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Search for Ireland’s Heritage Hero 2020 begins

The Heritage Council has launched the search for Ireland’s ‘heritage hero’ for 2020.

Every year, the Heritage Council seeks nominations for an individual or a group of people who have worked tirelessly to protect and promote heritage.

The public are invited to nominate who they feel deserves the award by completing the Heritage Hero nomination form. Nominations close at 12 noon on Friday, 18th September.

According to Virginia Teehan, CEO of the Heritage Council: “Heritage Heroes come in different forms: last year, it was the Egan family from County Offaly who worked together to preserve and celebrate their old family homestead, and who have made it a place that people can visit from time to time. Previously, the award has gone to people who work tirelessly in their communities to promote and preserve aspect of local heritage.

“Ultimately, what makes a heritage hero is their relentlessly investment in heritage: it may be natural heritage, built heritage or in part of our intangible herniate, which comprises everything from skills to language and sport.”

The heritage hero award is part of the National Heritage Awards, run annually to celebrate the outstanding projects and events from National Heritage Week.

National Heritage Week 2020 ran from 15 – 23 August, and comprised a mix of online, in person and community events and projects. In total, 854 projects and events took place around the country, with many communities celebrating local heritage, for the first time, as part of National Heritage Week.

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Search for Ireland’s Heritage Hero 2020 begins

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.