I was delighted to launch the The European Year of Cultural Heritage in Ireland and the Heritage Council's online events calendar last month. This lists all the events and activities taking place in Ireland under the EYCH 2018 banner and will be updated with new events throughout the year.
The best way for local groups to get involved with the year is to submit their planned events that fit the theme 'Make a Connection' to the Heritage Council through the dedicated website EYCH2018.ie. Successful submissions will be granted the EYCH label, added to the online events calendar and promoted on social media.
Regarding available funding, the Heritage Council's Community Grant Scheme for this year has focused on the European Year of Cultural Heritage theme 'Make a Connection', with up to €750,000 to be allocated to voluntary and community groups to build heritage connections that will last beyond 2018. Applications for this Scheme closed earlier this month, and I look forward to announcing the successful projects with the Heritage Council in due course.
In addition, the Heritage Council is planning a special initiative, ‘Le Chéile san Eoraip’, to be coordinated with local authority heritage officers and community groups to research heritage links – literary, historical, craft, architectural, linguistic, etc. – between their community and a community in another European country.