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Heritage Awards success for Clare

Date issued: 16/04/18

Three Clare Heritage Week events have been successful in the Heritage Awards, an annual awards scheme showcasing the best of National Heritage Week.

At an awards ceremony in Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum, Clare came out on top in one of three competition categories while two Clare events finished as runners up.

Mayor of Clare Councillor Tom McNamara, welcomed the news, adding that “the fact Clare accounted for three of the 13 events recognised on the night from a total of 122 entries is testament to the quality programme of events organised locally during Heritage Week 2017.”

The Great Irish Garden, organised by Irish Seed Savers in Scariff, won the Hidden Heritage Award which shines a light on Ireland’s hidden heritage and was open to event organisers who successfully explored lesser known aspects of Ireland’s heritage during Heritage Week.

The Great Irish Garden highlighted the diversity and heritage of Ireland's food crops. Due to industrial farming it's estimated that over 80% of crop varieties have been lost in the last 100 years. Ireland has a rich history of food heritage from the well-known Lumper potato to the ancient and very rare Irish Prean’s Pea. Irish Seed Savers’ mission is to save these varieties and make them available to the general public.

The Laneways & Bow-ways of Ennis walk organised by Ennis Tidy Towns was named runner-up in the category. Led by local historian Larry Brennan, the walk shone a spotlight on the placenames of the town. These placenames were then uploaded by the organisers to meitheal.logainm.ie, the community placename collection project.

Spa Wells Pumps 150yrs, organised by Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns, was named runner up in the Heritage Communities category. The event celebrated 150 years since the first pump was installed at the Spa Wells in Lisdoonvarna. Lisdoonvarna Failte CLG, Lisdoonvarna Heritage Group, Lisdoonvarna Tidy Towns and Visit Lisdoonvarna collaborated to bring people out and celebrate the community owned heritage site.  

Congella McGuire, Clare County Council Heritage Officer, commented, “It’s In Your Nature’ was the main theme of Heritage Week 2017 with a record 102 events taking place around County Clare from 19 August to 27 August. It is not surprising that Clare achieved so much in the annual Heritage Awards concerning the range of local events taking place lectures, field trips, film screenings, workshops, exhibitions historical re-enactments, and local history walks and talks.”

Ms. McGuire confirmed that Clare County Council will shortly be inviting communities, voluntary groups and inviduals to get involved in National Heritage Week 2018 by organising an event in their community to showcase their local natural and cultural heritage.

The theme for Heritage Week 2018 is ‘Make a Connection’ which aims to deepen the connection between people and heritage, and build a legacy of increased public engagement.  Heritage Week is exploring this theme through ‘Sharing Stories’. The week is a chance to share heritage stories in new ways, with new people.  During Heritage Week everyone will have the chance to connect with their heritage, to enjoy, learn about, appreciate and share it.  

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 16/04/18