Our architectural heritage is one of the most tangible aspects of our heritage. By conserving our historic buildings we help to preserve them for future generations to enjoy as part of their heritage, just as we do now.

Welcome to Architecture

The built environment is part of our lives, shelters our activities and the historic, built environment supports our sense of identity. As defined by the Heritage Act, 1995 [PDF 96KB], 'architectural heritage' includes all structures, buildings, traditional and designed, and groups of buildings including street-scapes and urban vistas, which are of historical, archaeological, artistic, engineering, scientific, social or technical interest.


Tax incentive scheme could conserve and revitalise Ireland’s largest towns and provide over 10,000 badly needed homes.

A tax-incentive scheme, modelled on the Living City initiative could play a major role in revitalising those towns, and deliver thousands of habitable dwellings for homeless families and workers.[more]

Heritage Council at the National Ploughing Championships

We're at the ploughing championships again this year. Call by our stand.[more]

The Heritage Council will support 70 full-time jobs this year, and operate grants scheme to support local community groups

The Heritage Council will support about 70 full-time jobs in 2016 through its range of heritage programmes around the country.[more]

Mulranny Promenade Opening

The Mulranny Village Design Statement, sponsored by the Heritage Council, brought forward an ambitious vision for the village based on a collaborative design approach between the local community and Mayo County Council design...[more]

Historic Houses Action Plan Launched

The plan contains nine actions aimed at securing these historic properties on a sustainable footing into the future.[more]

Heritage Council at National Ploughing Championships

We'll be at the Ploughing Championships again this year running and advice clinic on the repair of traditional farm buildings. [more]

Call for Historic Towns Research Awards 2015

Applications are now being sought for this year’s awards. There are two categories. These are best project or thesis by an individual taught masters student and best group project from taught masters students. [more]

Youghal Town Centre — Painting and Signage Programme 2015

The medieval town of Youghal is set to receive a major boost with the announcement that Cork County Council will roll out an innovative grants scheme to tenants or owners of buildings along the Main Street of Youghal.[more]

Results of Research on Heritage Awareness Released

Research carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes last month on behalf of the Heritage Council had some good news about people’s interest in and involvement in heritage locally. [more]

Failte Ireland launch Ancient Spaces Capital Grants Scheme

Failte Irelands Ancient Spaces Capital Grants Scheme to encourage the development of compelling visitor experiences throughout the Ireland’s Ancient East region. [more]

Winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2015 Announced

The winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2015 were celebrated on 11 June during a high-profile event at Oslo City Hall.[more]

Register Your Event for Heritage Week

Register your event by 7th June for inclusion in our National Heritage Week Guide. [more]

The Heritage Council lobbies TDs and Senators for Greater Financial Support for Local Heritage Projects

On Wednesday 13th May,an Oireachtas Information Day was held for TDs and Senators from all over the country. [more]

CBH05296, West Cork Maritime Heritage Company have been awarded €3,500 for restoration of the only known sand boat in Ireland.

Heritage Council announces funding for 197 heritage projects nationwide

Our Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme supports the continuing conservation and development of Irish heritage through local community based groups[more]

Event registration for National Heritage Week 2015 is now open!

Ready, steady, go! Event registration for National Heritage Week 2015 is now open. [more]

County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016-2020 Have Your Say in the Future of our Heritage!

Sligo County Council, together with the County Sligo Heritage Forum, is preparing the third Heritage Plan for Sligo and is seeking your views on the key priorities and opportunities for Sligo’s heritage over the next five years.[more]

Launch of Research on the Irish labour Market in Construction Conservation

The report provides evidence and background information on constructions skills deficits and training needs for building conservation. It may be used to support submissions to the newly-formed Apprenticeship Council.[more]

Sign language Interpretation on tablets at OPW Heritage Sites

Minister Harris announced on Saturday January 31st that the OPW is developing a new service for providing sign language interpretation on tablets at OPW Heritage Sites.[more]

Bursaries available from Building Limes Forum Ireland

Up to €2,000 will be available per annum for a period of 5 years. The application must essentially have an educational nature, practical or theoretical, and must relate to the use of lime.[more]

Heritage Council Staff with Heather Humprhreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and John-Paul Phelan, TD.

Heritage Council Opens its Community Grant Scheme 2015

The Heritage Council intends to allocate the sum of €600,000 to its Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme in 2015.[more]

New Heritage Officer for County Leitrim

Aoife Mulacahy has been appointed Heritage Officer for County Leitrim. [more]

New Free Kilmallock Audio Trail

There is a new audio guide for one of the most intact medieval towns in Ireland. The Kilmallock audio guide is available free to download for people with smartphones or tablets.[more]

Ireland’s Industrial and Design Heritage is the Theme for National Heritage Week 2015

National Heritage Week is a part of European Heritage Days celebrated across Europe. In 2015 23 countries have agreed to come together to share a common theme industrial and design heritage.[more]

New Heritage Guide Celebrating Waterford’s Built Heritage

Architectural Waterford —Buildings Through Time is a new heritage tourism guide published by Waterford City and County Council’s Heritage Office celebrating the built heritage of Waterford City and County.[more]

Next generation must play central role in shaping future of Ireland Historic Towns

Many of Ireland’s historic towns have suffered significantly since the onset of the 2008 recession. The Historic Towns Research Awards were designed to allow students the possibility of providing insight and solutions into the...[more]

Heritage Council Seeks Sponsor for National Heritage Week

Would you like to sponsor the largest cultural event in Ireland with almost 1000 organisations and individuals involved in hosting 1800 unique events over 9 days?[more]

Call for Submissions to Support Cooperation projects on Transnational Tourism based on European cultural and industrial heritage”

The European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry has launched a call for proposals on the themes of “Cooperation projects to support transnational tourism based on European cultural and industrial...[more]

Medieval Waterford- Above and Below Ground

Archaeologist Dave Pollack has now created the start of a wonderfully illustrated and accessible series of booklets with the recent publication of Medieval Waterford- Above and Below Ground.[more]

Generations encouraged to explore Heritage Together during Heritage Week 2014

2014 marks the UN 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. The theme for National Heritage Week 2014 is 'generations exploring heritage together’. Find out more about what events are happening in your area.[more]

A fun and informative new audio trail has been released for County Laois

The Laois Monastic Trail will lead you around the beautiful landscape of County Laois to discover the remains of ancient churches and monasteries and to hear stories of saints and sinners at the dawn of Christianity in Ireland.[more]

New Action Plan Launched for the Walled Towns of Ireland

The 2014-2016 action Plan, the third to have been compiled by the IWTN, identifies the key issues that threaten the vitality of historic towns, and provides a framework through which the Irish Walled Towns Network can help its...[more]

SEAI invites Proposal for Sustainable Energy Research, Development and demonstration (RD&D) Projects

SEAI invites proposals from business, academic and public sector organisations located in Ireland for carrying out sustainable energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects in 2014[more]

Carlow-Sherwood Park

Minister Announces Funding for Protected Buildings & Historic Structures

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has approved funding in principle for 618 projects at protected building and historic structures across the State.[more]

Pictured at the launch Peter Bacon, Peter Bacon Associates, John Moran, Secretary General, Department of Finance, Amanda Pedlow, Heritage Officer Offaly County Council, Conor Newman, Chairman of he Heritage Council

Heritage Council Proposes Living Town Tax Incentive Scheme to Protect and Enhance Heritage Buildings

With the collapse of public funds available for such investment in recent years, many older buildings in town centres, which are under-used and in need of investment, will decline further.[more]

The Heritage Council Opens its Grant Programme 2014

The Heritage Council intends to allocate €700,000 to its Heritage Management Scheme in to support projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings).[more]

The Heritage Council launches Heritage Maps

Heritage Maps brings together heritage data from government departments, state agencies and local authorities to produce our wide range of data sets, many of which have never been shown publicly before![more]

Proposals Sought for Enhancing Visitor Experiences at OPW Sites

Proposals are invited from companies to provide enhanced visitor experiences at OPW sites nationwide.[more]

New Heritage Course by Loophead Tourism Network

Loophead Tourism network have developed a training course which will enable participants to identify and utilise the heritage resources of their local area in the development of sustainable tourism products. [more]

100 Stories about County Offaly

100 great stories about Offaly's Heritage. Did you know? . . one of Ireland’s last public hangings took place at Tullamore Gaol . . Croghan Hill is a volcano . . .a U.S. president is descended from a Moneygall shoemaker. Read...[more]

New Report on the Onshore Windfarm Sector in Ireland produced by The Heritage Council

The Heritage Council as a national statutory body seeks to ensure that the development of the renewable energy sector in Ireland can be carried out in harmony with our unique and world-renowned national heritage.[more]

New Heritage Guide for Waterford’s Historic Coast

Historic Waterford —The Coast is a new Heritage Tourism Guide on the archaeology and built heritage of the Waterford Coastline from Cheekpoint to the Blackwater Estuary. [more]

National Heritage Week 2013 set to reach record total with 1700 events nationwide

National Heritage Week 2013 which takes place nationwide from 17th — 25th August 2013, looks set to reach a record total of 1700 events this year, the majority of which will be FREE to attend[more]

New BSc in Applied Conservation Skills Course at WIT

Interested in up-skilling in the construction industry to take advantage of career opportunities in the care and maintenance of old buildings?WIT is launching a new BSc course in Applied Conservation. [more]

UCD launch Distance Learning courses on World Heritage Conservation

The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in World Heritage Conservation are part-time, online, distance learning courses.[more]

New Heritage Plan for County Monaghan

A new Heritage Plan for County Monaghan by Monaghan County Council was launched recently by Conor Newman, Heritage Council Chairman and Monaghan Mayor Cllr. Hugh McElvaney.[more]

Online Event Registration- Now open for Heritage Week

In the year of The Gathering, people are encouraged to get involved in National Heritage Week 2013 by organising an event in their community and showcase their local natural and cultural heritage[more]

Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network wins prestigious European Heritage award

The Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) has won a highly sought after European heritage award.[more]

Place Shapers: An Architecture/ Urban Design Project for Young People

The project teams up young people with architects and a filmmaker to investigate architecture and urban design in their own neighbourhoods. [more]


Seminar on LEADER projects involving heritage

November 23rd, Dublin- the IWTN will be running a free seminar on LEADER projects that incorporate heritage. [more]


REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme

In partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Heritage Council administers a grants scheme to REPS 4 participants for the conservation and repair of Traditional Farm Buildings.


Up The Town: An Introduction to Some of Our Cultural Jewels

This publication aims to celebrate these individual attributes that add so much distinctive character to our towns for locals and visitors to enjoy.[more]

Heritage Manifesto: A Strategic Investment Programme for People and Place

Do you support community based heritage, education and training?  Want to see more government  investment and capacity in the sector? This document has some ideas you can help us to promote in the coming weeks and...[more]

Assessment of Possible Fiscal Incentives in Relation to the Built Heritage in Ireland’ s Towns

This report has been prepared by Peter Bacon & Associates. It assesses if specified fiscal instruments and other measures, could and should be used to incentivise investment in the built heritage in Irish towns.Download the...[more]