Heritage Week


National Heritage Week 2022 takes place on 13 – 21 August 2022.  This page contains all the information you’ll need to organise a great Heritage Week event, and whether it’s your first or your 21st, we are here to help – contact the Heritage Office at heritage@laoiscoco.ie or 087-662 4865 with any questions at all.

Tracking the common pipistrelle bats during the Bat Walk in Castletown during Heritage week.
Photograph: Alf Harvey.

Organise A Heritage Week Event!

The National Heritage Week website is now open to register your projector event for this year. Go to www.heritageweek.ie and follow the steps to get your event registered online now. We will be preparing a County Event Guide for Heritage Week in Laois, and will base the guide on events registered so get clicking!

If you are thinking of getting involved but are not sure where to start, there are wonderful resources on the Heritage Week website, including this Booklet of 100 event ideas for Heritage Week (Also available as Gaeilge).

We will be getting some promotional material (bunting, flags, t-shirts) from the Heritage Council for event organisers to use in promoting their events – if you are organising an event and would like some of this material please get in touch as soon as possible please and we will include you in the quantities ordered.

Archaeologist Stephen Mandal from the Irish Heritage School leading a field trip at the Rock of Dunamase looking at the geology, landscape, archaeology and history . Picture: Alf Harvey.

Webinars for Organisers

The Heritage Council is holding two webinars to support Heritage Week organisers in 2022. These webinars will provide logistical information, practical advice for developing events and digital heritage projects, as well as the opportunity to learn from the experience of other event organisers.

Webinar 1: An introduction to National Heritage Week 2022
Wednesday, 22nd June 2022 at 1-2 pm
Registration link

Webinar 2: Organising sustainable and inclusive events
Wednesday, 29th June 2022 at 1-2 pm
Registration link

Note: Irish Sign Language Interpretation (ISL) provided at both webinars.

Full details at the Heritage Week webinar page.

Group pictured at the start of Dr. Eoin Sullivan’s guided walk – “The Heath – Prehistoric Connections” at The Heath on Sunday during Heritage Week. Also in the photo were Catherine Casey ( Laois Heritage Officer ) and local members of Laois Heritage. Photo: Michael Scully

Laois Events

We will be busy organising Laois events and supporting organisers in the coming weeks, and we will have all details here as soon as possible – stay tuned!

The event guide will be available in digital format, and we will will be producing some hard copies for libraries. If you would like to receive your hard copy in the post, be sure to let us know your address.

Michael Moylan, Irish History LIve at work in Rathdowney Library for Heritage Week.
Photograph: Alf Harvey.

 

What next?

Heritage Week gives us the opportunity each year to revel in the best of the built and natural heritage of our County, whether it is attending a talk, going for a guided walk or visiting a local heritage site. This is just the beginning though. Most of the Heritage sites celebrated during Heritage Week are open all year-round. The museums of the County, many built heritage sites and wildlife areas are all there to be explored at any time. For more information on heritage in Laois or to find out about events and updates for the rest of the year, check out Laois Heritage Forum on Facebook or Twitter.

National Heritage Week is your opportunity to explore and learn more about Ireland’s natural heritage and helping to conserve and preserve it for the future. Heritage Week in Laois is coordinated by Laois Heritage Officer. National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage, encouraging its understanding and conservation.