9.4 Cultural Heritage

Dúnta22 Nol, 2020, 9:00am - 12 Már, 2021, 5:00pm

​​​​​​9.4 Cultural Heritage  

Cultural heritage includes aspects of heritage such as traditions, practices, knowledge and skills which are an expression of our culture.  It is what communities today recognise as part of their cultural heritage.  Therefore, it is often called “living heritage”.  It also encompasses features of cultural heritage interest such as mass rocks, mass paths, civic memorials and plaques, rag trees and vernacular gates which are locally significant and add to the distinctive character and sense of place of an area.   In Kilkenny our cultural heritage includes oral history, placenames, fieldnames, folklore, local history and sport.

The 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is an international multilateral instrument intended to safeguard and raise the profile of intangible cultural heritage.  The National Inventory for Intangible Cultural Heritage[1], co-ordinated by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, aims to protect, promote and celebrate Irish living cultural heritage practices, customs, crafts and traditions.

The Council will preserve, protect and where necessary enhance, significant cultural heritage objects such as mass rocks, holy wells, and other significant cultural expressions and features that form part of the cultural heritage of the County.   The Council will support expressions of interest on aspects of Kilkenny’s cultural heritage to be included on the National Inventory for Intangible Cultural Heritage.


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