As final preparations get underway for National Heritage Week which kicks off on Saturday, 18th August and runs until Sunday 26th August nationwide, the Heritage Council, coordinators of National Heritage Week are encouraging people to get involved in the week. With over 1500 events scheduled to take place across Ireland throughout the week, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone.
Finding out what’s happening in your area has been made even easier with the creation of a FREE iPhone and Android Heritage Week Event App which allows you to search for events taking place during the week by location, date and category. The app also allows you bookmark the events you want to attend, share events you are going to and invite your friends along through a Facebook Event page.
Speaking ahead of the week, Isabell Smyth, Heritage Council Communications Manager commented, “2012 is shaping up to be the biggest Heritage Week to date with over <insert number> events registered to take place nationwide. The diversity of events taking place during National Heritage Week is what makes it unique. Seven years ago just 500 events took place for National Heritage Week, this year the week has hit a record high. We expect over 600,000 people to attend events across the country during the week and we hope that towns and villages across Ireland will experience a knock-on economic effect as people attend events. This year we have created an app for both the iPhone and Android market. We hope that this app will make it easier for people to find out what is happening throughout the week.”
To celebrate National Heritage Week we have two exciting competitons taking place this year. The first is for a two night stay in a Blue Book property. To enter all you need to do is answer three simple built heritage questions. Log on to www.heritageweek.ie to enter the competition, closing date for entries is 31st of August.
The annual National Heritage Week Photo Competition is now also open for entries. Images do not have to be taken during National Heritage Week but must have been taken in 2012. This year’s theme is Built Heritage. Simply submit an image(s) that you think captures Ireland’s Built Heritage. Images can be the interior or exterior of your favourite building, monument or ruin (historic or contemporary), a feature that captures your imagination (a window, door, handle, stairway), an interesting streetscape, a group of buildings, or examples of where built heritage meets natural heritage. To enter, upload your pictures to the official Heritage Week Photo Competition Site: http://pix.ie/group/heritageweek . The closing date for entries is 31st August 2012.