Heritage Week 2019: The Celebration of Pastimes and Past Times


Heritage Week 2019, which takes place nationwide from 17th to 25th of August, will showcase the joy, diversity and accessibility that can be found within our country’s rich heritage. As a nation of storytellers, all of our heritage is linked to stories of people, places, moments and things. Events taking place in County Cork include a photography exhibition ‘Families of Spike Islands’ on Spike Island, an evening of traditional Irish music with Roisin Elsafti, Ronan Browne and Siobhán Armstrong at Fota House, Dancing at the Crossroads in Mallow and lots lots more. Full details at heritageweek.ie.

Heritage Week 2019 will be a call to action for people to discover, interpret and embrace their heritage and in turn create their own new pastime - to become an explorer, an archaeologist, a storyteller, an eco warrior.

With over 2,000 events taking place throughout the country, there is undoubtedly an event for everyone, no matter their age or interests. The eclectic offering of events in this year’s schedule includes picnics & parties, talks & tours, ceilís, crafts & craic, all of which serve to make our country’s heritage more inclusive than ever.

National Heritage Week is a celebration of Ireland's built, natural and cultural heritage and aims to generate awareness, appreciation and preservation of our wonderful resources.
This year The Heritage Council’s chosen theme for Heritage Week is the celebration of Pastimes and Past Times.

Speaking on the importance of Heritage week, Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan said “I pay tribute to the hundreds of individuals and communities across Ireland who, every year, give of themselves to stage events and share their interest in heritage with the public at large. This commitment is the backbone of our heritage, and it is more important than ever, given the imperatives around climate action, that we nurture those who nurture our heritage.”

The Heritage Week programme features events for all ages, most of which are free to attend. Local highlights include:

Families of Spike Island, Spike Island, Mitchel Hall 17th - 25th August
Spike Island photography exhibition ‘Families of Spike Islands’ depicts a series of unique and mesmerising photographs capturing real life moments of people who used to live on Spike Island.

Cóisir an tSamhraidh at Fota House, Carrigtwohill, 21st August
An evening of traditional Irish music with Roisin Elsafti, Ronan Browne and Siobhán Armstrong. Early booking is advised. Beidh an ceolcoirm curtha i láthair trí mheáin na Gaeilge.
Dancing at the Crossroads, Laharn Cross, Lombardstown, Mallow, 18th August
Large crowds will step it out on the raised timber platform to dance the night away to live music and bands at the foot of Baelic Mountain in the heart of North Cork, Laharn Cross to dance.

Speaking ahead of the launch of Heritage Week 2019 the CEO of the Heritage Council, Virginia Teehan said “The theme of this year’s National Heritage Week – ‘Pastimes | Past Times’ – is one that will appeal to anyone who can remember what it is to be a child, who has a hobby, enjoys a craft, is an enthusiastic collector, plays an instrument or just likes to tell stories. We hope this year, as in previous years, you find something to enjoy by yourself, with friends or with family.”

Coordinated by the Heritage Council since 2005, National Heritage Week has become one of Ireland’s largest cultural events. Last year, more than half a million people attended in excess of 2,200 events across the country, most of which were hosted by communities, volunteers and individuals who champion Ireland’s heritage in its many forms.