Register now for National Heritage Week

National Heritage Week, one of Ireland’s largest cultural events, will run from Saturday, August 17th, to Sunday, August 25th. This year we will celebrate the theme of ‘Connections, Routes and Networks’. Groups are invited to explore how people are connected to each other both through physical routes and cultural connections.

If you are interested in organising an event, have an event idea one would like to discuss, or would like to apply for the small grant scheme, please email heritage@roscommoncoco.ie or phone 090 6637136 by Friday, June 28th. Alternatively, visit heritageweek.ie for more information or follow #heritageweek2024 on social media.

Organising an event for National Heritage Week may seem daunting at first, but is a straightforward process. Whether you’re an individual, a community group, or an organisation, National Heritage Week encourages your participation.

A small National Heritage Week Grant Scheme is being trialled this year to assist groups with associated costs such as speakers’ fees, venue hire, refreshments, etc. Closing date for applications is Friday, June 28th. Contact the Roscommon County Council Heritage Office by email heritage@roscommoncoco.ie or by phoning 090 6637136, for grant information and an application form.

National Heritage Week provides an excellent platform to showcase and celebrate heritage, allowing you to contribute to a nationwide event with your unique project or event. Events and digital projects can now be registered on heritageweek.ie.

One of the most exciting aspects of National Heritage Week is that anyone can become an event organiser. You don’t need to be a heritage expert or have prior experience in event planning. If you need some inspiration, look at the 2024 Event Ideas guide for some great suggestions.

Speaking ahead of this year’s event, Heritage Officer with Roscommon County Council, Nollaig Feeney, is encouraging community groups to support this year’s National Heritage Week: “Last year community groups and individuals organised over 50 events and projects all around Roscommon to celebrate National Heritage Week”, he explained.

“These included guided walks, tours, talks, exhibitions and kids activities. This is a great opportunity for groups to showcase their work and let people know what they have been working on over the past year. The Heritage Office can help publicise all events registered in the county and provide flags and bunting for one’s event”, he concluded.