Heritage Week

Open the door to Laois Heritage

Heritage Week Event Guide for 2021 Launched

Details of the events coming up in Laois for Heritage Week have been revealed, as the event guide for the week in Laois was launched. The theme for this year is “Open the Door the Heritage” and many of the events and projects are aimed at either opening the door to an under explored element of out heritage, or engaging new audiences with heritage.

For full details of all Laois events, see below. Details of events and projects nationwide are at the Heritage Week website.

Click here to download the Laois event guide for 2021

National Heritage Week Awards

All projects submitted this year will be 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.


Laois Heritage President and Chairman of the Heritage Council, Michael Parsons said: “Ireland’s heritage is as wonderfully diverse and unique as the communities, volunteers and individuals who champion it in its many forms. Heritage Week is an opportunity for us to come together in celebration of our traditions and stories, while showing appreciation to all those who help make them accessible to the public.”

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.