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Ireland’s stories to be told during Heritage Week

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 6:00pm
Ireland’s stories to be told during Heritage Week

Pictured at the launch of National Heritage Week 2018 at the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) on Merrion Square are are Saskia Pytlarz (5), twins Katie and Mia Brady (6), Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan and Sadie Cooper (3) from Knocklyon.

Ireland’s stories to be told during Heritage Week

Pictured at the launch of National Heritage Week 2018 at the Irish Traditional Music Archive (ITMA) on Merrion Square are are Saskia Pytlarz (5), twins Katie and Mia Brady (6), Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan and Sadie Cooper (3) from Knocklyon.

MORE than 2,000 events, ranging from storytelling and re-enactments are taking place across the country as part of National Heritage Week 2018.

Launched by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, this year’s programme will run from Saturday, August 18 to Sunday, August 26.

Coordinated by the Heritage Council since 2005, National Heritage Week has become Ireland’s largest cultural event. A highlight of the country’s celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH), the event encourages communities throughout Ireland to make a connection with Irish and European heritage.

The call to action for this year’s Heritage Week activities is ‘Share a Story, Make a Connection’. Complementing Ireland’s famous tradition of storytelling, people are invited to share their stories with others, be they about a family heirloom, about traditional crafts, skills or music, or about little-known facts or forgotten places in their local area.

Launching Heritage Week, Minister Madigan said: “I’m delighted to see such an exciting and diverse range of events and activities planned for this year’s Heritage Week programme.

“The participation of hundreds of communities across the country demonstrates Ireland’s great appreciation of our heritage and people’s enthusiasm for getting involved in protecting and promoting their local landscapes, stories and traditions. 

“Ireland’s unique heritage is something we should all cherish and celebrate and my department has a strong commitment to investing in our cultural and heritage infrastructure to ensure the pro-tection our shared heritage for generations to come”

In this European Year of Cultural Heritage, I am particularly delighted to see that our strong European connections are also reflected in this year’s activities.” 

The Heritage Week programme features events for all ages, most of which are free to attend. Highlights include Treasures of the National Museum at the National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Chairman of the Heritage Council, Michael Parsons said: “Heritage Week aims to raise awareness and appreciation of Ireland’s incredible heritage, while shining a light on the great work that is carried out in neighbourhoods nationwide to preserve and promote our built, cultural and natural heritage.”

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