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Minister paves the way for GAA UNESCO cultural recognition

John Brennan

Published 29/12/2015 | 12:38

Dublin hurler Ryan O’Dwyer Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile
Dublin hurler Ryan O’Dwyer Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys, has paved the way for Hurling, Na Píobairí Uileann and UCD Folklore Collection to seek UNESCO recognition.

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This comes as the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was formally ratified by Ireland.

The Minister said, “Ratification of this UNESCO Convention paves the way for aspects of our cultural heritage to receive special recognition as being examples of ‘intangible cultural heritage.

“The GAA, in relation to hurling, Na Píobairí Uileann and the UCD Folklore Collection have all expressed a keen interest in getting this unique UNESCO recognition,” Minister Humphreys said.

These organisations have until the end of March to prepare complete and submit their applications for UNESCO recognition.

The Minister added, “I believe that UNESCO recognition would provide a significant opportunity to showcase the uniqueness of Hurling, Uileann Piping and the UCD Folklore Collection beyond our national boundaries.

“I wish each of the organisations well with their applications, and my Department is happy to assist with the process in any way it can,” she said.

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