Heritage Week 2020

Seachtain na hOidhreachta 2020 i gContae an Longfoirt 

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2020 has proven to be an unusual and challenging year, that has affected so many people and events throughout the country. This year, instead of concentrating on events in a changing social situation, the Heritage Council invited individuals, community groups and heritage organisations to explore the theme of Learning through our heritage, and develop projects and submit them to heritageweek.ie 

Community groups and individuals from around County Longford have developed projects and videos for Heritage Week, looking as aspects of Longford’s education heritage as well as our cultural, built and natural heritage. 

Below are a selection of the videos were developed, that we will be showcasing on our social media sites, during Heritage Week. More events are coming on-stream after the 15th of August. We are encouraging people and groups to get involved and develop their own projects, which can be videos, Powerpoint presentations, photographic or art projects, anything you like. All projects submitted to www.heritageweek.ie before the 30th of August will be eligible to be entered in the National Heritage Week Competition.

Each day during Heritage Week we will be showcasing different projects on our channels:  Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Click here to download the revised timetable running from 20th August 2020, as a result of the Government's new regulations on gatherings in the ongoing containment of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Creative arts, glocal communities, & folklore engagement


This remarkable project was developed by Meadhbh Ni Bhradáigh and Sally McHugh, the daughter and granddaughter of Cáit Ni Bhrádaigh, a Longford schoolteacher who collected local folklore in the 1930s, a selection of which was published in the journal Béaloideas in 1936. This aim of this project was to increase the publics knowledge and engagement with local folklore, in particular Cáit's collection, which included some well known stories, as well as some less familiar tales and cures. 

Meadhbh and Sally invited people to interpret a selection of the folklore in a creative manner, using any medium they wanted. This resulted in creative responses such as art, writing, music and photography.

This got a truly global response, with pieces flowing in not just from Longford and Ireland, but England, Europe, Asia, Australia and the U.S.A.These pieces have been shared on their website folklorelongford.com 

I rith Seachtain na hOidhreachta/ During Heritage Week:

We will be showcasing this website and pieces from the site, on Saturday 15th on the Longford Heritage & Archives Facebook page. 

Website: folklorelongford.com

Facebook: facebook.com/Lockdown-Longford-Lore-100103201790286/

Twitter: twitter.com/LockdownLore