Ireland's Heritage Hero 2015 - Mrs Ursula Leslie

The Heritage Council of Ireland are pleased to announce the inaugural Heritage Hero Award which celebrates someone who makes an outstanding contribution to the protection and promotion of heritage, particularly during National Heritage Week.

The winner of the 2015 award, Mrs. Ursula Leslie of Tarbet, Co Kerry was nominated by the Tarbert Development Association. 

For the past forty years, Ursula has been a stalwart supporter of local initiatives to preserve and promote the unique heritage of Tarbert, North Kerry and West Limerick. As a founding member of the American-Ireland Fund, she has helped local heritage tourism projects including the Lartigue Railway Museum, the St. John’s Arts Centre in Listowel, the Hunt Museum in Limerick, and the Tarbert Bridewell Heritage Centre.

Twenty years ago, she and her late husband, John, opened up the parklands surrounding their home for public access. The John F. Leslie Woodland Walk as it is now known is a wonderful local amenity that is greatly appreciated and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike