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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.

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Heritage Council Grant-Aided Projects 2015

In 2015, the Heritage Council offered grant assistance to the value of €547,000 to 197 fantastic heritage projects around the country. We've highlighted just 10 of those projects below to give you a flavour of the diverse...[more]

Heritage Council Launches Adopt a Monument Scheme

The Heritage Council is currently seeking applications from community groups across Ireland to participate in the inaugural year of the Adopt a Monument Ireland scheme. [more]

Call for Applications for Archaeology Research Excavation Grants

The Royal Irish Academy have issued a call for applications for archaeological research excavations grants. [more]

Carrickmines Castle

Public Consutlation: Draft Carrickmines Castle Conservation Plan 2015 - 2025

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council are seeking comments from the public on the Carrickmines Castle Draft Conservation Plan. [more]


Brú na Bóinne draft Management Plan 2015-2025: Call for Submissions

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Office of Public Works now invite the public to make submissions in relation to the draft Management Plan 2015-2025 for the Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of...[more]

Call for Papers on Weather Beaten Archaeology Conference

The first of its kind. The Conference aims to establish a forum for the exchange of experiences of extreme weather events and their impact on archaeological sites.[more]

County Meath Heritage Plan Public Consultation August 2014

The County Meath Heritage Forum, facilitated by the Heritage Office of Meath County Council, is preparing its second Heritage Plan for the county and is looking for your views.[more]

Call for Entries: Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2015

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is Europe’s most prestigious prize in the heritage field. Every year, it honours the most outstanding heritage achievements from all over Europe.[more]

Have your say in the Future of Donegal's Heritage

Donegal's new County Heritage Plan is currently being prepared. Anyone with an interest in the heritage of County Donegal is invited to make a submission.[more]

Grants Available from the Castle Studies Trust

Grants will initially focus on new work on castles such as architectural and geophysical surveys or scientific tests such as radio-carbon dating as well as projects to enhance the general public’s understanding of castles such as...[more]

Course: Tour Guide

The Dublinia Heritage Project is a combined training and work experience course. It is eleven months in duration, with thirty training places available. The participants are trained to become tour guides and benefit from work...[more]

Call for Nominations for the Historic Towns Research Awards

The Historic Towns Research Award is awarded by the Irish Walled Towns Network to one final year degree student and one taught masters student whose dissertation or thesis has skilfully explored issues into making Ireland’s...[more]

Heritage Council urges Government to provide funding for community grants

At a briefing day today for members of the Oireachtas, the Heritage Council will outline the impact of deep budget cuts on the heritage sector and made a call for increased state investment in heritage. [more]

Win a place in the Chamber at Newgrange for the Winter Solsitice

Enter the Art Competition for primary and post-primary schools students to win a place in the chamber at the 2013 winter solstice at Newgrange on December 21st.


Volunteers Wanted to promote Heritage Week in your County

Get involved and promote Heritage Week in your County by becoming a County Ambassador.[more]

Tara Brooch (8th Century) on display at the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

The 100 objects app and e-book is a free gift from the government and is available now until 31st March. It is a beautiful and valuable resource.


Joint Research Call for Cultural Heritage Research by The Joint Heritage European Programme (JHEP)

The Joint Heritage European Programme (JHEP) has launched a Joint Research Call for Cultural Heritage Research. The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has allocated...[more]

Sad Passing of Billy Colfer

Over the past weekend many of us were saddened to learn of the death of Dr Billy Colfer. Billy was a member of the Heritage Council from 2005 — 2010.[more]

Rich Arts & Heritage Audio Content at

A great new website has been set up at which delivers high-quality, free audio content from Irish writers of poetry, prose and song as well as radio documentaries and story telling about Irish culture, heritage...[more]

Castle Roche, Co. Louth.

Heritage the most significant reason for visiting County Louth: New Report

This report presents the findings of the Co. Louth Visitor Survey 2012 conducted between June and August 2012. By far the most popular reason for visiting the county was to visit Heritage Sites at 18%. [more]

The Fulbright Specialist Awards - Open for Applicants

The Fulbright Commission of Ireland is seeking expressions of interest from Irish institutions to bring a Fulbright Specialist to their institution for two to six weeks.[more]

Chief Executive Officer: The Discovery Programme

The CEO will be the overall manager and co-ordinator of the staff and assets of the organisation. He/she will be the primary spokesperson and communicator for the organisation. He/she will also be expected to foster excellent...[more]

European Funding Call for Cultural Heritage Research Projects

The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Dept. of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, has allocated €100,000 towards this call for cultural heritage research projects.[more]

The Tomb of St. Nicholas featured on Nationwide

According to local legend, the tomb of St. Nicholas is thought to be found in grounds of Newtown Jerpoint, an abandoned Medieval town on the banks of the River Nore. Nationwide recently visited the site.[more]

Two New Monuments & Heritage Websites Launched

The websites highlight national monuments & heritage buildings that are open to the public but are not so well known. They are also intended to encourage tourists to visit locations that might not otherwise be on their...[more]

Norman Settlement of Rindoon Featured on Winning Streak

Liam Mannix, who runs the Heritage Council's Irish Walled Towns Network was recently on Winning Streak to talk about the unique Norman settlement of Rindoon in Co. Roscommon.[more]

RIA Excavation Grants: Application Deadline 7th November 2012

The Academy Committee for Archaeology of the Royal Irish Academy has the responsibility of allocating and administering the funds for research excavation provided annually by the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht...[more]

The Dublinia Heritage Course

The Dublinia Heritage Course is a Fetac Level 5 Major award in Cultural and Heritage studies. Operating from Dublinia it is a combined training and work experience course which is eleven months in duration and has 24 places...[more]

Buncrana Lighthouse, Co. Donegal.Sandymount Village Design Statement.Bere Island Aquaculture Co-Op at work.

TidyTowns Heritage Awards 2012!!!

Buncrana Lighthouse, Co. Donegal has won 1st Prize at the TidyTowns Heritage Awards 2012. A number of other Heritage Council-supported communities also won awards.[more]

Mayor 'Turns the Sod' on Heritage Council HQ Archaeological Dig

Investigations in 2011 found early medieval artefacts of antlers and bone and evidence of a comb-maker’s workshop - indications of the first urban settlement in the city of Kilkenny. [more]

The Institute of Archaeologists - Photographic Competition 2012

A picture tells a thousand words ... and can reveal telling details about our archaeological heritage and the process of investigating and recording it. [more]

The Wood Quay Venue shortlisted for RIAI Awards 2012

The winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on the 21st of June 2012. The works were grant-assisted by the Heritage Council.[more]

National Heritage Week 2012 - Don't forget to register by 31st May!

This year the Heritage Council is focusing on promoting Ireland's wonderful built heritage and are encouraging owners of historic properties to open their doors as part of the celebrations.[more]

Historic Scotland invites applications for Advisory Committee Members

Members with specific expertise in and professional knowledge of either archaeology or historic buildings are being sought.[more]

World Heritage Day 18th April 2012 - Get Involved!

This special day offers an opportunity to celebrate local heritage all over the world! Why not get involved ... there's any number of things you could do to celebrate World Heritage Day 2012 ... [more]

Dr Charles Mount in support of the Heritage Council in latest issue of Archaeology Ireland

In response to the proposal, as part of the Public Service Reform Plan, to merge the functions of the Heritage Council into the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dr Mount outlines the diverse and important programme...[more]

Presentation by Michael Starrett at at Talbot’s Tower, Kilkenny

Celebrating the tower's conservation and restoration. Monday 28th November 2011[more]

Archaeological Strategy Plan (ASP)

Endeavouring to be a profession-wide response to the current archaeological crisis, the Archaeological Strategy Plan (ASP) grew out of the Heritage Council's seminar day on the future of archaeology in March 2011. [more]

Summer 2011: Archaeological excavations: blogs and podcasts

Innovative communication on the progress of two archaeological excavations in the Boyne Valley [more]

Heritage Portal is the new web resource for the European cultural heritage community, bringing you news and information about cultural heritage across Europe. [more]

Guidelines for Architectural and Archaeological Heritage Project applications for funding from the Environment Fund

An invitation from Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for applications from bodies such as charities, academic institutions. local authorities and professional organisations, for funding in...[more]

The Archaeological Profession in Ireland

A Workshop on Future Possibilities, March 2011. Findings now available.[more]

INSTAR web archive updated with 2010 research projects

INSTAR Web Archive updated with 2010 research projects. [more]

Secrets of Irish medieval fishing site lost as budget cuts bite

One of Europe’s best preserved medieval fishing structures located on the Fergus Estuary in County Clare, will be washed away by tidal flows before archaeologists can reveal its secrets.[more]

3D laser scans of carved stone in Offaly

Featuring Offaly High Crosses, Rahan Monastic site, Graveslabs, Shinrone Glasshouse and Ardara Bridge.[more]

Tirnony Portal Tomb excavation

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has an ongoing excavation at the 5-6,000 year old Tirnony Portal Tomb near Maghera.

Click on the linb below to visit the Northern Ireland Environment Agency archaeology blog for further...[more]

Remains of an Early Christian dry stone chapel, Temple Cashel, Co. Kerry (Courtesy of Tomas O’Carragain, University College Cork.

The Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research Programme 2011 is now open for applications

The Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme 2011 is now open for applications. [more]

Tara audio guide

This audio tour brings you to pagan sanctuaries, along ancient roads, and to a holy well, following in the footsteps of high kings and heroes.

Audio guides to Ireland's hidden heritage at [more]

Ireland — Dig It!

RTÁ‰ 2 Every Day at 5.00p.m. from Monday 20th - Friday 24th September[more]

Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research [INSTAR] Programme web archive launch

The INSTAR web archive is a new database which hosts all research created under the INSTAR Programme since its establishment in 2008. The creation of the database is a step forward in implementing one of INSTAR’s key aims to...[more]

The Rossnaree Archaeological Project Blog

Day-by-day account of the activities of the Rossnaree Archaeological Project 2010.[more]

Oghil Fort, Co.Galway (Image courtesy of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research [INSTAR] Programme 2010

Since beginning in 2008, the INSTAR Grant Programme continues to successfully fund collaborative archaeological research projects under seven diverse thematic areas, such as cultural identity, territories and boundaries &...[more]

Digitally Mapping the Graveyards of North East Galway

Glenamaddy Community Development Company in partnership with Galway County Council and Galway Rural Development.[more]

Historic Landscape Characterisation: Policy and Best practice guidance

Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) is concerned with identifying the contribution of the past to the landscape as it exists in the present.[more]

Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme Awards

The Heritage Council has announced details of the projects to be grant aided under the Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme 2009.

The INSTAR Programme is intended to contribute to a better...[more]