On Wednesday, 22nd February 2017, Minister Heather Humphreys presented a total of nine projects with the Heritage Council’s Heritage Awards. The awards were presented at the Heritage Council’s Heritage Awards Ceremony in Dublin and recognises the fantastic work of the heritage community in Ireland in showcasing the best of National Heritage Week.
Minister Humphreys presents Hidden Heritage Award to LEAP Project Easkey
The LEAP Project in Easkey, Co. Sligo was presented with the Hidden Heritage Award for their event, The Bucks and The Thrashers, which brought history to life with a street theatre re-enactment of the feud between Thomas Fenton of Castletown, Easkey and Major John Hillas of Donecoy in 1816.
Presenting the Heritage Awards, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, said
"I would like to congratulate each of the heritage projects receiving awards today. The individuals, professionals and community groups, many of whom are volunteers, who work tirelessly to protect and preserve our heritage, are the backbone of the heritage sector. As someone who was a member of my own local heritage group I understand the great fulfilment you can achieve by being involved in heritage, but I also understand the huge amount of commitment required. It’s great to see that commitment recognised for so many heritage organisations here today."
Speaking at the ceremony, Michael Starrett, Heritage Council CEO said,
"The common theme among all those being recognised here today is one of dedication to the conservation, protection and promotion of local heritage and community. Through the fantastic platform of National Heritage Week the public has had the opportunity to engage with a range of diverse and unique projects, making heritage accessible to all."
Councillor Seamus Kilgannon, Chairman of Sligo Heritage Forum congratulated the LEAP Project Easkey in winning the Hidden Heritage Award saying
"The award reflects the huge effort and commitment of the LEAP Project in celebrating and showcasing local heritage, it is evident that everyone in the parish was involved in this venture and the award is richly deserved – well done to all!"