Heritage Week 2021

Share in the joy of Laois heritage

Heritage Council invites communities across County Laois to participate in National Heritage Week 2021

Culture and heritage groups, as well as communities, families and individuals in Laois are invited to get involved and celebrate and share heritage.

Organised by the Heritage Council, National Heritage Week will run from Saturday, 14th – Sunday, 22nd August, and has become one of Ireland’s largest cultural events.

The Chairman of the Heritage Council is Michael Parsons from Portlaoise.

“I strongly encourage all project organisers to think meaningfully on how they might include new members of their communities in their projects, and explore aspects of heritage that may have been overlooked in the past.”

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

National Heritage Week events in Laois will be coordinated and supported by the Heritage Officer at Laois County Council Catherine Casey.

National Heritage Week 2021 will follow the same format as last year, where local heritage groups and organisers, families and communities are invited to develop projects which can be showcased on line. In-person events will be limited and will be required to adhere to public health advice. There is no subject-specific theme for National Heritage Week 2021; instead, the focus is on getting as many people to enjoy heritage as possible.

Project organisers are being asked to consider the following:

  • Heritage newcomers: A general invitation to individuals, families and communities who have never engaged in National Heritage Week to work on a heritage project.
  • Heritage sharing: An invitation to existing National Heritage Week organisers to connect with a group / individuals in the community who may not feel included in local heritage; or an opportunity to explore an aspect of local heritage that is seldom considered / celebrated.
  • Heritage for all ages: This is an invitation to National Heritage Week organisers to include different age groups in heritage projects.


Projects should be completed in time for National Heritage Week (14th-22nd August 2021) when they will be showcased on www.heritageweek.ie .

Accepted formats for showcasing vary from online talks or exhibitions, to a video, podcast, slideshow presentation or blog, to media coverage, a dedicated website or moderated social media account, or by means of small, in-person events, which comply with official public health advice. A suite of resources to support project development will be available on HeritageWeek.ie as well as a series of webinars which will run in June, presented by the Heritage Council.

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD. said “My department and I are pleased to support this year’s National Heritage Week, which focuses on encouraging the inclusion of as many people as possible in exploring, sharing and enjoying Ireland’s diverse heritage.

“I especially welcome the heritage newcomers approach taken this year, which is an invitation to those who are new to heritage to get involved. During lockdowns many of us have had more time to explore our local or personal heritage. National Heritage Week may be the perfect opportunity to showcase what you have discovered, or to dig deeper and find out more. Whatever aspect of heritage is chosen, I wish the very best to all those taking part and look forward to seeing the end results in August,” he said.

For details of how to register a project or to find out what’s happening in your area, check out www.heritageweek.ie.

Vincent O’Sullivan with guides Trudy Carmody and John Oxley at the Rock of Dunamase for the Heritage week walk.
Picture: Alf Harvey.