18/03/16

Interim National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage

Brendan Wickham, Ned Wall and Mark Redmond performing in Liberty Hall in 2014allirelandhurling

In December 2015, following a Government Decision, Ireland ratified the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Convention will come into force for Ireland 3 months after ratification on 22nd March 2016.

As a first step, the Department convened an interim advisory group to advise on the implementation of the Convention in Ireland. This group, comprising of representatives from the Arts Council, the Heritage Council, together with the National Monuments Service and Arts Division of the Department met on 22 February, 2016 to provide initial advice on the drawing up of an interim National Inventory, as required by the Convention. This initial inventory has been prepared on an interim basis.

Following a recommendation of the advisory group, the Minister approved Uilleann Piping and Hurling for inclusion on the interim National Intangible Cultural Inventory. Both of the concerned organisations, Na Píobairí Uilleann and the GAA, have expressed an interest in having these elements of our national intangible cultural heritage inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage and are working with the Department to prepare applications for submission to UNESCO by 31st March, 2016.

Descriptions:

Date Reference Element
22nd February 2016 NIICH – 001 Uilleann Piping
22nd February  2016 NIICH – 002 Hurling

Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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