Minister Joe O’Brien highlights the sustainability & biodiversity theme of National Heritage Week 2022

10th August, 2022

Green Party Minister Joe O’Brien welcomes National Heritage Week which kicks off this Saturday, where sustainability and biodiversity are the themes for 2022.

Over the course of the week there will be 1,300 events going ahead around the country, with lots of events happening in Fingal to celebrate our rich natural, built and cultural heritage.

Speaking about the week Minister O’Brien said:

This week is a great moment to stop and engage with our built heritage, our history, and the natural world all around us. Most of us don’t usually stop to think about some of the history and stories that make our towns and villages special. This is a great opportunity to do just that.  I am particularly delighted to see all the events planned for Fingal.  From experiencing a community excavation, to learning about Fingal’s Thatch Heritage, or visiting a Martello Tower to building a bug hotel.  There activities planned for all age groups to enjoy.

What is new about National Heritage Week this year is the emphasis on conserving what we have for future generations. That is so important.

Skills and traditions can be lost if we don’t work to pass them on.  Historic buildings can decay beyond repair if we don’t value and attend to them. Habitats can degrade if we allow human pressures to overwhelm them.

It doesn’t have to be like that. We can all play our part in noticing, caring for, and preserving the buildings, traditions, and places that make us who we are.

National Heritage Week is a moment to do just that, and I would encourage everyone to participate in the amazing events being put on right around the country.”

Some highlights from this year’s National Heritage Week programme in Fingal include:

  • The Programme in Fingal will open with the Launch of the Donabate Portrane Heritage Audit by Mayor of Fingal Cllr Howard Mahony at Stella’s Castle, Portrane on Saturday 13th from 2pm to 3pm;
  • Fingal’s Heritage Officer and archaeologist Christine Baker is undertaking another excavation at Drumanagh promontory fort from 17th – 20th August 10am – 4.30pm;
  • Fingal Libraries will host Heritage Workshops and Bee Workshops in partnership with the Rediscovery Centre for children where they can explore biodiversity and the amazing plants, animals and ecosystems around us through fun activities;
  • Fingal Heritage Network are hosting Heritage Night 2022 at St. Sylvester’s Parish Hall, Malahide on 17th of August from 7.15pm to 10.30pm;
  • Tour of the thatched houses of Skerries commencing from 9 Strand Street, Skerries on 20th of August from 10.30am – 11.30am;
  • Many more events in Fingal outlined on

Coordinated by the Heritage Council since 2005, National Heritage Week has become one of Ireland’s largest cultural events. It is supported by the Local Authority Heritage Officer network and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.