Minister Heather Humphreys named Matt Farrell from Co. Longford as Ireland’s Heritage Hero.
Presenting the Heritage Awards, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, said “I would like to congratulate each of the heritage projects receiving awards today and in particular Matt Farrell, Ireland’s Heritage Hero. The individuals, professionals and community groups, many of whom are volunteers, who work tirelessly to protect and preserve our heritage, are the backbone of the heritage sector. As someone who was a member of my own local heritage group I understand the great fulfilment you can achieve by being involved in heritage, but I also understand the huge amount of commitment required. It’s great to see that commitment recognised for so many heritage organisations here today.”
Speaking at the ceremony, Michael Starrett Heritage Council CEO said, “the common theme among all those being recognised here today is one of dedication to the conservation, protection and promotion of local heritage and community. Through the fantastic platform of National Heritage Week the public has had the opportunity to engage with a range of diverse and unique projects, making heritage accessible to all.
A total of nine awards were also presented to Heritage Week projects. The Cool for Kids Award was open to event organisers who encouraged children and families to participate in Heritage Week and GAP’s Discovering Biodiversity in a Community Garden was shortlisted. This family workshop in the Community Garden in Ballymun, Dublin looked at the importance of biodiversity conservation and the protection of our natural heritage. The event was delivered in a fun and practical setting where urban explorers were taken into nature and got their hands dirty. Everyone, young and old, left with a greater awareness of the need to protect our natural heritage.
Heritage Week 2017 will take place from 19-27 August and we’re determined to reach even more people to learn about and enjoy Ireland’s nature.