DO you know of a person or group who have worked tirelessly to protect and promote heritage in your area?
The public are invited to nominate who they feel deserves the ‘Heritage Hero’ award by completing the short nomination form on the Heritage Week website at www.heritageweek.ie/about/heritage-awards before 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 31.
The heritage hero award is part of the National Heritage Week Awards, which take place annually to celebrate outstanding heritage projects and events.
National Heritage Week took place from August 12 to August 20 and there were 95 events and three digital projects in County Donegal. The National Heritage Awards ceremony will take place in Gloster House in County Offaly on Thursday, October 5.
As well as the National Heritage Hero Award based on nominations from the public, Heritage Week event organisers can nominate their projects or events for the following awards.
Living Heritage Award
Irish Language Award
Wild Child Award
Water Heritage Award
Inclusive Event Award
Sustainability & Climate Award
County Heritage Award
Two National Heritage Week Awards were awarded to Donegal-based projects last year:
The Ballyshannon Regeneration Group won the Sustainable Heritage Award for its ‘Ballyshannon Historic Town – Conversation and Conservation’ event which was aimed at highlighting the conservation and reuse of historic buildings in the town; and
The Irish Wheelchair Charity Shop in Letterkenny in partnership with the Donegal County Museum won the Sustainable & Inclusive Event Award for its ‘Selling the Past Exhibition’ which was an interactive exhibition of items donated to Letterkenny’s Irish Wheelchair Charity Shop that have links to Donegal’s history.
County Donegal has over 250 known heritage groups and one of the highest participation rates in heritage in the country so be sure to nominate your Heritage Hero on the Heritage Week website at www.heritageweek.ie/about/heritage-awards before 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 31.