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Previously Grant-Aided Projects Include:

Bryophyte Survey of Co. Kildare
This project involved the collection of valuable baseline data on the location and distribution of bryophytes in Co. Kildare. A new species of liverwort was identified by bryophyte expert - Nick Hodgetts, the first time the species has been identified in Ireland.

Traditional Boats of Ireland
An important part of our national heritatge, this unique project uses 3D laser-scanning technology to record full-size and scale-models of surviving traditional Irish boats from around the country.

 Aungier Street: Building in Context Toolkit
The aim of this project was to give the public a greater understanding of the underlying archaeological and architectural heritage of the area and to link this heritage to the local community through education and outreach.

REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme Projects
In partnership with the Dept. of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, the Heritage Council administers a grants scheme annually to REPS 4 participants on the conservation and repair of traditional farm buildings.

Bridges of the Mountain River, Co. Carlow
This project involved the photographic and architectural recording of 37 bridges along the routes of the Mountain River and its tributaries. The project received €3,000 in grant-aid in 2012.

Digging the Monto: The 1913 Lockout
The aim of this project was to engage local communities in Dublin in investigating the physical and historical remains associated with the 1913 Lockout. The project included archaeological investigations, public talks, walking tours and an exhibition.

Invasive Species Control: Lough Corrib, Co. Galway
This project aimed to control the spread of the invasive, non-native species, 'Lagarosiphon major' in a number of locations in Lough Corrib, Co. Galway. Lough Corrib is a designated 'Special Area of Conservation' and between 2008 and 2012, coverage of the plant has been reduced from 92ha to just 19.6ha.

Rare Irish Breeding Birds: Monitoring Project
This project aimed to monitor the breeding population and breeding performance of rare and declining Irish bird species in order to assess their conservation needs. The project recieved €1,500 in grant-aid in 2012.

The Children's Nature Club: OWLS
OWLS run a series of outdoor events, aimed at families with young children, which take place in parks and natural areas around Dublin throughout the year. OWLS received €4,000 in grant-aid from the Heritage Council in 2012.

The Irish ‘Headhunter' Exhibition
How did one explain the presence of a primitive (white) race living in the back yard of the United Kingdom — at the height of the British Empire? Scientists based in Trinity College Dublin attempted to do just that.

Talbot's Tower, Co. Kilkenny - Conservation
Between 2007 and 2012 the IWTN significantly supported the work of Kilkenny Borough Council in the conservation of the impressive Talbot’s Tower located in the centre of Kilkenny City. The tower is to be the centrepiece of a new archaeological 'pocket park'.

Bere Island Conservation Plan
The Heritage Council provided funding for the development of the Conservation Plan and for the 1st stage of its implementation. The Council continues to fund the Bere Island Projects Group Co-ordinator who has been in place on the Island since 2004.

Youghal, Co. Cork - Town Wall Conservation
One of the Youghal's main attractions is the impressive and mostly intact town wall, which points to the importance of the town in medieval Ireland. Since 2007, the IWTN has provided €675,000 for the conservation of this magnificent monument.

Youghal Walled Towns Day
Youghal Walled Towns Day is a free, family-fun event which takes place in August of each year. Since the first Walled Towns Day in 2005, the event has gone from strenth to strength. Primarily funded by the IWTN, over 6,500 people attended the event in 2012.

New Ross Town Wall Conservation
In 2012 IWTN awarded €60,000 to New Ross Town Council to ensure that urgent structural repairs were carried out on the town walls of New Ross, Co. Wexford. New Ross was once one of the most important trading towns in Medieval Ireland.

Foynes Flying Boat Museum Archive
Foynes Flying Boat Museum holds a very important maritime collection detailing the history of the Shannon Estuary and Foynes Port. In 2012 the Museum focused on interpreting, cataloguing and preserving the maritime collection to international archival standard.

Underwater Archaeological Investigation: Newtown Jerpoint, Co. Kilkenny
This investigation was undertaken on the bed of the River Nore and its tributary - the Little Arrigle River at the nationally-important, deserted medieval settlement of Newtown Jerpoint in Co. Kilkenny.

Waterford Museum of Treasures: Harp Conservation
This harp belonged to William Vincent Wallace, one of Ireland's best-known and best-loved operatic composers. The harp, made in Dublin in the 1820s has been conserved by Letterfrack Conservation to playing standard. It will go on display in Waterford Museum of Treasures in a 19th century room dedicated to music.

Butler Gallery: Framing Conservation
Before this conservation work was undertaken, these paintings and works on paper were not being displayed in the gallery and remained in storage. This grant enabled the gallery to employ a framing conservator to bring these beloved works back into the public realm.

Thatch Cottage, Co. Wexford
The thatched cottage at Ballygarran in the village of Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford, was restored as part of a wider renovation project. The cottage is listed as a protected structure and received €5,000 in grant-aid from the Heritage Council in 2012.

Eco-Beo Learning Initiative
The Heritage Council provides annual funding to Burren Beo Trust who run a number of innovative education initiatives in the Burren region in Co. Clare. Eco-Beo emerses children in the natural environment that surrounds them, stimulating interest, respect and responsibility towards the natural world.

Fota House Digital Learning Zone
Fota Digital Learning Zone supports teachers and students visiting Fota House and Gardens in Co. Cork with a digital learning resource which encourages enquiry and exploration. The project was funded in 2010.

Rindoon, Co. Roscommon - Town Walls Conservation

The deserted town of Rindoon is situated on the peninsula of St. John's Point, on the western shore of Lough Ree, some nine miles north of Athlone. The surviving remains constitute one of the most important complexes of Medieval monuments in the country.

Athenry, Co. Galway - Town Wall Conservation

Athenry town walls are of national importance and are one of the town’s major assets. The conservation and management plan provides a framework to guide all stakeholders involved with the Town Walls in developing a long term management strategy for the Walls.

Kilmallock Town Walls Festival 2011

The Walled-Towns Day held in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick in 2011 featured a children’s medieval battle, crafts and food fair, tug of war competition, archery, and a cycle to Kilmallock from Buttevant, the towns nearest medieval neighbour!

Fethard Walled Town Medieval Festival 2008

The festival is excellent example of the way in which a town's walls can provide the basis for a socially and economically beneficial event.

Archaeological Dig at the 'Robing Room', Heritage Council HQ

Kilkenny Archaeology Ltd carried out a Heritage Council grant-aided archaeological dig at the Bishop’s Robing Room at Heritage Council HQ, Kilkenny during the Summer of 2012. Preliminary findings hint at a large comb-making workshop in the area pointing to support by a local population.

Annagh Marsh Fox Fence Project
The fox fence at Annagh Marsh, was supported by the Heritage Council in 2011, and is proving to be a great success. The marsh now has three pairs of Lapwings and a pair of Redshank breeding once again within the fenced-off area!

ISCOPE: Irish Scheme for Cetacean Observation & Public Education

Funded by the Heritage Council, ISCOPE ran between 2002 to 2006. Its aims were to increase awareness and knowledge of cetaceans in Irish coastal waters, and to encourage greater levels of public participation in cetacean recording.

Bird Atlas 2007-2011: Mapping Ireland’s Birds

The Bird Atlas 2007-2011 mapped the occurrence of all of Ireland's and Britain’s birds during the winter and breeding seasons. This information will be used to inform future policies and priorities for bird conservation and help to ensure their continued survival.

No. 14 Henrietta Street
Henrietta Street is considered to be one of the first and finest planned Georgian streets in Dublin. The Heritage Council grant-aided the Window & Door Conservation Programme at no. 14 Henrietta Street in 2011.

St. George’s Church, Co. Longford

St. George’s Church of Ireland Church is situated south of the picturesque village of Kenagh, Co. Longford. Completed in the Gothic Revival style, the church dates from 1832 and received grant-aid of €10,000 towards repair works to its roof in 2011.

Landscapes of Desire: Parks, Colonialism & Identity in Victorian & Edwardian Ireland

A research project by Dr Joanna BrÁ¼ck & Andrew Tierney, UCD School of Archaeology undertaken in 2009/ 2010. This research project provides an assessment of the scale and character of Victorian and Edwardian public parks in Dublin and Belfast.

Russborough House, Co. Wicklow

Between 2002 and 2007, the Heritage Council provided grant-aid towards the conservation of Russborough House, Co. Wicklow to the value of €2 million under our annual Grant Scheme.