They are a celebration of Ireland's culture, history, gardens, and architecture that gives visitors free access to landmarks that are either usually pay to enter or not open to the public. The week's attractions usually includes tours, events and activities related to history and culture.
Heritage Week is part of the European Heritage Days, a joint action between the Council of Europe and the European Commission. There is a volunteer programme associated with the organization of the events.
Heritage Week is usually the last week in August.
Event guides are usually available in Tourist Offices, Libraries, Heritage Centres, Museums, Bus Stations and in many hotels. There are competitions run as part of the weeks activities and awards, nominated by the public, for the volunteers and organisations which put on the best events.
- Heritage Hero, for a person or organisation
- Hidden Heritage, for lesser known sites
- Reaching Out, for attracting new audiences
- Cool for Kids, for family events
- Heritage Week[permanent dead link], Ireland.com.
- European Heritage Days: A joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, Council of Europe.
- National Heritage Week launches volunteer programme Archived 7 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine, The Heritage Council, Ireland.
- Introduction Archived 27 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine, Heritage Week, Ireland.
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