A number of local events are being planned in Donegal this month as National Heritage Week approaches (starting August 23rd).

National Heritage Week is a celebration of our history, culture, and nature, while promoting the need to preserve local heritage.

Joseph Gallagher, Heritage Officer for Donegal County Council, said, "People should come along to 'Heritage Week' to enjoy and celebrate our cultural, built, and natural heritage. There are almost 100 'Heritage Week' events taking place in Co. Donegal including family open days, guide walks, built heritage open houses, heritage site visits, filedtrips, exhibitions, storytelling sessions, traditional music, craft fairs and traditional skills demonstrations, and much more."

The theme of this year's National Heritage Week is 'Generations Exploring Heritage Together', which was chosen to coincide with the United Nations' 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family.

"Heritage Week is very much a collaborative effort from the County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council, and the Heritage Council. The County Donegal 'Heritage Week' event guide produced by the County Donegal Heritage Office and the countrywide guide produced by The Heritage Council helps to publicise the events taking place around the county and across the country."

Mr. Gallagher continued, "Heritage Week continues to go from strength to strength from 20 events taking place in County Donegal in 2004 rising to about 100 events in 2014. Much of the Heritage Week lies with the many heritage organisations, museums, heritage centers, community groups, and individuals who organise events every year."

This year's National Heritage Week takes place from Saturday, August 23rd - Sunday, August 31st.

National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and Local Authority Heritage Officers with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht and Fáilte Ireland.

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