A pilot initiative for maintaining heritage integrity and improving the quality of our historic towns and villages for residents and tourists.
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 2,200 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.
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 encourages a curiosity 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
With nearly 2,200 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 the end of from 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 collaborative approach to village planning and design that gives local communities a real voice in deciding how their villages are planned and shaped for the future.
A national, integrated online resource that provides access to a broad and fascinating range of Irish historical archives.