Survey for Community Groups on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ireland

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The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (DTCAGSM) are surveying community groups on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ireland in order to inform future policy in this area.

Intangible Cultural Heritage covers cultural practices and skills such as:

  • Oral traditions and expressions;
  • Performing arts;
  • Social practices, rituals and festive events;
  • Knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe; and
  • Traditional craftsmanship.


The survey along with further background information  is contained in the link below:  https://nationalinventoryich.chg.gov.ie/app/uploads/2021/11/Survey-for-Community-Groups.docx

The closing date for submissions is Friday 3rd  December 2021.


In December 2015 Ireland ratified the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Under the UNESCO 2003 Convention , State Parties are required to submit periodic reports to UNESCO, which outline the work undertaken to raise awareness of and safeguard the Intangible Cultural Heritage in their Country. The responses received from this survey will feed into Ireland’s official response to UNESCO and will also inform the development and direction of Department policy in respect of ICH over the coming 2-3 years in line with the Vision, Mission and Principles set out for ICH in Ireland, which can be viewed at https://nationalinventoryich.chg.gov.ie/about/

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