National Heritage Week

Roscommon groups reminded to register for National Heritage Week

National Heritage Week
Roscommon groups who intend participating in National Heritage Week are reminder to register their event on by Sunday July 10th to ensure it is included in the printed Roscommon Event Guide.

Celebrating the stories of people and place over 100 years, this year National Heritage Week runs from 20-28th August. This year’s theme is One Hundred Years of Heritage. In this our centenary year, what better time to celebrate the last 100 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? What has been saved and what has disappeared?

Commenting on the deadline Nollaig Feeney, Heritage Officer, Roscommon County Council said A big thank you to everybody who has already registered an event for National Heritage Week! For anyone else thinking of holding an event please register it on by 10th July so that it can be included in the printed Roscommon Event guide. If you miss this deadline, don’t worry – events can still be registered on the website right up to the middle of August.”

Group or individuals who have queries about holding an event for National Heritage Week are encouraged to contact Nollaig via [email protected] or by calling 090 6637135.

National Heritage Week highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. Most of the events are free so that heritage can be accessed and appreciated by all.  For nine action packed days, Ireland celebrates not only heritage but community involvement and a deep connection between people and place. 

National Heritage Week 2015 by Numbers

– 405,300 people attended National Heritage Week in 2015.
– 1826 events were held.
– There were 960 event organisers in 2015. 16,434 people helped to organise events in 2015.
– 87% of events were free.
– 99% of visitors would recommend National Heritage Week to a friend.
– Dublin, Cork, Galway, Donegal and Kilkenny have the most events per county.
– We used over 2 miles of bunting during the week!