Published on Wednesday 27 July 2011 10:45
KILKENNY is gearing up to be the front runner in the number of events being planned for the increasingly popular Heritage Week, running from Saturday August 20 to Sunday, August 28.
And with such an undertaking, the Heritage Council have issued a call for volunteers to come forward and be County Ambassadors for Kilkenny.
Ireland’s heritage is a key attraction for overseas visitors each year and there is an opportunity to engage with tourists while they are here on holidays. The Heritage Council County Ambassador Volunteer Programme will recruit volunteers to become County Ambassadors, located in the local Tourism Information Office throughout National Heritage Week. Their role will be to provide tourists with information on what is happening in the local area as part of the week. Training and support will be provided by the Council and Fáilte Ireland to all volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a County Kilkenny Ambassador for the week, log on to www.heritageweek.ie
Recently, Minister of State Jimmy Deenihan met with the various Heritage Officers from the County Councils in Killarney and Kilkenny’s own Dearbhla Ledwidge was in attendance.
The Minister specifically mentioned Kilkenny as a good example of a city that had retained its heritage and character”, said Dearbhala Ledwidge.
When the Heritage Council first took over the running of National Heritage Week in 2005 there were just 500 events taking place during the week. Today the week is over double the size and this is a direct result of the increasing levels of community involvement we are seeing nationwide, in particular among volunteer groups. Last year, over 370,000 people attended events throughout the week, with over 1300 events already registered for 2011 we expect this year to be the biggest National Heritage Week to date”.
This year will see the old Irish tradition of storytelling being celebrated as the first day of National Heritage Week (Saturday 20th August) designated National Tell Tale Day. Whilst Heritage Week in itself tells the rich and diverse story of our Heritage over 100 specific storytelling themed events for children and adults will take place across the country during the week.