About Heritage Week
Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. These events and projects highlight the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage.
In County Longford, Heritage Week is an opportunity to explore our history, culture and nature through a variety of walks, talks, workshops and events held by communities and local groups.
European Heritage Days
National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week.
Role of the Heritage Council
The Heritage Council assumed the role of coordinator of National Heritage Week from the then Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government in 2005. Since then the week has grown into a highly successful programme of over 2,000 events which take place during the last week of August each year. For further information about the Heritage Council including our initiatives, grants programmes, history and structure, visit the Heritage Council website.