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National Heritage Week Event Award Winners 2014

The National Heritage Week Event Awards are hosted by the Heritage Council, in recognition of those who organized events during Heritage Week, which took place from 17th  — 25th  August.  In 2014, over 981 event organisations and individuals organized events nationwide, an increase of 4 % on 2013. 14 % of event organisers were taking part for the first time in 2014, with 29% being involved in the week for over five years. 52% of event organisers produced one event during the week, with 48% organizing two or more events.
 
When presented with their awards, the event organisers spoke of the enormous fun they had being involved in Heritage Week and how much support they  received locally for their event. Speaking about the winners, Michael Starrett, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council said, “The people and groups that organize events throughout Heritage Week are to be commended, the week would not be the success it is today without them. It is their creativity, unwavered commitment to promoting and engaging with our heritage, and the pride they have in their project which makes each of the events so unique. Congratulations to all who took part in the week, and in particular to those that have been recognised through the Event Organiser Awards, it is a fantastic achievement.
 
For those wishing to get involved next year, planning is already underway for National Heritage Week 2015, which takes place from 22nd — 30th August 2015. Keep an eye on www.heritageweek.ie for updates”
, added Mr. Starrett.

Boat Trip & Guided Tour of Loughadoon & Doon Fort wins the ‘Best Community Award & Best Overall Event'

Pictured (L-R) are Conor Newman, Chairman of the Heritage Council with Malachy Mahon, Tor Mór Cultural Tourism Committee / Kilclooney Dolmen Centre who were announced winner of "Best Overall Event" and "Best Event Organised by a Community Group" for their Boat Trip and Guided Tour of Loughadoon and Doon Fort at Kilclooney, Co Donegal at the Heritage Week Event Awards 2014, Patrick McLoone, Tor Mór Cultural Tourism Committee, Paula Harvey, Tor Mór Cultural Tourism Committee, Ann Phelan TD, Minister of State for Rural Affairs at the Department of Agriculture , Food and the Marine, Sarah McLoone, Tor Mór Cultural Tourism Committee, Brenda Mahon, Tor Mór Cultural Tourism Committee and Conor Whyte, Tor Mór Cultural Tourism Committee.

Tór Mór Cultural and Tourism Committee has won the award for the ‘Best Community Award and Best Overall Event’ in the 2014 National Heritage Week Event Organiser Awards for their event, Boat Trip & Guided Tour of Loughadoon & Doon Fort.

The judging committee identified Boat Trip & Guided Tour of Loughadoon & Doon Fort as the clear winner of the 'Best Community Award and Best Overall Event'. "The event was organised to highlight the unique archaeological, cultural, historical and wildlife setting of Doon Fort, which is part of the series of monuments known as 'Western Stone Forts'. Loughadoon and its environs have been described as the 'Jewel in Donegal's Crown' — a veritable paradise of medieval archaeology, folklore, mythology, romantic history, wildlife, flora and fauna".

Rock Detectives Club wins award for 'Best Kids Event'

Pictured (L-R) are Conor Newman, Chairman of the Heritage Council with Kirstin Lemon, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Fermanagh who were announced winner of the "Best Childrens Event" at the Heritage Week Event Awards 2014, Ann Phelan TD, Minister of State for Rural Affairs at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Una Collier, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. (NO REPRO FEE).

Ášna Collier and Border Uplands Project/Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, Enniskillan, Co. Fermanagh has won the award for the ‘Best Kids Event’ in the 2014 National Heritage Week Event Organiser Awards for their event, Rock Detectives Club.
 
The judging committee identified Rock Detectives Club as the clear winner of the Best Kid’s Event. “The Rock Detective Clubs brought children and their parents to discover places that are rich in geological, archaeological and cultural heritage. A key objective of the Rock Detective Club programme is to promote, strengthen and stimulate interest and pride in the unique heritage and culture of the region. The Rock Detective Clubs set out to explain how the geology and archaeology of the region can inform us about the evolution of the earth to how the landscape that we can see today was formed."

Unearthing Freshfords Forgotten History event wins award for ‘Best Event Organised in Conjunction with a Local Authority’

Pictured (L-R) are Conor Newman, Chairman of the Heritage Council with Dearbhla Ledwidge, Kilkenny County Council Heritage Officer / Freshford Graveyard Recording Group who were announced winner of "Best Event in Conjunction with Local Authority", at the Heritage Week Event Awards 2014 for recording, mapping and photographing over 270 headstones in St. Lachtain’s graveyard in Freshford, Co Kilkenny, Paddy Moriarty, Freshford Graveyard Recording Group, Ann Phelan TD, Minister of State for Rural Affairs at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Cormack, Freshford Graveyard Recording Group, Tom Doheny, Freshford Graveyard Recording Group and Eva Holmes, Freshford Graveyard Recording Group.

Freshford Old Graveyard Recording Group has won the award for the Best Event Organised in Conjunction with a Local Authority, in the 2014 National Heritage Week Event Organiser Awards for their event, Unearthing Freshfords Forgotten History.
 
The judging committee identified Unearthing Freshfords Forgotten History, led by Michael Cormack as the clear winner of the Best Event Run in Conjunction with a Local Authority.  “People worldwide, who trace their ancestors to Freshford, have access to the memorial record online. For the first time a record has been published of 135 people interred in the cemetery in graves without a memorial or marker. From a heritage point of view a new source has been added to the parish history archive with the publication of the book of memorials. The inscriptions on the memorials have now been preserved for study by future generations”.

‘Toy Soldiers-WW1 Diorama’ wins award for Most Innovative Event

"Most Innovative Event" for their Word War 1 Toy Soldiers Diorama from the Jackie Clarke Collection, at the Heritage Week Event Awards 2014, Linda Hegarty, Teacher Facilitator of the Jackie Clarke Collection, Ann Phelan TD, Minister of State for Rural Affairs at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Siobhan Leonard, Collection Teacher Advisory Group, Jackie Clarke Collection.

The Jackie Clarke Collection has won the award for the Most Innovative Event in the 2014 National Heritage Week Event Organiser Awards for their event, ‘Toy Soldiers-WWI Diorama’.

The judging committee identified ‘Toy Soldiers-WWI Diorama’ as the clear winner of the Most Innovative Event. “The main objective of our event was to host ‘living history’ experience for children. A World War 1 battlefield Diorama was at the central focus, a miniature recreation of a surprise German attack on British trenches using a British Mark IV tank. In conjunction with this, the Teacher Facilitators at the Jackie Clarke Collection prepared and facilitated a number of curriculum based activities centred on the events of 100 years ago. These activities were designed to actively engage primary school children in learning about WW1. Activities included a brief presentation with an introduction to the war using films and images showing the impact on the life of the soldiers who participated.”

AT Irish Wake wins award for ‘Most Interactive Event’

Pictured (L-R) are Conor Newman, Chairman of the Heritage Council with Mary Flynn, from Nell's Farmhouse, Rathgormack, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Waterford who were announced winner of "Best Interactive Event", at the Heritage Week Event Awards 2014 for their Traditional Irish Wake Re-enactment, Ann Phelan TD, Minister of State for Rural Affairs at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Gerard Flynn, Nell's Farmhouse.

Mary Flynn of Nell’s Farm House has won the award for the Most Interactive Event in the 2014 National Heritage Week Event Organiser Awards for their event, Traditional Irish Wake.

The judging committee identified Traditional Irish Wake as the clear winner of the Most Interactive Event. “The wake was commonplace up until the 1970's when the funeral parlour took its place. It was a time for family to come together and grieve and remember their loved one. This being the 20th anniversary of the UN Year of the Family the wake was a central part of family life and its customs, practices and traditions are part of our heritage.”