidyTowns Heritage Award has been sponsored by the Heritage Council since 1999 and seeks to recognise projects that benefit heritage, involve the community and motivate people.  We look for projects that encourage a greater awareness of the value of our heritage to our quality of life and to sustainable economic development. 

The Headford Lace Project began following Headford’s involvement in the Galway 2020 ‘Small Towns Big Ideas’ pilot project. Since then, Headford has been buzzing with activity to revive its lace-making tradition, which dates back to around 1765. The group have organised workshops teaching the basic skills of bobbin lace-making, the fruits of which can be seen at various community events throughout the year including heritage week. 

The quality of entries to the competition was particularly high this year with over forty entries qualifying representing nearly every county in the country. The range of projects was incredibly diverse which made the selection particularly interesting and challenging.

In selecting a winner the judges from the Heritage Council were particularly impressed by the innovative and creative approach taken by The Headford Lace Project, the obvious enthusiasm which came though their documentation, the involvement and impact of the project on so many people in the community. The submission was clear in it objectives toward Heritage, the team’s determination to continue a very special tradition in their local area and the immediacy of its impact and its reach. Their submission demonstrated a welcome practice of working collaboratively across a range of areas. 

The strengths of the Tidy Towns initiatives are tremendous. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage many more to embrace their heritage to underpin their relentless hard work in making our towns better places to live. 

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