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Heritage Council consultation: Our Future, Your Say
Heritage Council offices, Kilkenny: 20th Feb 2018

The Heritage Council is currently putting together a five-year plan on heritage in Ireland and invited Comhairle members to have their say on its future. They asked the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) to collaborate with them in making sure that the voice of young people is heard and included in their Strategic Plan 2018-2022.

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs carried out a consultation with young people to find out about the aspects of heritage that appeal most to young people, how we encourage young people to engage more with their heritage and how best to communicate with young people about their heritage.  They discussed those questions under the following aspects of heritage:

  1. Historical Sites (buildings and monuments)
  2. Native flora & fauna (animals, insects, plants and trees)
  3. Heritage Events (festivals, heritage open days etc…)
  4. Heritage in secondary school
  5. Museum objects and artefacts
  6. Customs and Traditions

Their views will be presented to the Board of the Heritage Council and will be taken into account when drafting the Heritage Council’s ‘Valuing People & Place: Strategic Plan 2018-2022’.