Glendalough Scoops County National Heritage Week Award

The  National Heritage Week awards took place on 20th October 2020.  Hosted by the Heritage Council, the event took place virtually and was presented by RTÉ broadcaster, Anne Cassin.

To take account of restrictions on gatherings due to COVID-19, rather than focusing on the organisation of in-person events this year, more than 770 heritage groups and enthusiasts developed projects around this year’s theme of ‘Heritage and Education: Learning from our Heritage’. Comprising online talks and exhibitions, videos, podcasts, slideshow presentations, blogs, websites, social media accounts, as well as small, restricted social gatherings, more than 850 projects were submitted. Each one was considered for a National Heritage Week Award.

The National Heritage Week Awards were expanded this year to include an award for the best project in each county across the island. Projects were assessed on the basis of their local reach and community engagement, educational value and the level to which they involved different age groups.

We are delighted to announce that Glendalough Heritage Forum (part of our iCAN network of community heritage sites) won the county award for the series of short films produced for Heritage Week 2020.  The films were beautifully produced by Bailey & Blake Film productions and made possible through the enthusiasm of forum members and  through funding from The Heritage Council and Wicklow County Council through the County Wicklow Heritage Plan


Watch the videos below


The Spirit of Glendalough
The Spirit of Glendalough is what has drawn pilgrims and visitors to this valley for over a thousand years. This film looks at what spiritual and physical elements this mystical valley holds for the thousands of people that visit every day.
Glendalough: The Forum
This short film explores how the forum brought together many stakeholders involved the area and led to some interesting outputs that are furthering the understanding of this historic graveyard, monastic complex and valley community.
Uncovering the Past
The School of Archaeology in UCD have been conducting archaeological research excavations in the Glendalough Valley for many years. In this short film we look at the aims, finds and knowledge gained from these digs.

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