DUBLIN, Ireland - The pubic in Ireland are being urgedto immerse themselves in the country's rich heritage ahead of Heritage Week 2019 which takes place from this Saturday 17 August to tSunday he 25th of August.
Over 2,000 events, most of which are free, are being held throughout Ireland as part of the annual event which celebrates and helps promote the country's built, natural and cultural heritage.
The celebration, co-ordinated by the Heritage Council, involve hundreds of individuals and communities across Ireland who, every year, stage events and share their interest in heritage.
Approximately 1,100 organisations and individuals, including the National Parks and Wildlife Service and National Cultural Institutions, are involved in events. This year The Heritage Council's chosen theme for Heritage Week is the celebration of Pastimes and Past Times.
Last year, more than half a million people attended events across the country, most of which were hosted by communities, volunteers and individuals who champion Ireland's heritage in its many forms. More information about the events taking place across the country is available at www.heritageweek.ie.
"There are so many events taking place and the great thing is that most are free, so it is a wonderful opportunity for people and families of all ages to participate and learn about our heritage in a relaxed and fun way," the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said Wednesday.
"I pay tribute to the hundreds of volunteers, organisations and communities across the country who every year dedicate their valuable time and energy to stage events and share their passion for heritage with the wider public. Our heritage is at the heart of who we are and my Department is committed to ensuring that it is protected for generations to come."