Laois Heritage week a big hit

This year’s Heritage Week proved a great success, with events all over the county attended by young and old.

This year’s Heritage Week proved a great success, with events all over the county attended by young and old.

Catherine Casey, Heritage Officer with Laois County Council thanked all the communities, groups and individuals who organised events as well as all those who came out to participate from August 18-26.

“It is really encouraging that so many people are interested in the heritage of our area. Heritage Week is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and learn about aspects of the national heritage that appeal to you and to share that enjoyment with family and friends. Heritage Week is also an opportunity to promote a greater sense of care about the nation’s heritage - which benefits all of us,” she said.

Many of the events during Heritage Week were run by local community and voluntary groups to promote awareness and share a growing pride in our national heritage which includes buildings, museums, cultural events, wildlife and landscape.

Highlights of the week included a number of unusual events in the county’s libraries The Reptile Village Conservation Zoo visited Mountmellick Library while Michael Moylan was a big hit with Irish History Live show on the Titanic in Portlaoise, Abbeyleix, Stradbally and Ballylinan.

The Dunamaise Arts Centre hosted a dance workshop with a difference as a group of children stepped out under the guidance of Maureen Culleton learning about Set Dancing. The relaxed and fun atmosphere contributed to a great learning experience and everyone had mastered a great range of steps by the end of the morning.

Each of these events was supported by Laois County Council and the Heritage Council, and all were free of charge. As well as the fun of the events themselves

In addition to special Heritage Week events, many of the county’s Museums and Heritage Sites had special open days.

Heritage Week gives us the opportunity each year to revel in the best of the built and natural heritage of our County. But many of the sites, activities and locations celebrated during Heritage Week are available all year-round.

Information and publications to help you explore the heritage of your local area are available from local libraries and the Heritage Office of Laois County Council.