In the year of The Gathering, people of County Offaly are today being encouraged by the Heritage Council to get involved in National Heritage Week 2013 by organising an event in their community and showcase their local natural and cultural heritage.
National Heritage Week 2013 takes place nationwide from 17th – 25th August. Online registration is now open and all events must be registered by the 31st of May for inclusion in the National Heritage Week Event Guide.
Each year events range from medieval fairs, night-time bat walks, wildlife walks and lectures, classical music and poetry recitals, traditional music sessions, storytelling, historical re-enactments, and local history walks and talks. The week focuses on getting people involved in the heritage of Ireland and particularly the heritage of the local community, making it accessible to everyone. Many events organised are free of charge and National Heritage sites also offer concession rates during the week itself.
Speaking about the week, Isabell Smyth, Head of Communications & Education at the Heritage Council said, “Every year people’s involvement in National Heritage Week continues to grow. The week is a great platform for people to highlight their heritage assets and to promote what makes their place so unique. We have some great plans underway for the week and will be posting more information on Facebook and heritageweek.ie in the weeks ahead, so stay in touch. The theme for the week is ‘Discover the Past. Build the Future’ because we believe that heritage is about today, about our quality of life and about the things we value. We rely on people across the country who organize events for the week to come up with creative ideas to tell their story and encourage people to get involved in something unique and fun.
To support Event Organisers, this year we are running a free Heritage Week Event Organiser Training Day in Tullamore on 24th May to provide organisers with hints and tips around event management, marketing and communications, social media, Historic properties and Section 482 properties”.
To register your event log on to www.heritageweek.ie . All events registered by 31st May 2013 will be listed in the National Heritage Week Event Guide which will be available free at OPW Sites, Heritage Centres & Historical Societies, Fáilte Ireland Tourist Offices, Libraries, CNCI Members, NPWS Sites, Heritage Officers and County Councils, An Óige Hostels, Various Individual Museums (MSPI Participants), Bus Eireann Stations and some Hotels across the country.
To attend the Heritage Council’s FREE Heritage Week Event Organiser Training Day on Friday 24th May log on to www.heritageweek.ie or call 1850 200 878. (Registration required as places limited).
Heritage Week is co-ordinated by The Heritage Council with support from Fáilte Ireland and is part of European Heritage Days, which is celebrated in over 40 countries across Europe.