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.

Welcome to About Us

The Heritage Council’s vision is that the value of our heritage is enjoyed, managed and protected for the vital contribution that it makes to our identity, well-being and future. The Heritage Council is a public body working in the public interest, our priorities are to support jobs, education and heritage tourism in local communities. The Heritage Council complements but importantly builds on the work of other state heritage bodies which have primary responsibility for the care of property in state ownership and the designation of protected areas.

In practical programmes across Ireland the Heritage Council is putting in place infrastructure and networks to enable communities to take responsibility for and participate in the development and conservation of their heritage assets.

The Heritage Council was established as a statutory body under the Heritage Act, 1995 [pdf 96kb]. It takes an integrated approach to heritage, with responsibilities that include both its cultural and natural aspects. The Heritage Act provides a definition of ‘heritage’ - and its breadth is truly comprehensive. It includes monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects such as art and industrial works, documents and genealogical records, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens, parks and inland waterways.

Download our Information Booklet [PDF 7.5MB]
View/Download our Service Level Agreement with DAHG (2016) PDF

Our Location

The Heritage Council offices are located at Church Lane, Kilkenny. Church Lane is the laneway surrounding St Canice’s Cathedral. Access to Church Lane is gained via Dean Street (please see the map below).

Eircode: R95 X264
GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude N 52 39.417   Longitude W 7 15.411
Decimal Degrees: (WGS84) Latitude 52.65695   Longitude -7.256848
Degrees, Minutes & Seconds: Latitude N52 39 25   Longitude W7 15 24