Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate in National Heritage Week by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage.

One of the National Heritage Weeks events will be held at Mendicity Institution on the 25th of August, 8pm – 9:30pm, free admission.

The Mendicity Institution has been addressing the needs of Dublin’s poor for 199 years. Staff and Volunteers will make a lively 90 minute presentation on its history.

In 1818 The Mendicity Institution was founded to counter the ‘scourge’ of street begging. There were an estimated 6,000 beggars on the streets of Dublin. We will recount how the energetic and enlightened intervention of our founders was dramatically successful. The Institution’s heyday was brief as the introduction of The Poor Law undermined the work of private charities. However in our work today we continue to draw on our founder’s vision for inspiration.

Read more about this and other events on the official National Heritage Week website here.