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Wicklow town set to go 'as Gaeilge'

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Organiser Ciara Wadden

Organiser Ciara Wadden

Organiser Ciara Wadden

Cainteoirí Chill Mhantáin, the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council and Wicklow Municipal District have joined forces to display the prevalence of the Irish language in Wicklow town.

The project will highlight this often overlooked aspect of our heritage via an online photographic exhibition for Heritage Week and the organisers are seeking the public's help to gather images.

Simply send in photographs showcasing examples of the Irish languages in Wicklow town today, or in times past.

The submissions received will be archived on Wicklow's community heritage website, and a selection will be displayed in an online exhibition as part of Heritage Week 2020. National Heritage Week takes place from August 15 to August 23, and this years theme is 'Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage'.

Cainteoirí Chill Mhantáin is a voluntary Irish language group based in Wicklow Town whose aim is to promote the language through community classes and Irish language events.

Ciara Wadden, organiser of the project and co-chair of Cainteoirí Chill Mhantáin, said: 'The Irish language is present all over Wicklow town. It appears on road signs, historical sites and landmarks, shops and other buildings. It is hoped that taking the time to notice and document the presence of Irish all around us will give participants a greater awareness of, and connection with our Irish cultural heritage,'

Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer with Wicklow County Council, said: 'The focus has moved away this year from hosting physical events to showcasing heritage projects. The new approach is designed to promote the sharing of experience and knowledge and to complement the good heritage work happening in communities all over Wicklow. Projects can comprise researching an aspect of heritage on your doorstep, sharing or re-learning a heritage skill, or exploring an aspect of Ireland's educational heritage.'

The deadline for submissions is August 7. Visit heritage.wicklowheritage.org to submit your images. The results of projects can be presented in a format that can be shared widely, for example an online talk or exhibition, a video, podcast or oral history recordings.

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