Heritage at Play

Heritage at Play

Competition for LEGO® brick enthusiasts aged 4-12 years themed on the built, natural and cultural heritage of Ireland.

Competition for LEGO® brick enthusiasts aged 4-12 years themed on the built, natural and cultural heritage of Ireland.

The Heritage Council is calling on children across the country to get creative and showcase an element of Irish built, natural or cultural heritage using LEGO® bricks.

Competition Rules

1. The theme of the competition is local heritage and models must be based on some aspect of this theme. Each model should be accompanied by a descriptive paragraph detailing the chosen subject, why it was chosen and what special meaning it may have.

2. Photographs of LEGO® models should be against a plain, white background, showing as much detail as possible. Please ensure people are not present in the photo. One photo per model will be accepted and displayed in the specific public gallery on the Heritage Council website.

3. Each entry must be the original, creative work of the entrant.

4. Models must be built from 100% LEGO® bricks. No other materials such as paper, cardboard, string, etc, are allowed. All bricks should be in their original form and not cut, glued, painted or modified in any way.

5. Judging will be based on three criteria: Interpretation of theme, artistic merit and building skill.


How to Enter

1. Take a picture of your model.
2. Complete the form below, attaching your image where requested.
3. Submit your form by 8th January 2023.

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The Prizes

4-7 age group 3 categories (built, natural & cultural heritage), 3 prizes per category 1st prize - LEGO Classic set Two runners up - LEGO How to build Houses book

8 - 12 age group 3 categories, 3 prizes per category 1st prize - LEGO Creator set 2 runners-up - LEGO "How to Build Houses book" by Jessica Farrel, LEGO Brick Artist.

Winning entries will be showcased on our social media channels and will have the option to be part of a special LEGO® exhibition at Kilkenny's Medieval Mile Museum that runs from 6th-26th February 2023.

Closing date and judging

This competition closed for entries on 8th January 2023. LEGO® brick artist, Jessica Farrell will help us to choose the winners.


A little inspiration along the way

Once again this year we'll have LEGO® brick artist, Jessica Farrell on board to provide some inspiration and guidance, and some new sample models with step-by-step instructions for you to try.

Take some inspiration from Jessica's previous models and our previous years winners below.


Our 2021 Winners

Ages 4-to-7 years:

  • Built heritage -Ruby O'Sullivan "Skeagh Cairn"
  • Cultural heritage- Luke Moloney "Kinsale and the Kinsale Giant"
  • Natural heritage- Mila Malleus Comerford "An Irish Wolfhound"

Ages 8-to-12 years:

  • Built heritage- Rowan Fallon "Castlelyons Castle"
  • Cultural heritage- Callum Wynton "Stanley range"
  • Natural heritage- Iona Wynton "A Mountain Goat"

Our 2020 Winners

Ages 4-to-7 years:

  • Built heritage: ‘West Light Rathlin’, by Oscar Ryan from Antrim;
  • Cultural heritage: ‘The Táin’, by Grace Hawkins from Down;
  • Natural heritage: ‘Borage’, by Laura Williams from Wicklow.

Ages 8-to-12 years:

  • Built heritage: ‘Guinness Gates’, by Dylan Malone from Kilkenny;
  • Cultural heritage: ‘Bust of James Joyce’ by Danny O’Shea from Wicklow;
  • Natural heritage – ‘Peregrine Falcon’ by Daniel Boylan from Dublin

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