National Heritage Week

Roscommon groups encouraged to get on board for National Heritage Week

National Heritage Week

National Heritage Week, Ireland’s annual celebration of built, natural and cultural heritage, will take place from 20th to 28th August. This year Roscommon County Council is inviting you to explore 100 Years of Heritage and take a journey back through one hundred years of Ireland, discovering the lives of those who came before us.

In this centenary year, what better time to celebrate the last one hundred years of Ireland’s heritage: historical, archaeological, architectural and environmental. How did people live, what did they eat, how did they travel, what jobs did they do?  What was life like for a soldier, a farmer, a nurse or a schoolchild? What was important to those that lived in Ireland then, are these things still important to us now?
National Heritage Week is Ireland’s most popular cultural event with over 400,000 people taking part in 1,800 heritage events nationwide. Whether you put on your hiking boots for a guided walk, get your hands dirty digging an archaeological site or simply relax and soak up the special atmosphere of a historic building, have fun with heritage this National Heritage Week. If you need ideas for your event check out the 100 Heritage Week event ideas on
Event registration for National Heritage Week 2016 will open on 10 May 2016. Registration for the print guide will close on 10 June. The print guide is distributed across Ireland to OPW sites, museums, libraries, local authorities and tourist offices. Registration for the web listings will stay open until 19 August. – See more at:

“Getting your event registered in time to be included in the print guide is a great opportunity for Roscommon events to get free nationwide publicity”, said Nollaig Feeney Heritage Officer, Roscommon County Council. Roscommon County Council will produce and distribute a county event guide based on events registered on by 30th June 2016.

“Heritage Week is a great opportunity for people to showcase what is great about their locality. It is always an action packed and fun week in Co. Roscommon. Roscommon County Council is delighted to promote Heritage Week as an action of County Roscommon Heritage Plan 2012-2016”, said Nollaig Feeney Heritage Officer , Roscommon County Council.