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Submissions invited to Cultural Heritage Inventory

Date issued: 19/12/17

Clare County Council is inviting members of the public to make submissions to Ireland's ‘National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage’ which was recently launched by Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Once compiled, the Inventory will acknowledge and promote Ireland’s living culture through official State recognition. In tandem with this, it will fulfil Ireland’s obligations under the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which Ireland signed up to in December 2015 to raise awareness of, and respect for, our unique living culture.

Congella McGuire, Clare Heritage Officer, said, “The goal is to record elements of our national and local living heritage that are still being practiced and passed down from generation to generation. The practices must be living practices in one form or another: still taught or practiced, and passed on. The idea is that the more that becomes known of these practices, then the better their active cultural contribution is acknowledged.”

She continued, “There’s such a wealth of cultural heritage in Clare and I hope that the Inventory will reflecting this. Groups and individuals who practice customs, traditions, crafts and other forms of intangible cultural heritage are encouraged to make submissions to the National Inventory. Some suggestions could include the practice and cultural contribution of genealogy in Clare, oral recording or placenames projects throughout the county. The traditions surrounding religious pilgrimage and holy wells are likewise perfect examples that could be looked at, as are traditional farming practices, traditional skills and stone walls building in the Burren and northwest Clare for example.”

“The purpose of the Expression of Interest form is to provide sufficient information about the proposed element of intangible cultural heritage to allow the expert committee to reach a decision regarding its inclusion in the National Inventory: the final submission will allow for greater detail and complexity,” added Ms. McGuire.

Interested parties should fill out and submit the Expression of Interest form which may be downloaded from Successful applicants will be invited to develop their final submission that will become part of the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage.  Successful applicants to the National Inventory may also consider seeking nomination by the State for inscription on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, to which the State is entitled to make one nomination every year.

All queries and completed forms should be sent via email to on or before Wednesday 31 January 2018.

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 19/12/17