Project Involving Tralee Pupils Wins National Heritage Week 2021 Award

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Claudia Kohler of Kerry County Museum accepts the ‘Wild Child Award’ on behalf of the ‘Explore Your Local Heritage’ project.

A COLLABORATIVE project involving primary schoolchildren in Tralee and around Kerry was a winner in the National Heritage Week 2021 Awards announced on Wednesday.

‘Explore Your Local Heritage’, organised by the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Kerry County Museum and Kerry County Council won the ‘Wild Child Award’ category.

This is awarded to a National Heritage Week project which successfully encourages children and families to drop the devices, jump off the couch and get outdoors for and explore the heritage in their locality.

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In autumn 2020, primary schools in Kerry were invited to explore their local heritage and share their discoveries. They asked pupils and teachers to take their school building as the focal point and research the hidden history and heritage of their locality.

Eleven schools participated and nine — including Blennerville NS, Moyderwell Mercy, Presentation Primary, Spa NS, Caherleaheen NS, Ballyfinane NS, Glenbeigh NS, Glenderry NS and Kilcummin NS — submitted their projects in May.

The project was supported by The Education Centre Tralee and the Heritage in School initiative and will become an annual project for Kerry schools. A representative from Kerry County Museum, Claudia Kohler was present at the awards ceremony to accept the prize.

The National Heritage Week Awards 2021 recognise successful heritage projects showcased during this year’s National Heritage Week which took place in August. The online ceremony was presented by journalist and TV presenter Anne Cassin.

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