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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Using our rich past to move economy forward

EXAMINING POTENTIAL OF HERITAGE SECTOR

Published 11/12/2012 | 12:40

A WORKSHOP exploring the potential of the heritage sector as an engine for economic growth is taking place in Fingal this week.

Aimed at generating an an increased awareness of the opportunities for enterprise and business development based on Ireland's unique local heritage, the event is taking place in Malahide Castle and Gardens on Wednesday from 9am to 1pm. Organised by the Heritage Council, the event will of interest to heritage practitioners, business people, entrepreneurs and community representatives. Cllr Cian O'Callaghan, Mayor of Fingal will extend a welcome to everyone attending the event which promises to be a productive and interesting day. The workshop is designed to foster business networks and develop sustainable enterprise opportunities locally and nationally. It is hoped that the county workshops will support the sector's continued development and reinvigoration. The first session will set the tone by exploring the relationship between the local economy and heritage. Professor Gabriel Cooney, Board Member of the Heritage Council will discuss the economic potential of the heritage sector in general. While David O'Connor, Fingal County Manager, will showcase the recorded heritage of the county and the achievements within the local heritage business economy to date. The programme of enterprise speakers has been specially selected to showcase the diversity and vibrancy of Fingal's unique heritage sector. In the second part of the workshop Kevin Halpenny Senior Parks Superintendent, & Noeleen McHugh, Economic Development Unit, both of Fingal County Council will set the scene for the Idea's Lab by considering the statement 'Making heritage work for Fingal'. The event is free but places are limited and therefore booking is essential. To book a place on the Fingal workshop, please go to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ V0V2aHFLSUU5VEI4blBIUzV0Z1E6MA#gid=6

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