THIS year’s Heritage Week starts on Saturday, August 18 and with a huge range of events and activities taking place all over Laois, and promises to be the best year ever in the celebration and exploration of built, natural and cultural heritage.
Catherine Casey, Heritage Officer with Laois County Council said: “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”.
Many of the events during Heritage Week 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.
“As well as the old favourites, we have a lot of different events this year. We have a few interesting things, heritage is so broad. We have bee keeping and high nellies as part of cultural heritage and we also have a few things to commemerate the Titanic”, added Catherine.
She praised peoples’ appetites for heritage throughout the county, as well as the community spirit that has been shown in organising the many events.
“Five years ago there were only a couple of events and now there are over 40 events during the week. Most of these are coming from local communities and people. But it is good publicity for them and people can see the benefits of getting involved with Heritage Week”.
National Heritage Week is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council with support from Fáilte Ireland. With over 1,000 events across Ireland there’s 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.
Full details of events in Laois throughout Heritage Week are available from the Heritage Office of Laois County Council, phone 057-866 4129, or visit www.laois.ie. Updates will be posted on the Laois Heritage Forum on Facebook as well.