Let over 400,000 people know about your project
Please note we are asking all event organisers to register their event on www.heritageweek.ie this year and it is from here that we will be taking details of the Kildare Events for the County Heritage Week event Guide. - Bridget Loughlin, Heritage Officer, Kildare County Council
Make sure you register your project for National Heritage Week now. Event registration is now open at www.heritageweek.ie. It really works for spreading the word about the importance of local heritage, in a 2015 survey carried out by the Heritage Council, 92% of event organisers said that National Heritage Week allowed them to reach a wider audience than could have been achieved otherwise.
Across the country plans are coming together for National Heritage Week 2016 which will take place from 20 to 28 August 2016. Events are organised by almost 1,000 heritage enthusiasts from organisations to community groups to individuals. Last year National Heritage Week hosted its biggest national celebration of all things heritage, with over 405,000 people attending 1,826 events.
Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by planning events throughout the country, the majority of which are free of charge. More than anything National Heritage Week is a wonderful opportunity to shine a light on the work of thousands of volunteers who give their time to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage.
This year’s theme is One Hundred Years of Heritage. In this our centenary year, what better time to celebrate the last 100 years of Ireland's heritage: historical, archaeological, architectural and environmental. How did people live, what did they eat, how did they travel, what jobs did they do? What was life like for a soldier, a farmer, a nurse or a schoolchild? What was important to those that lived in Ireland then, are these things still important to us now? What has been saved and what has disappeared?