Heritage Council


Past Conferences

Your Place or Mine? New initiatives engaging communities in interpreting & presenting heritage

Date: Wednesday, 18th April 2012
Location: The Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

A joint Heritage Council / ICOMOS Ireland conference. This conference aimed to stimulate discussion on public participation in heritage policy and presentation in Ireland, and in particular how to reconcile potentially conflicting tendencies in heritage interpretation. The conference celebrated International Day of Monuments and Sites 2012, the theme of which was ‘World Heritage and Sustainable Development: the Role of Local Communities’.

Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth in mid-sized Towns

Date: Thursday, 26th January 2012
Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Dublin.

This conference examined how the heritage resources of a town can help it recover from the recession. The event was jointly organised by the Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network and UCC’s School of Planning and Department of Geography. Economists, planners, geographers, architects and heritage consultants from both the private and public sector talked about the role heritage can have in boosting the tourist, retail and entertainment sectors of Ireland’s mid-sized towns.

Place as Resource: Heritage Inspiring Innovation for Economic Growth

Date: Thursday October 27th, 2011.
Location: Royal College of Physicians, Dublin 2

This conference explored how heritage contributes to our identity and economy. It also explored how we can sustainably use heritage resources to deliver employment, healthier lifestyles, sustaibable tourism and creativity. Speakers addressed how heritage and culture can provide competitive differentiation in a globalised world.

Shannon Waterway Seminar 2008

Date: 27th November 2008
Location: Radisson SAS, Athlone

In 2008, the Heritage Council hosted a seminar to progress the work of its Shannon Waterway Corridor Studies and to explore ways for all agencies involved in the management of the River Shannon to work together.

Towpaths Seminar 2007

Date: 20th June 2007
Tullamore Court Hotel, Co. Offaly

Hosting this seminar on the future of Ireland’s towpaths was timely as it coincided with an in-depth study, Valuing Heritage in Ireland, which identified the restoration of rivers and canals for amenity as the top priority for public spending.