Kilkenny woman on EU heritage panel

An employee of the Heritage Council of Ireland, based in Kilkenny, has been chosen by the European Parliament to sit on an EU panel that will decide on the most important heritage sites in Europe over the next three years.

An employee of the Heritage Council of Ireland, based in Kilkenny, has been chosen by the European Parliament to sit on an EU panel that will decide on the most important heritage sites in Europe over the next three years.

Beatrice Kelly, head of policy and research at the Heritage Council, was nominated to the position by Ireland East MEP Nessa Childers. From a short list of 15 candidates from across Europe, Ms Kelly was then chosen as one of four independent experts recommended by the European Parliament to choose which sites will qualify for the new European Heritage Label.

“The successful nomination of Ms Kelly is a testament to the talent that we have in culture and arts in this country. Ms Kelly’s expertise, experience and position at the centre of heritage in Ireland made her a stand-out nominee for this European panel,” MEP Childers said.