South Dublin’s cultural practices of Hurling and Irish Traditional Music have been officially recognized by the State as some of the key elements of Ireland’s Living Cultural heritage, a Fine Gael Cllr. Emer Higgins has said. This official recognition will serve to protect and promote this practice for generations to come. Higgins said: “It is wonderful to see our practice of Hurling and Traditional Irish Music receiving this prestigious recognition. “These activity really contribute to the cultural tapestry of our county and makes us richer as individuals and as a community.

“None of this would be possible without the work of committed volunteers all around the county, whose involvement in their communities’ cultural practices and heritage traditions have sustained them over the generations”. “I am delighted my Fine Gael colleague, Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan has honoured this custom through official State recognition on the National Inventory,” Cllr Higgins said.
The development of the National Inventory of Ireland’s Intangible Cultural Heritage is an integral part of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s work under the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which requires signatory States to recognise, protect and promote the living cultural heritage of their countries. Ireland has succeeded in having uilleann piping and hurling inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and a formal application from Ireland to have harping inscribed on the UNESCO list will be considered at the end of this year.
The elements of Ireland’s cultural heritage practices included in Ireland’s National Inventory were received through an open call process and were assessed by an expert advisory committee.
To ensure a comprehensive National Inventory is achieved, expressions of interest will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis: Interested parties can contact the Department at nationalich@chg.gov.ie for more information.