National Heritage Week Awards 2015 (June 2016)

On behalf of WIHHS Chairman Dr Michael Liam Gorry and fellow committee members Andrew Garvey-Williams and John Hegarty attended the Heritage Council Awards 2015 ceremony in Kilkenny to receive the ‘Cool for Kids’ award for our kids event during last year’s National Heritage Week. Well done to all who contributed and so pleased to receive this national recognition. There were over 160 entries in our category!


Conference room in the Bishop’s Palace/Heritage Council HQ


Introduction to the awards by Conor Newman, Charirman of the Heritage Council Board


Our chairman presents an overview of our award winning kids project from 2015’s heritage week


Michael L, Andrew and John receive the ‘Cool for Kids’ Heritage Award 2015 from Conor Newman, Charirman of the Heritage Council BoardIMG_7726IMG_7727

Our amazing new award!


A very proud chairman


We also got an engraved glass award!

Thanks to everyone who attended our various 2015 National Heritage Week events, we couldn’t keep going without the support of our amazing members and the general public who donate so generously and who never fail to attend our events throughout the year. THANK YOU ALL!

Congratulation notices:

Joe Gallagher (Donegal Heritage Officer): ‘Just a note to congratulate the West Inishowen History & Heritage Society on its success in winning the ‘Cool for Kids’ National Heritage Week Event Award for the family fun day in Buncrana as part of Heritage Week […]. It’s great that another County Donegal-based heritage organisation has scooped one of the national awards this year […]. Please pass on my congratulations to all those involved! Your members will know more than anyone the amount of commitment and effort from the local community that goes into making these Heritage Week events a success so enjoy your success’

The Heritage Council: ‘[Cool for Kids Award] The Cool for Kids Award celebrates great family events. This award was open to event organisers who encouraged children and families to participate in National Heritage Week. Cool for Kids Award Winner – The West Inishowen History and Heritage Society Family Fun Day.

The West Inishowen History and Heritage Society helped children and families to engage with their local history and heritage in fun and interactive ways and included an archaeology dig with a local archaeologist, weaving cloth, writing with a quill pen and dressing up in Viking costume.’

Thank you for reading.
WIH&HS Committee

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[Photos by Andrew Garvey-Williams]

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