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What can we learn from our heritage?

Posted 13/08/2020

This year Heritage Week celebrates the relationship between education and Ireland’s rich history

Heritage week starts in earnest on the 15 August and will run until the 23 of the month. This year the Heritage Council are focusing on the value of Ireland’s heritage in education and how we can learn from our past.

The current situation with COVID 19 has meant that many of the popular live events have instead been transformed into accessible video content including a range of fascinating films for school aged children.

The Heritage Council’s aim is not just to encourage our interest in Ireland’s landscape and its social and architectural heritage; it also provides engagement support for a wide range of heritage projects. Some of the exciting projects underway in 2020 include a behind the scenes insight into Conservation at the National Gallery, an Exploration of Dublin’s medieval city and a tour of County Mayo’s fantastic 18th and 19th century entrance fan lights.

Each year the Heritage Council also present a number of heritage awards. In 2019 they named the Egan family from Birr, County Offaly, as ‘Heritage Heroes’. Their unspoilt home, Carrigeen Farmhouse, is a rare survivor of the past, almost entirely unchanged since the last century with traditional farmhouse furniture and early fixtures and fittings.

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