Heritage Week

Heritage Week 2022 takes place on 13 – 21 August 2022. Details of events nationwide are at the national Heritage Week website and Laois details will be posted here when available.


Heritage Week 2021

The theme for Heritage Week 2021 year was “Open the Door the Heritage” and many of the events and projects were aimed at either opening the door to an under-explored element of our heritage, or engaging new audiences with heritage.

For full details of all Laois events held in 2021 download the Laois event guide for 2021




National Heritage Week Awards

All projects submitted each year are considered for a National Heritage Week Award. National Heritage Week Awards have been expanded to include an award for the best project in each county. Projects will be assessed on the basis of their local reach and community engagement, educational value and the level to which they involve different age groups.

For more on National Heritage Week see www.heritageweek.ie and for details of heritage events and projects in Laois, check out the Laois Heritage Facebook page

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.