Call for events for Heritage Week

Kilkenny residents are being encouraged by the Heritage Council to get involved in National Heritage Week by organising an event in their community from August 18-26.

Kilkenny residents are being encouraged by the Heritage Council to get involved in National Heritage Week by organising an event in their community from August 18-26.

Online registration is now open at www.heritageweek.ie and all events must be registered by May 31 for inclusion in the National Heritage Week Event Guide.

Speaking about the week, Isabell Smyth, head of communications and education at the Heritage Council, said: “Every year people’s involvement National Heritage Week continues to grow. Last year we saw 1,500 events take place nationwide and we expect to see an increase on that number again this year. This year we are focusing on promoting Ireland’s wonderful built heritage. Our feedback tells us that there is a huge demand to access historic buildings not usually open to the public. We hope that all owners and managers of historic buildings will take part in the week’s events and make them accessible to the public. It doesn’t matter whether your building is in public or private use or if it is a stately home, medieval castle, Norman tower or vernacular cottage – take part and contribute to the success of the week.” 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. Many events organised are free of charge and National Heritage sites also offer concession rates during the week.

For more information, see www.heritageweek.ie, email heritageweek@heritagecouncil.ie or CallSave 1850 200 878.