Heritage Week 2021 takes place 14th-22nd August 2021
Each year, Heriage Week kicks off on the third weekend of August and runs until the end of the following weekend. 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’.