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Ireland prepares to Celebrate its Heritage as hundreds of free events take place across the country

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, calls on the public to immerse themselves in Ireland’s rich heritage ahead of Heritage Week 2019 which takes place from the 17th to the 25th of August. 

Over 2,000 events – most of which are free – are held throughout the country as part of the annual event which celebrates and helps promote our built, natural and cultural heritage.

The annual celebration, co-ordinated by the Heritage Council, includes hundreds of individuals and communities across Ireland who, every year, give of themselves to stage events and share their interest in heritage with the public at large.

Approximately 1,100 organisations and individuals, including our National Parks and Wildlife Service and our National Cultural Institutions, are involved in organising events. The Heritage Council works in cooperation with a wide range of public bodies, NGOs, community organisations and individuals. This year The Heritage Council’s chosen theme for Heritage Week is the celebration of Pastimes and Past Times.

Last year, more than half a million people attended events across the country, most of which were hosted by communities, volunteers and individuals who champion Ireland’s heritage in its many forms. More information about the events taking place across the country is available at

Minister Madigan said:

There are so many events taking place and the great thing is that most are free, so it is a wonderful opportunity for people and families of all ages to participate and learn about our heritage in a relaxed and fun way.

I pay tribute to the hundreds of volunteers, organisations and communities across the country who every year dedicate their valuable time and energy to stage events and share their passion for heritage with the wider public. Our heritage is at the heart of who we are and my Department is committed to ensuring that it is protected for generations to come.

I wish everyone involved in Heritage Week 2019 huge success and enjoyment.