The Heritage Council Heritage Awards shine a spotlight on Ireland's Heritage Heroes and showcase the most engaging and innovative National Heritage Week events.

The 2017 award categories are as follows:

Heritage Hero 
Do you know someone who always goes the extra mile for heritage? Nominate an individual or organisation who makes an outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of heritage in your local area. Anyone can nominate a Heritage Hero.

Hidden Heritage
Did your event shine a light on Ireland’s hidden heritage? This award is open to event organisers who successfully explored lesser known aspects of Ireland’s heritage during National Heritage Week. All National Heritage Week Event Organisers can enter.

Heritage Communities
Did your event reach across your community? Maybe you worked in partnership with other community groups or encouraged young people to take part. This award is open to event organisers who brought their community together to celebrate National Heritage Week. All National Heritage Week Event Organisers can enter.

Cool for Kids
Did your event help children learn about and enjoy heritage? This award is open to
event organisers who encouraged children to participate in National Heritage Week. All National Heritage Week Event Organisers can enter.

The closing date for entries has been extended to 6pm on Monday 18 September 2017. 

Recipients will be honoured at a Heritage Council Awards Day later in 2017.