17/09/19

Ireland’s most treasured cultural heritage will take centre stage at the Ploughing

This week Ireland’s National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage will be participating in the National Ploughing Championships in Ballintrane, County Carlow.

Launched in July by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan TD, Ireland’s National Inventory exists to promote, protect and celebrate living cultural heritage practices throughout Ireland. It provides official State recognition of cultural practices all around Ireland.

Cultural groups with practices on the National Inventory will be active in the ‘Visit: Heritage and Culture’ tent (457) throughout the event. Highlights include:

  • Sit-down demonstrations of Irish crochet lacemaking,
  • Mountmellick embroidery,
  • Carrickmacross lacemaking
  • Practical demonstrations of dry stone wall building
  • Traditional tinsmithing
  • Talks on floating heritage
  • Snap net fishing
  • Sheepdog training.

The development of the National Inventory of Ireland’s Intangible Cultural Heritage is an integral part of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s work under the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which requires signatory States to recognise, protect and promote the living cultural heritage of their countries.

More information about all the practices on Ireland’s National Inventory, including how to submit new items for recognition, can be found at https://nationalinventoryich.chg.gov.ie, and the project can be contacted at nationalich@chg.gov.ie.

The Minister had previously said:

‘It is wonderful to see such a variety of customs and traditions from all over the country being acknowledged here today. Each of these threads in the cultural tapestry of our lives makes us richer as individuals and as a country. None of this would be possible without the work of committed volunteers all around the country, whose involvement in their communities’ cultural practices and heritage traditions have sustained them over the generations.  I am delighted to honour those customs, practices and traditions through official State recognition on the National Inventory.

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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