20/08/2011 ‘Your History, Your Culture, Your Nature’ / Do Stair, Do Chultúr, Do Nádúr Féin’.
Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht launched the Kerry Heritage week of activities in the Seanchaí Literary and Cultural Centre, Listowel this evening ( Saturday 20th August, 2011). This is the 21st year of National Heritage Week with over 1,400 events taking place across the country.
Kerry Heritage Week is part of the National Heritage Week (20th-28th August), which is co-ordinated by The Heritage Council. The Seanchaí Centre event has been jointly organised by North & East Kerry Development (NEKD) and the Heritage Office of Kerry County Council. The event is one of some 60 events taking place in Kerry during the nine days and, as such, is open to the public.
Speaking at the launch Minister Deenihan said: “The importance of celebrating and appreciating our heritage cannot be overstated. Our heritage is our birthright – or ‘dúchas.’ It plays a significant role in our lives, it connects us to the past and our ancestors, helps us define our roots and identity and anchors our history.
Tá an Ghaeilge an-tábhachtach freisin – is páirt í dár gcuid oidhreachta. Molaim daoibh páirt a ghlacadh chun í a chaomhnú. Our Irish language is a special part of our culture – it is part of what we are, what makes us distinctive from others in Europe and beyond. If for some reason you can’t make it to any National Heritage Week event this week, you can simply focus on speaking a little more Irish at home or at work or wherever the opportunity presents”
The ‘Building Stories’ art exhibition in the Seanchaí centre will show the rich built heritage of County Kerry and will include work by a wide range of artists. In line with Heritage Week 2011’s theme of story-telling, each piece of work will be mounted alongside its story as described by its author. The exhibition will then move to Kenmare where it will be in place for two weeks.
“As Minister at the Department of Heritage, I am very pleased to be involved in supporting the initiative. This year’s theme “Your History, Your Culture, Your Nature” neatly captures the different strands and diversity of our heritage and hopefully engages a very wide audience to participate.”