Celebrating Laois heritage

FULL details of the National Heritage Week events are available from the heritage office at Laois County Council which is co-ordinating the event which runs from Saturday 20 - Sunday 28 of August.

FULL details of the National Heritage Week events are available from the heritage office at Laois County Council which is co-ordinating the event which runs from Saturday 20 - Sunday 28 of August.

With over 1,000 events across Ireland, Heritage Week has something for everyone: guided nature and archaeological walks, seminars and lectures, tours of historical buildings, food fairs, music, dance, storytelling, historic gardens, historical re-enactments and more.

Catherine Casey, Heritage Officer with Laois County Council says, the week promises to be the best year ever in the celebration and exploration of our built, natural and cultural heritage.

“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.

The Heritage Officer said many of the events are 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. Most events are free or available at a reduced charge and the emphasis is on fun.

Full details of all Laois events are available from Laois County Council website www.laois.ie or directly from Catherine Casey, T-057-8674348 or ccasey@laoiscoco.ie. Booklets are also available at libraries. For events nationally go to www.heritageweek.ie

The council says every effort has been made to ensure that events are accessible to wheelchair and others with specific needs. Any changes to details of the events should be checked with the event organisers.