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National Heritage Week Registration now open

Published: 1st May 2014

Showcase your local heritage and get involved in organising an event for National Heritage Week.

Showcase your local heritage and get involved in organising an event for National Heritage Week 2014. Coordinated by the Heritage Council, National Heritage Week takes place nationwide from 23rd – 31st August. Online registration is now open and all events must be registered by the 31st of May for inclusion in the National Heritage Week Event Guide.

Each year events range from medieval fairs, night-time bat walks, wildlife walks and lectures, classical music and poetry recitals, traditional music sessions, storytelling, historical re-enactments, and local history walks and talks. The week focuses on getting people involved in the heritage of Ireland and particularly the heritage of the local community, making it accessible to everyone. Many events organised are free of charge and National Heritage sites also offer concession rates during the week itself.

“Last year over 380,000 people attended Heritage Week events organized by some 950 event organisers. As the numbers attending and taking part have increased, so too has the level of awareness and appreciation of our national heritage. The week would not be such a success were it not for the commitment and dedication of our event organisers, many of whom give up their free time to organize events during National Heritage Week. Conscious of the increasing economic pressures on communities nationwide, I would encourage people that are considering getting involved in the week to think of the tourism potential Heritage Week offers. Latest tourism figures from the CSO show an increase of 7.3 % in the number of visitors to Ireland for the first three months of the year. National Heritage Week offers huge opportunities for communities to attract visitors to their area and experience the wealth of heritage, which in many cases remains unknown” commented Isabell Smyth, Head of Communications & Education, Heritage Council.

To register your event log on to www.heritageweek.ie . All events registered by 31st May 2013 will be listed in the National Heritage Week Event Guide which will be available free at OPW Sites, Heritage Centres & Historical Societies, Fáilte Ireland Tourist Offices, Libraries, CNCI Members, NPWS Sites, Heritage Officers and County Councils, An Óige Hostels, Various Individual Museums (MSPI Participants), Bus Eireann Stations and some Hotels across the country.

Heritage Week is co-ordinated by The Heritage Council and is part of European Heritage Days, which is celebrated in over 40 countries across Europe.

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