Nominate Your ‘Heritage Hero’

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 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 before 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 31.

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