A new initiative of Cainteoirí Chill Mhantáin in association with the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council and Wicklow Municipal District seeks to display the prevalence of the Irish language in Wicklow Town.
The Irish language is scattered all over Wicklow Town: it appears on road signs, historical sites and landmarks, shops and other buildings.
The project will highlight this often overlooked aspect of our heritage via an online photographic exhibition for Heritage Week and the organisers are seeking the public’s help to gather images.
To participate simply send photographs showing examples of the Irish language in Wicklow town today or indeed in times past.
Submissions received will be archived on Wicklow’s community heritage website, and a selection of those received by 7th August will be displayed as an online exhibition for Heritage Week 2020.
To submit images visit https://heritage.wicklowheritage.org and click on the “contribute” button, or alternatively email images as a jpeg to email@example.com with “Wicklow as Gaeilge” in the subject line.
Cainteoirí Chill Mhantáin is a voluntary Irish language group based in Wicklow Town whose aim is to promote the language through community classes and Irish language events. It is hoped that taking the time to notice and document the use of Irish all around us will give participants a greater awareness of, and connection with our Irish cultural heritage.
National Heritage Week takes place from 15th to 23rd August and is co-ordinated nationally by the Heritage Council. Communities and individuals in County Wicklow are invited to undertake projects that explore a topic associated with this year’s theme – “Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage” and to register these on www.heritageweek.ie
Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer with Wicklow County Council, said: “The focus has moved away this year from hosting physical events to showcasing heritage projects. The new approach is designed to promote the sharing of experience and knowledge and to complement the good heritage work happening in communities all over Wicklow. Projects can comprise researching an aspect of heritage on your doorstep, sharing or re-learning a heritage skill, or exploring an aspect of Ireland’s educational heritage.”
The results of projects can be presented in a format that can be shared widely, for example an online talk or exhibition, a video, podcast or oral history recordings, a PowerPoint presentation or newsletter.
The community heritage website www.wicklowheritage.org features the County Wicklow site and a network of associated mini sites that can be freely used by all to host and share their heritage projects.
For more on Heritage Week contact Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer with Wicklow County Council on firstname.lastname@example.org