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The LEAP Project in Easky presented with Hidden Heritage Award

The LEAP Project in Easky, Sligo was yesterday presented with the Hidden Heritage Award by Minister Heather Humphreys at the Heritage Council’s Heritage Awards Ceremony. The Awards recognise the fantastic work of the heritage community in Ireland and showcasing the best of National Heritage Week.

Presenting the Heritage Awards, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, said “I would like to congratulate each of the heritage projects receiving awards today. The individuals, professionals and community groups, many of whom are volunteers, who work tirelessly to protect and preserve our heritage, are the backbone of the heritage sector. As someone who was a member of my own local heritage group I understand the great fulfilment you can achieve by being involved in heritage, but I also understand the huge amount of commitment required. It’s great to see that commitment recognised for so many heritage organisations here today.”

Speaking at the ceremony, Michael Starrett Heritage Council CEO said, “the common theme among all those being recognised here today is one of dedication to the conservation, protection and promotion of local heritage and community. Through the fantastic platform of National Heritage Week the public has had the opportunity to engage with a range of diverse and unique projects, making heritage accessible to all”.

A total of nine awards were also presented to Heritage Week projects.  The Hidden Heritage Award Category shines a light on Ireland’s hidden heritage and was open to event organisers who successfully explored lesser known aspects of Ireland’s heritage during Heritage Week.

The LEAP Project in Co. Sligo was presented with the Hidden Heritage Award for their event, The Bucks & The Thrashers, which brought history to life with a street theatre re-enactment of the fued between Thomas Fenton of Castletown Easkey and Major John Hillas of Donecoy in 1816. Scenes of the duel took place along the Easkey river, the subsequent court case was staged in Easkey’s Historical Courthouse followed by a wake that spilled out into the main street.  The Heritage Council was impressed by the attention to detail and imagination shown in staging this event which brought both the community and the diaspora together to engage with a lesser known story in their shared history.


Heritage Hero Award

Winner                -      Matthew Farrell, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford

Runners up         -      Leslie Crawford, Monaghan Town, Co. Monaghan   

                         -      Alan Martin, Dublin Dock Workers Society, Dublin

                         -      Dr Mark Clinton, Archaeologist, Co. Dublin


Hidden Heritage Award

Winner                -      The Bucks & the Thrashers by The LEAP Project in Easkey Co. Sligo

Runners up         -       Dungarvan Shopfront Heritage Trail in Co. Waterford

                         -       Queer Republic of Cork by Cork LGBT Archive

Reaching Out Award

Winner                -      The War before the Great War by The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portuma,
                                 Co. Galway

Runners up         -       John Saul Horticulturalist from Castlemartyr to the White House by
                                 The  Castlemartyr John Saul Appreciation Society in Co. Cork

                         -       Tunnel Vision: Going Underground by Casino Marino OPW

Cool for Kids Award

Winner                -       Footsteps in the Forest by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council
                                  and Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership in Co. Armagh

Runners up         -       Discovering Biodiversity in a Community Garden by Global Action Plan
                                 Ireland in Ballymun, Dublin 11

                         -      Stick Sunday by Down to Earth Forest School in Knocknacarra, Co. Galway