11/08/2014 Minister McHugh launches Co. Donegal Event Guide National Heritage Week

Minister McHugh launches Co. Donegal Event Guide National Heritage Week

from 23 to 31 August 2014



Monday 11 August 2014: Joe McHugh, T.D., Minster of State for Gaeltacht Affairs

will launch Co. Donegal Event Guide National Heritage Week – 23 – 31 August 2014

in the County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.


National Heritage Week provides a great opportunity for people to experience and engage with their built, cultural and natural heritage. County Donegal is one of the places to be in during National Heritage Week with over 90 events taking place throughout the county, over 20 of which are organised or hosted by Cultural Services, Donegal County Council. National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council & Local Authority Heritage Officers with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland.


Speaking at the launch Minister McHugh said “Our heritage plays such an important role in contributing to a local sense of place and to the distinctiveness of our country.  It is our communities – indeed our families – big and small – that are the custodians of our heritage and who will pass on our traditions and knowledge to the next generation. National Heritage Week is the perfect platform for families – of all ages – to come together to get involved in a wide range of activities as a family. Across the county people are working together to promote our heritage.  Each year during National Heritage Week we witness this wonderful example of collective effort.


“I know that the people of Donegal will participate in Heritage Week in large numbers again this year to support the numerous planned events, many of which are free. I encourage all families – all generations – to explore our heritage together. As we conclude today’s event, I would like to commend again the work of the local heritage groups and the owners of our heritage sites who are the true custodians of our heritage – I salute your unfaltering enthusiasm and dedication. Minister McHugh concluded.



Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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