Event Registration FAQ's

Can anyone organise an event for National Heritage Week?

Yes, any organisation, individual, business, or community group can organise an event for National Heritage Week.

How can I register an event?

Registration opens in early May.

What is the deadline for event registration?

The deadline for event registration for inclusion in the National Heritage Week printed event guide is 31 May

This guide is distributed nationwide to tourist offices, local authorities, OPW sites and various other national and cultural institutions.  You can add an event to the website listings until the day before National Heritage Week begins.

What kind of events are suitable to organise?

All sorts of events can be organised. Events can cover all areas of heritage including forests and woodlands, wildlife, geology, coastal and marine, lakes & wetlands, rivers, landscapes,  gardens & parks, folklore, genealogy, historic buildings, archives, industrial heritage, inland waterways, archaeology, local history, military, historic collections, sport, traditional skills, transport, and walled towns. 

Activities can range from walks, talks, festivals, family activities, tours, music, storytelling, exhibitions, historical re-enactments, craft demonstrations, workshops or outdoor activities. See our 100 Event Ideas for inspiration!

Many heritage sites and historic buildings offer free admission or special concessions during National Heritage Week.

How can my community benefit from organising an event during National Heritage Week?

National Heritage Week provides the opportunity to bring your community together to volunteer, learn new skills, make new connections and engage with your local heritage. 

In addition cultural heritage is the foundation of Ireland’s tourism industry.The week provides a fantastic opportunity for communities to showcase the natural and cultural heritage in their area, attract visitors and raise the profile of your town or village. 

How can I promote my event within my community?

There are many ways you can promote your event within your community.  These include posters, local radio, local press, social media and word of mouth.

Is National Heritage Week promoted nationally?

Yes, The Heritage Council promotes National Heritage Week with a national advertising, marketing and PR campaign.

How do I organise insurance for an event?

Each individual organiser is responsible for ensuring that the appropriate level of insurance is in place for their event.  Contact your insurer to find out what level of insurance you need.

What should I do if the event I organise has to be cancelled?

If you have no option but to cancel your event please ensure you make every effort to notify your potential audience through as many means possible. In the event of an event being cancelled event organisers must make every effort to communicate this locally and place notification with apologies at the designated meeting place to ensure that anyone who turns up is not needlessly waiting. 

Also please inform us at heritageweek@heritagecouncil.ie so we can update the website listings and communicate the cancellation nationally if necessary.