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Sunday 22 September 2019

Events planned in Sligo for National Heritage Week

A host of events are planned in and around Sligo for National Heritage Week
A host of events are planned in and around Sligo for National Heritage Week

National Heritage Week takes place from Saturday, August 17 to Sunday, August 25 and the Heritage Office, Sligo County Council has compiled many events taking place across the county, most of which are free.

The free Sligo Heritage Week Event Guide is now widely available. Heritage Week is a nationwide celebration of our natural, built and cultural heritage.

This year's theme of Pastime/Past Times explores how free time has been shaped by hundreds of years of storytelling, craft, sport, music and more. Heritage Week is an opportunity to build awareness and enjoyment of our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.

Each year in August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the extensive programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote natural, built and cultural heritage.

Siobhan Ryan, Heritage Officer with Sligo County Council said: "We encourage everyone to support the efforts of the many individuals and groups who have organised events for National Heritage Week in County Sligo and to encourage other people to engage with, and advocate for, the heritage within our communities.

"The success of Heritage Week is dependent on all the event organisers across the county, who are enthusiastic, committed and volunteer their time in order to make National Heritage Week the great success it is. Without their interest, hard work and voluntary commitment this week would not be possible.

"You can now pick up your free copy of the County Sligo Heritage Week Event Guide which is widely available throughout Sligo and on-line at www.sligococo.ie/heritage. Updates and details of Heritage Week events nationally are available on www.heritageweek.ie. While Heritage Week updates for Sligo will be posted regularly on the Sligo Heritage Office facebook page see https://www.facebook.com/sligoheritageoffice

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