National Heritage Week – August 13 – 21

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The monastic Island, Skellig Michael founded in the 7th century, for 600 years the island was a centre of monastic life for Irish Christian monks. The Celtic monastery, which is situated almost at the summit of the 230-metre-high rock became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It is one of Europe's better known but least accessible monasteries.Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan

Heritage Week returns on Saturday 13 August after two years of mainly digital and distanced events. Despite the limitations of the pandemic more than 1,000 events were organised and shared on the Heritage Week website last year. 

National Heritage Week – August 13 – 21

This year there will be lots more events and activities around the country for Heritage Week.  Many villages, towns and cities will have a variety of walking tours. There will be exhibitions on local history, sports and antiquities. Talks by historians and specialists, workshops to help people learn new arts and skills. 

Here is a selection of what to expect around the country. 

Dublin – Tenement Memories at 14 Henrietta Street. Behind the scenes in the Conservation Department at Trinity College. You can learn how to make Japanese paper fish or tour the graves in Glasnevin.  

Cork – the city of the Ford Motor company in Ireland; visitors can explore its history. Or maybe a day in the life of a Regency woman would be interesting. Cork Public Library will host a Viking bead making workshop, or you could take a butterfly and wildflower walk. 

Galway – events in the Wild Atlantic Way city will have a strong focus on the history and heritage of the city. There will be a Medieval re-enactment with chainmail and swords, a walking tour of Medieval Galway and hear about the Spanish connections to the city. 

Louth – in Ireland’s smallest county you can paint your own medieval tile or have a magical nature walk in Ravensdale Forest. 

Digital and Audio Events

There are more than 100 digital events this year and include a stone-wall building workshop, lectures on history, ancestry, culture, nature, sports, and other unusual topics. There are also a series of audio guides to help you explore places at your own pace. Download guides to places such as the Huguenot Cemetery in Dublin, explore Graiguenamanagh, or discover St. Colmcille’s Donegal. 

National Heritage Week is part of the European Heritage Week and is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council as part of European Heritage Days – a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which more than 50 countries participate each year. 

See the full details of what is on here.  


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