Minister English encourages Meath public to avail of Heritage Week opportunities, including Agher Church

Agher, Heritage, Meath, Transport, Trim

Monday, 15th August 2016

“I want to highlight the importance of Heritage Week to the ongoing
cultural, heritage, tourism and recreational life of Meath, and urge
people to support its many free events this August. I also want to
commend the many volunteers, local community and parish organisations
as well as private and public sector sponsors involved in making it
happen” local Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal and Fine Gael
T.D. for Meath West Damien English has said. You can download a full
guide to Meath Heritage Week 2016 events on www.heritageweek.ie

“In particular I want to highlight the Heritage Week open days at
Agher Church. The Irish Georgian Society fundraised for the
conservation of the Thomas Jervais window at Agher – and it is due to
be reinstalled in Agher Church presently. With these two open days
both locals and visitors to the area will have a rare opportunity to
visit the church to see this wonderful, rare example of enamelled 18th
century stained glass, as well as view Agher Church which is an
important part of the local community in the wider Agher/Summerhill
area” stated Minister English.

“In early 2015 I was delighted to hear from Minister for Arts,
Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys that Agher Church was
one of 28 heritage structures across the country that would benefit
from the Structures at Risk Fund 2015. Agher Church received €15,000.
At the time I highlighted that the preservation of heritage structures
like Agher Church was very important for our pride of place. The then
Chairman of Trim Municipal Council, local Cllr. Joe Fox, joined me in
welcoming this funding in 2015, and also urges support for the open
days this August” concluded Minister English.

Notes to Editor:

The open days will be:
21st August, 3.00pm to 6.00pm

Songs of Praise & Open Afternoon at Agher Church
24th August, 12.00pm to 5.00pm

Minister English urges public to support National Heritage Week

Heritage, Tourism

Some 60 plus local events organised including walk, talks, tours, exhibitions and concerts

I encourage the general public to support the approximately 60 plus local events inMeath to mark National Heritage Week which takes place from the 22nd to the 30th of August 2015.

The programme for Meath, which lists over 60 events locally, is a tribute to the hard work of Meath County Council, countless local community and voluntary groups, local historians, local tour guides, the Heritage Council and the OPW. The best way to thank these people for their work is to check out the extensive programme of events. There is something interesting and worthy of support in every corner of Meath.

As we work to develop our tourism offering in Co. Meath, and place ourselves firmly on the map for this growing industry, it is important for all us to be familiar with what our County has to offer from a heritage, historic and cultural perspective. We have a lot to offer, and we need to keep highlighting that. The excellent programme of local events for National Heritage Week re-inforces and compliments our local offering, and I am happy to endorse it.

For more information go to http://www.heritageweek.ie