Cover of National Heritage Week 2019 booklet: 100 ideas. Features old photo of children playing with toys.

The Heritage Council have announced the dates and theme for National Heritage Week 2019. 

From 17-25 August 2019 explore Pastimes and Past Times. Take a stroll through history and explore how our free time has evolved in often fascinating ways. Our pastimes today have been shaped by hundreds of years of storytelling, craft, sport and music. Trace the story from fireside audiences thrilled by ancient epics to online communities bonding over boxsets. See how traditional crafts are growing in popularity as a new generation discovers the joy of hand-making. Explore hurling’s long journey from Cú Chullainn to Croke Park. Learn how our modern music festivals have nothing on the hedonism of Donnybrook Fair in the 1800’s! Coordinated by the Heritage Council, National Heritage Week is Ireland’s most popular cultural event with half a million people expected to enjoy over 2,200 heritage events across Ireland. National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days which promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. During Heritage Week everyone will have the chance to connect with their heritage; to enjoy, appreciate and share it. New event organisers are welcome to get involved. Visit to browse event ideas, planning tips and more. Event registration will open on 1 May 2019. Find out more about being a part of National Heritage Week at and to see a full list of event ideas visit

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