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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


Ireland's Heritage Hero 2015 - Mrs Ursula Leslie

It's a Wrap - Heritage Week 2020.

With Heritage Week 2020 now behind us, the Heritage Council would like to extend a huge thank you to project organisers, event organisers, supporters and members of the public who took part in National Heritage Week 2020.

Adapting to this year's approach was no easy feat but everyone responded by sharing innovative and engaging heritage projects. Many of the committed and loyal heritage heroes, across every county in Ireland, adapted to keep Heritage Week alive. In addition, many people – who are new to heritage – got creative and involved.

We have more than 800 projects shared on heritageweek.ie from across the country, celebrating our theme 'Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage'. They are a vibrant mix of research projects, videos, podcasts, online events and in-person activities. You can search the full collection of projects here.

Remember, if you began a project but have not yet submitted it to us, we would still love for you to share it - all projects shared with us via the Project Organisers Portal by 30th August will be considered for a heritage award.

Watch this space for more news about the National Heritage Awards; insights intro projects shared; and news and plans for Heritage Week 2021.