The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is undertaking a public consultation on how Ireland's heritage will be managed over the next ten years. To support the consultation process, The Heritage Council of Ireland is organising public meetings for the southeast of Ireland on the 13 February and in the midwest on 19 February 2019.
The southeast session takes place on Wednesday, 13th February, from 6.30pm to 9pm in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny for people living in Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Tipperary South, Waterford and Wexford.
The midwest session, taking place on Tuesday, 19th February, from 6.30pm to 9pm in the Claregalway Hotel, Co Galway for people living in Galway, Clare and Mayo.
Following the public consultation, the Government will produce a national plan - called Heritage Ireland 2030 - that will outline how our heritage will be managed, valued and protected over the next decade. Everyone interested in the future of our heritage is invited to participate in the public consultation.
This meetings will centre on three main questions, which anyone interested in attending should consider in advance. These are:
What, do you think, our heritage is?
Why is heritage important to you? (What interests you most about our heritage? How do you engage with it?)
What changes could take place to better protect and promote our heritage?
Anyone with an interest in the future of our heritage, and how we want to see our heritage passed onto future generations is invited to attend. Adults and children - of all ages, accompanied by an adult - are welcome.
Refreshments will be served, and photography and videography will take place at the event. In the interest of GDPR compliance, attendees who do not wish to be photographed or filmed should alert the organisers. The Heritage Council encourages attendees to travel to the meeting sustainably, and suggests car-sharing with other attendees from your locality.
Click here for further information and details of the application process.