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Humans have occupied Ireland for the past 10,000 years, leaving us with a rich legacy of archaeological monuments and landscapes. We work to conserve this unique archaeological heritage.

Archaeology News

Welcome to the Archaeology News section where you can find all the latest archaeology news from The Heritage Council and other organisations. Click on the news articles below for more information.

Ballintleva Handball Alley, Co RoscommonDoon Fort, Ardara, Co DonegalGallowshill medieval fort, Dungarvan and Round Hill, Lismore, Co WaterfordBaravore crusher building, Glenmalure, Co WicklowChurch of the Rath, Killeshandra, Co Cavan

Five monuments adopted by their local community following national competition

The five monuments successful in Ireland’s first-ever Adopt a Monument national competition have been announced today. The scheme, which has been organised by the Heritage Council in conjunction with Abarta Heritage.[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]

Counting Ireland’s Nature: evidence of winners and losers in the fight to save our biodiversity

Waterford/Dublin, Wednesday 9th December 2015 — Today sees the launch of Ireland’s National Biodiversity Indicators, the first ever attempt to assess the health of Ireland’s nature. Biodiversity indicators tell us the changes...[more]

New Book on Wicklow’s Historic Stone Inscriptions and Art

A new book sheds light for the first time on the small number of stone cutters who were responsible for the majority of 18th century headstones that can be found throughout the graveyards of County Wicklow.[more]

€1.8m in Funding for ‘Ireland’s Ancient East

Announcement of first phase of Fáilte Ireland capital investment for key attractions as well as funding for initial signage. [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]

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]

Explore Ireland's Most Famous Heritage Sites in 3D

A new website has been launched featuring 3D images and videos of many of Ireland's most famous heritage sites and ancient monuments.[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]

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]

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]

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]

Preliminary Notice: Call for INSTAR Research Projects

We have issued a preliminary notice for a new INSTAR research call with a closing date of Friday 7th November 2014. The theme for projects is Landscape and Settlement. [more]

National Heritage Week kicks off This Weekend

Over the next eight days, over 400,000 people are expected to take part in National Heritage Week which runs from Saturday 23rd August until Sunday 31st August. This year a new record with over 1800 events are due to take place.[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]

Elias Shee pre and post conservation

Renaissance tombs in St Mary’s graveyard, Kilkenny city get the care they deserve

A recent conservation project has given the Renaissance tombs in St Mary’s graveyard, Kilkenny city a new lease of life. During the late twentieth century the graveyard became dilapidated and some of the tombs were vandalised and...[more]

Salthouse and associated quay in Slade, Hook Head, Co Wexford which is receiving funding for a conservation and management plan under the scheme.

Grant Awards for Heritage Management & Conservation Projects Announced

A total of €652,550 has been allocated to 144 projects under our 2014 Heritage Management Scheme for various management and conservation projects throughout the country[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]

Call for Papers-Beyond the Grave

Research papers wanted from all professional and academic fields concerned with funerals, graveyards, cemeteries, and the cultural heritage which surrounds them.[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]

New Passage Tomb Discovery in the Boyne Valley

A passage-tomb was discovered in in Boyne Valley by the Heritage Council Funded ‘Boyne Valley Landscapes Project’, a collaborative research project led by researchers from University College Dublin and Dundalk Institute of...[more]

Heritage Award for St John's Parish Heritage Group at Tidy Towns Awards 2013

St John's Parish Heritage group, Co. Roscommon won the Heritage Award for their work on the Rindoon Project as part of the Tidy Towns Awards.[more]

Short Course on offer at UCC for those working in the Commercial Archaeological Sector

The Department of Archaeology, UCC, is offering short courses to those working in the commercial archaeology sector in Ireland. These courses are taught to NQR Level 9 standard (taught masters).[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]

Ogham Stones in 3D

A new website containing a database of 3D images of Ogham stones from all around Ireland has recently been launched.[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]

3 Part TV Series on RTE- Secrets of the Irish Landscape

Derek Mooney, with the help of Praeger’s 1937 book ‘The Way That I Went’, will go on an epic journey around Ireland and Europe, looking back 20,000 years to unravel the true enigma surrounding Ireland’s unique and stunning eco...[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]