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Heritage Week takes place from 13th to 21st August. Click the link below to see the wide range of free events taking place across Leitrim:

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Leitrim Larks Project


Leitrim chair workshop

Bio training


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Take Part in National Heritage Week

National Heritage Week 2021 (14th-22nd August 2021) will follow the same format as last year, where local heritage groups and organisers, families and communities are invited to develop projects which can be showcased on line. There is no subject-specific theme for National Heritage Week 2021; instead, the focus is on getting as many people to enjoy heritage as possible.

If you have a heritage project that you’ve been working on recently or a previous project that you would like to showcase we would love it to form part of National Heritage Week where projects will be displayed on Accepted formats for showcasing vary from online talks or exhibitions, to a video, podcast, slideshow presentation or blog, to media coverage, a dedicated website or moderated social media account, or by means of small, in-person events, which comply with official public health advice. A suite of resources to support project development will be available on as well as a series of webinars which will run in June, presented by the Heritage Council.



To celebrate Heritage Week (15th - 23rd August) we are launching a series of Leitrim Heritage themed videos on Youtube and a Podcast series under the banner of 'Connecting Through Heritage'.
Both the podcast series and the youtube series explore the cultural, built and natural heritage of Leitrim. Please see the links below to access them. I hope you enjoy.

Leitrim Heritage Youtube Series
Our Connecting Through Heritage Youtube series is kicked off by Ricky Whelan and Annie Birtwhistle exploring the lifestyle of the iconic swift, and why they choose to spend part of their year nesting in towns and villages across the county. Sean Meehan talks us through the different species of bats in the area and what this means for the environment. With a focus on the land, Dr Robert Meehan explores the geological heritage of our county with Dr Kieran O'Conor stepping further back into the past to talk about the archaeology of Leitrim's Medieval Settlement. Tommy Earley brings us back to the future by explaining the nuances of organic farming on the shore of Lough Allen. And the quirky tradition of Mummers and Wrens gets a good dusting down with Edwina Guckian. Access videos here.

Leitrim Heritage Podcast
Our podcast series highlights much of Leitrim's natural, built and cultural heritage from the people who know most about it. We'll hear stories about potato planting and traditional farming methods; an overview of ecology and conservation; discussion on what sets Leitrim's singing and fiddle music apart from other counties and take the chat right back to Leitrim's prehistoric archaeology - all from a range of experts and local people passionate about heritage. Access podcast here.

Thank you to all the heritage experts who took part in both the podcast and video series.

'Connecting Through Heritage' is a Leitrim County Council Heritage Project which is funded by the Heritage Council.


View this years Heritage Week projects that have been submitted from individuals, community groups and organisations from Leitrim here.


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Heritage Week 2020 Call Out for Projects

The Heritage Council have announced plans for a modified National Heritage Week this year, which takes into account ongoing restrictions on events and gatherings due to COVID-19.

Rather than focusing on the organisation of in-person public events, local heritage groups and organisers, families and communities are being invited to develop projects around this year's theme of 'Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage'. Coordinated by the Heritage Council since 2005, National Heritage Week has become one of Ireland's largest cultural events, and will run this year from Saturday, 15th - Sunday, 23rd August.

The new approach is designed to promote the sharing of experience and knowledge. Expressions of interest and project ideas should be submitted to, and be carried out throughout June and July. Projects should be completed in time for National Heritage Week when they will be showcased. Accepted formats for showcasing may vary from online talks or exhibitions, to a video, podcast, slideshow presentation or blog, to media coverage, a dedicated website or moderated social media account, or by means of small, restricted social gatherings, which comply with official public health advice. All projects submitted will be considered for a Heritage Week Award.

Short video on this year's new approach to Heritage Week: "National Heritage Week 2020: What's different this year?"




Play your part inLeitrim's Garden BioBlitzduring Biodiversity Week (22nd to 31st May 2020)



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Help us Harness Leitrim's Oral History



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Leitrim Draft Heritage Plan 2020-2025 - Public Consultation
Leitrim County Council and the Leitrim Heritage Forum have prepared a Draft Heritage Plan 2020-2025 and are looking for your views.

This plan sets out the priorities for Heritage in Leitrim over the next 6 years and is a commitment by Leitrim County Council to promote and protect Leitrim’s heritage.

In conjunction with the Heritage Forum, the draft heritage plan was informed by an extensive public consultation entitled ‘What’s Your Leitrim Heritage?’, which was held over a six week period (25th Feb 2019 to 20th April 2019) and included an on-line survey, information sessions and a radio campaign. A total of 124 submissions were received from members of the public and these submissions have informed this draft heritage plan. We are now inviting your comments on the draft heritage plan.

Please see the links below to both the Irish and English versions of the draft Heritage Plan:

Draft Leitrim Heritage Plan 2020 - 2025

Draft Leitrim Heritage Plan 2020 - 2025 - Gaeilge

A paper copy of the draft plan is available for review at The Planning Office, Áras an Chontae, Leitrim County Council, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim and at the following three libraries: Manorhamilton, Ballinamore and Carrick on Shannon.

Have your say
Post your comments to: Leitrim County Heritage Plan Submission, C/o Sarah Malone, Heritage Officer, Áras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
E-mail your comments to

Closing date for submissions of comments on the draft heritage plan is 12th February 2020.

Announcement of the Historic Structures Fund 2020 and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020

Leitrim County Council wishes to invite applications under both the Historic Structures Fund and the BuiltHeritage Investment Scheme, as operated by the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht.

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020: This scheme is designed to assist with the repair and conservation of structures that are protected under the Planning and Development Acts. In certain cases, the scheme also supports the conservation of structures within Architectural Conservation Areas (ACAs) where, in the opinion of the local authority, a need for works to enhance the character and appearance of an ACA has been demonstrated. The primary purpose of the scheme is to support privately owned properties in need of repair and conservation.

For more information on the Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020 and application form please see the link:

Historic Structures Fund 2020 : The core aims of this fund are to enable larger scale conservation works to be carried out on heritage structures which are deemed to be significant and in need of urgent support; to encourage the regeneration and reuse of heritage properties and to help to secure the preservation of protected structures and/or historic-culturally significant assets;  to support the investment of private capital in labour-intensive projects to conserve historic structures in public and private ownership for community use. 

For more information on the Historic Structures Fund 2020 and application form please see the link:

FREE Spooky Halloween Biodiversity Event for Families

Saturday 26th October 2019, 4pm - 7pm at the Waterfront Park, Carrick-on-Shannon

Weather permitting we will do a bug and insect hunt at the Waterfront Park and then go up to the Bush Hotel to do Halloween crafts and games.

Wear Spooky Costume! Refreshments will be provided.

Limited places, please email Sarah at to book your free place.

Halloween Event

Gardening for Biodiversity Workshops – August and September 2019

We have three FREE Gardening for Biodiversity Workshops taking place in Manorhamilton, Ballinamore and Carrick-on-Shannon. 

Learn how to garden for our pollinators, wild flower gardening and going peatfree and garden composting. And much more!

Workshop Details:

Saturday 24th August. Time: 10am - 1pm. Venue: Bee Centre, Manorhamilton

Saturday 7th September. Time: 10am - 1pm. Venue: Sports Complex, Ballinamore

Saturday 14th September. Time: 10am - 1pm. Venue: Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon

Workshops are free to attend but spaces are limited. To book your place please email

Free Biodiversity Workshops and Events - August and September 2019

We have an exciting Biodiversity project taking place in Carrick-on-Shannon throughout August and September which will include biodiversity themed workshops and events, including family events.

Its free to take part. Please see the event details below.

If you would like to take part in any of the events please email to book your place.

Carrick Biodiversity Events

Celebrate Heritage Pastimes during National Heritage Week

Heritage Week is taking place between 17th August to 25th August. Throughout Leitrim organisations and local community groups have organised a brilliant mix of FREE events for all age groups and interests.

National Heritage Week is a celebration of Ireland's built, natural and cultural heritage and aims to generate awareness, appreciation and preservation of our wonderful resources. This year the chosen theme for Heritage Week is the celebration of Pastimes and Past Times. Events will encourage participants to take a stroll through history and explore the unique ways in which we choose to spend our free time and how this has evolved throughout the years.

Over 30 events will take place across the county and range from events exploring Leitrim’s historic shops and shopfronts taking place in both Carrick-on-Shannon and Dromahair, to Bee-Keeping events taking place in both Manorhamilton and Carrick-on-Shannon to historical Irish traditional music events taking place in both Ballinamore and Parke’s Castle.

Heritage Week event listings are available at and a printed guide will be available at tourist offices, Local Authority offices, OPW sites and Libraries, so get your copy and support the many excellent events being organised throughout the County.

Start planning your National Heritage Week today!

Heritage Week 2019

The Heritage in Schools Scheme - now recruiting!

The Heritage in Schools Scheme is an outdoor education programme for primary school children operated by the Heritage Council. The Scheme is unique in Ireland and provides a diverse panel of Heritage Specialists who work directly with children in primary schools throughout the country. It is leading the way in promoting outdoor education and encouraging children to engage directly with the natural and cultural heritage that surrounds them.

The current Panel will be reviewed at the end of 2019 and we expect to invite an additional 30-40 Specialists to join the Scheme and fill existing gaps.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 23rd August 2019 @ 5pm with interviews expected to take place early in October.

For more information and details of how to apply for a place on the scheme please see the link below:



Saving Swifts

A new book to help communities save their swifts has been launched by BirdWatch Ireland and local authority Heritage Officers.

Swifts are an iconic summer visitor to Ireland, arriving in early May following a long migration from southern Africa.  Slightly larger than a swallow they are a ‘site faithful’ bird, returning generation after generation to buildings in towns and villages throughout Ireland to nest and raise young. Like many of our wild species however, Swifts are increasingly threatened through loss of nest sites and have suffered an alarming 40% population decline in the past decade.  Problems arise when buildings are renovated or torn down removing the Swifts nest sites and sometimes huge nesting colonies can be lost overnight.  The good news is that there are many practical steps that we can all take to make a difference.

Please follow the link to view the ‘Saving Swifts’ guide: Saving Swifts


Leitrim Heritage Week Event Community Assistance 2019

Leitrim County Council are offering assistance to Community and Voluntary Organisations in Leitrim to organise and host Heritage Week events, which will increase awareness of the Cultural, Natural and Built Heritage of County Leitrim.

This scheme will fund a Heritage Expert to assist in the delivery of a Heritage Week event or Venue Hire to host a Heritage Week Event. The maximum assistance offered per event will be €250.

Closing date: Applications should be submitted no later than 12 noon on Thursday 23rd April 2019.

Please see the Guidance document and short application form below:

Leitrim Heritage Week Community Assistance Guidance

Leitrim Heritage Week Community Assistance Application Form

Heritage Week 2019 takes place from 17th – 25th August, see for more information.

What’s Your Leitrim Heritage? Survey - SURVEY NOW CLOSED

What aspects of Leitrim’s Heritage do you value and want to see celebrated and conserved?

Leitrim County Council wants to know What’s Your Leitrim Heritage? The information gathered in the survey will feed into the new Leitrim Heritage Plan, which will set out the priority Heritage actions in Leitrim to be implemented over the next five years. 

Have your say by clicking here to complete the survey.

Survey closing date: 10th April 2019



Applications are now open for Adopt a Monument 2019.

Is there a much loved monument in your area that you would like to learn more about? The Heritage Council are seeking applications from community groups across Ireland for their Adopt a Monument scheme.

The scheme is a way of bringing monuments into the heart of your community. Our heritage is rich and diverse so a monument can be anything including ringforts, lime kilns, sites associated with the travelling community, or modern sites. 

For communities, the Adopt a Monument Scheme offers a way of promoting pride in our monuments. It also offers opportunities to develop and understand the story of your locality and to work collaboratively together. From mentoring and training to assistance with funding applications and community events, the Heritage Council works in partnership to help to develop a deeper understanding of the monument and its place in the landscape and the team work with the communities to create and implement bespoke plans for each monument.

Application forms (see link below to webpage) must be submitted to: by 28th February 2019



National Heritage Week

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

National Heritage Week 2019

17-25 August 2019

Pastimes | Past Times

If you are thinking about hosting a Heritage Week event next year please see the brilliant 100 Event Ideas Booklet for some event inspiration.

Event registration will open on 1 May 2019.

Find out more about being a part of National Heritage Week at


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