Heritage Week 2019
National Heritage Week takes place from Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, August 25 2019 and is coordinated by The Heritage Council and Local Authority Heritage Officers. The Heritage Office, Sligo County Council has compiled the County Sligo Heritage Week Event Guide which outlines many Heritage Week events taking place across County Sligo, most of which are free. The free Sligo Heritage Week Event Guide is now widely available throughout the county. Heritage Week is a nationwide celebration of our natural, built and cultural heritage. This year’s theme of Pastime | Past Times explores how our free time has been shaped by hundreds of years of storytelling, craft, sport, music and more. Heritage Week is an opportunity to build awareness and enjoyment of our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.
Each year in August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the extensive programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. Our heritage is what makes County Sligo such a special place. Heritage is central to our sense of place and identity. It is a significant tourism resource attracting visitors to our beautiful county and plays a key role in sustaining communities and supporting the local economy. Investment in our cultural, built and natural heritage engages people with place, supports local economies and animates our tourism industry.
Siobhan Ryan, Heritage Officer with Sligo County Council added, ‘We encourage everyone to support the efforts of the many individuals and groups who have organised events for National Heritage Week in County Sligo and to encourage other people to engage with, and advocate for, the heritage within our communities.’
The success of Heritage Week is dependent on all the event organisers across the county, who are enthusiastic, committed and volunteer their time in order to make National Heritage Week the great success it is. Without their interest, hard work and voluntary commitment this week would not be possible.
You can now pick up your free copy of the County Sligo Heritage Week Event Guide which is widely available throughout Sligo and on-line at www.sligococo.ie. Updates and details of Heritage Week events nationally are available on www.heritageweek.ie. While Heritage Week updates for Sligo will be posted regularly on the Sligo Heritage Office facebook page see https://www.facebook.com/sligoheritageoffice