Heritage Council


The Heritage Council’s mission is to engage, educate and advocate to develop a wider understanding of the vital contribution that our heritage makes to our social, environmental and economic well-being.

TidyTowns Heritage Award

The Heritage Council has been involved with the TidyTowns Competition since 1999 and the number of entries has grown considerably on an annual basis. The Heritage Award, sponsored by the Heritage Council, seeks to promote a greater awareness of the value of our heritage to our quality of life and to sustainable economic development. With that in mind, The Heritage Council seeks to recognise projects that benefit heritage, involve the community and motivate people. The Heritage Council seeks to encourage a better understanding of our heritage and the impact everybody’s actions have upon it. The project must demonstrate long-term sustainability and appreciation of heritage. The project must benefit aspects of the national heritage as set out in the Heritage Act 1995. These include monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens and parks and inland waterways. Benefit is understood to mean enjoyment, conservation and/or identification.

Projects not considered
- New buildings or modern refurbishment of older buildings.
- New public or commemorative sculptures.
- Amenity works and environmental improvements. This includes works such as seating, spot-lighting, landscaping, curbing, provision of rubbish bins etc.

On a separate sheet please provide information on the following:
- Please provide a short description of your project and what its aims are.
- Does the project follow the principles of best conservation practice?
- Can you outline the community involvement?
- What are the long-term benefits of the project?
- What are the communication elements of the project?
- Is the project part of a management plan or generally well thought out?
- Please be sure to include 3-4 photographs of the project and clip or staple the photos to the application form.
Maps locating the project are especially welcomed where relevant.

Entries should be forwarded to the  TidyTowns Unit, Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, Government Offices, Ballina, Co. Mayo F26 E8N6

Closing date for entries is 20th May 2016. All entries will be assessed by a panel of judges appointed by The Heritage Council.

Click here to download the 2016 Application form
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For more details, please consult your TidyTowns Handbook or call 071-9186744 or email: tidytowns@environ.ie or check out www.tidytowns.ie 

All entries will be assessed by a panel of judges appointed by The Heritage Council. For more information on the TidyTowns Award visit www.tidytowns.ie