Heritage Week

National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage, encouraging its understanding and conservation.

Heritage Week 2017 will take place from 19-27 August and we’re making 2017 the year we help more people learn about and enjoy Ireland’s nature. From urban wildlife tours to foraging walks to building bee hotels, Heritage Week 2017 is all about being active, having fun and getting involved with our natural heritage. We’re encouraging everyone young and old to get outdoors more often and value what our natural world has to offer. Protecting our natural heritage is so important to every aspect of our lives; jobs, tourism, water, food, health and wellbeing.

Exploring the wildlife in The People’s Park, Portlaoise as part of Laois Heritage week. Picture: Alf Harvey.


National Heritage Week is your opportunity to explore and learn more about Ireland’s natural heritage and helping to conserve and preserve it for the future. Heritage Week in Laois is coordinated by Laois Heritage Officer. A Laois events guide is produced and will be in all Branch Libraries in plenty of time for the week. If you have an idea for an event  and would like some help, please do get in touch! Regular updates on Heritage Week and all other heritage events in Laois are at our Facebook page and Twitter feed

For some fun ideas on events for Heritage week, check out the Heritage Council’s guides below:

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