National Heritage Week 2014 is coming to Offaly from August 23 to August 31. Co-ordinated by the Heritage Council, over 1500 events are scheduled to take place during the week nationwide, the majority of which will be free to attend.
2014 is the UN 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family and to celebrate the theme for National Heritage Week 2014 is, ‘Family … generations exploring heritage together’.
There are a wide range of events taking place in Offaly including a Mini Ranger Day, Crinkle Barracks Exhibition, Dragonfly Walk, Craft Display and Tullamore Guided Walk.
Speaking about the week, Michael Starrett, CEO of the Heritage Council said, “The diversity and sheer number of events that take place in every county across Ireland during National Heritage Week is what makes it unique. This year we are focusing on families, encouraging young and old to get out and connect with the heritage ingrained in all of us. For the older generation, the week is a fantastic opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with children and grandchildren, in particular reflecting on the changes that have taken place over the years. For families of all ages, it is also a chance to take a break from the daily grind and explore the hidden treasures of our heritage, whether it is our built, cultural or natural heritage.”
50,000 copies of the National Heritage Week Event Guide will be available in the coming weeks free throughout the country in Fáilte Ireland Tourist Offices, Libraries, OPW Sites, Bus Eireann Stations, County Council Offices etc. Complete event listings are also available on the National Heritage Week website, www.heritageweek.ie.
Celebrating Heritage Week 2014, two exciting competitions are also open to the public. The first offers a six night touring holiday around Ireland, with two nights for two people in three of the 27 luxurious Manor House Hotels. Visit www.heritageweek.ie and click on the competition area to enter.
The National Heritage Week Photography Competition invites people to submit original photographs interpreting the theme of this year’s Heritage Week. More details can be found on www.heritageweek.ie
Heritage Week is co-ordinated by The Heritage Council and is part of European Heritage Days, which is celebrated in over 40 countries across Europe. More information is available on www.heritageweek.ie and on Twitter (@HeritageWeek/ #HeritageWeek) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/heritageweek).