Just one week left to submit projects to the Laois & Offaly Heritage in Schools competition

Laois Education Centre is asking primary and secondary pupils in Laois to help celebrate our heritage, our heroes and heroines in this year's competition

Heritage in Schools exhibition

Principal Richard O’Connor and pupils from Shanahoe NS with their project at the 2015 Heritage in Schools awards night in Laois Education Centre

Primary and secondary students in Laois and Offaly are being invited to help celebrate our heritage, heroes and heroines, in Laois Education Centre's Heritage in Schools competition this year.

There is just one week left to submit either written or artistic entries, with plenty of prizes for winners.

"Laois and Offaly are counties rich in history, archaeology and architecture dating from the Stone Age hill-forts through to Christian monastic settlements and the age of the Plantation and the Big Houses," said Yvonne Nolan from the centre.

"Our heritage, of course, is much more than historical artefacts. There are also our heroes and heroines who have graced our communities and counties and who became legendary figures on the national and international stage. There are also local heroes and heroines who have made a huge impact on our communities and society whose feats have largely gone undocumented," she said.

The competition is in partnership with Laois Heritage Society, with the cooperation of the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society.

It has two categories for both primary and secondary candidates, one for Essay and Written projects and the other for Art and Design. Individual and/or class projects are eligible.

There will be three prizes in each category. Every school taking part in the project category will receive a receive a framed certificate. There will be an exhibition of projects and prize-giving in Laois Education Centre on Wednesday November 30.

The closing date for all essay/written entries is Tuesday November 22 while the closing date for the Art/Design entries is Wednesday November 23.

Information on this project has been circulated to all schools, but for further details  contact Yvonne at Laois Education Centre on 057 8672400, or see Teachers and schools interested in taking part are advised to contact the Centre by Wednesday November 23.

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