Initiatives

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The Heritage Council has developed and currently manages many initiatives which serve to protect, preserve, enhance and raise awareness about our national heritage. In this section you will find information about these important initiatives.

ARCHAEOLOGY

Adopt A Monument Ireland
This scheme aims to empower communities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of local archaeological and cultural heritage sites. The scheme will run throughout 2016 and five sites from around the country will be selected for participation.

The Adopt a Monument scheme aims to empower communities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of local archaeological and cultural heritage sites. - See more at: www.heritagecouncil.ie/archaeology/our-initiatives/adopt-a-monument-ireland/

The Adopt a Monument scheme aims to empower communities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of local archaeological and cultural heritage sites. - See more at: www.heritagecouncil.ie/archaeology/our-initiatives/adopt-a-monument-ireland/

The Adopt a Monument scheme aims to empower communities to become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of local archaeological and cultural heritage sites. - See more at: www.heritagecouncil.ie/archaeology/our-initiatives/adopt-a-monument-ireland/

Historic Towns Initiative
This pilot scheme involves the three historic towns of Westport, Listowel & Youghal. Council and its partners are seeking to combine the conservation of the built & natural heritage through effective urban renewal while maximising the economic value of tourism to the towns.

INSTAR Web Archive & Grant Programme
The Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Web Archive is one of the most important online Irish archaeological information resources. It allows easy access for all to the most recent archaeological research supported through INSTAR grants programme. 

Significant unpublished Irish archaeological excavations 1930-97 Website
The Heritage Council commissioned a survey of unpublished excavations for the period 1930-1997 that examined the Heritage Service archive of reports on archaeological excavations. The survey categorised 81 sites as being of national importance and a further 340 as being of regional significance. A website was developed for the project in 2007.

Brú na Bóinne Research Framework Project
The Heritage Council is currently engaged in drafting a research framework for the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site in Co. Meath.

Field Monument Advisor Scheme
The Heritage Council is working in partnership with Local Government and the farming community to provide advice to farmers on the management of archaeological monuments on privately owned farmland.

A Review of Research Needs in Irish Archaeology
Following a request from the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the Heritage Council completed a review of existing practice in 2006-07.

ARCHITECTURE

Traditional Building Craft Skills
The Heritage Council intends to provide a register of training initiatives in Traditional Building Craft Skills on its website. The register will contain two categories - certified courses and training which includes the informal handing-on of skills.

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

Curtilage Study: Useful Principles for Protected Structures
Protection of a protected structure extends to the land and structures lying within its curtilage. The Heritage Council sought to clarify how to determine the curtilage of a protected structure.

Áras Na hOidhreachta: HQ of the Heritage Council
The Heritage Council moved into its new home at Áras Na hOidhreachta in 2008 after careful planning for its conservation.

Mayglass Farmhouse 1998 Before Restoration

The Mayglass Farmstead
Mounting the first project of its kind ever undertaken in Ireland, the Heritage Council succeeded in conserving this special place using traditional skills such as thatching and mud-wall construction.

COUNTY HERITAGE SERVICES

County Heritage Officer Network
The work of the Heritage Council reaches into the heart of communities throughout Ireland through its network of 28 County Heritage Officers, who are employed by the Local Authorities.

EDUCATION

National Heritage Week
The Heritage Council coordinates and promotes National Heritage Week. In 2012, over 600,000 people attended a record 1,500 events around the country during the week in August. It involved over 900 event organisers from community groups and volunteers, cultural institutions, and state agencies.

The Heritage in Schools Scheme
The Heritage in Schools Scheme provides a panel of 165 heritage specialists who visit primary schools throughout the country, bringing Ireland's heritage directly into the classroom for pupils. 

INLAND WATERWAYS

Inland Waterway Corridors Studies
The Heritage Council undertook Waterway Corridor Studies on the Shannon and parts of the Grand and Royal Canalsbetween 2001 and 2006.

Advocacy - Waterways Management Agency
The Heritage Council has drawn attention, on a number of occasions, to the crucial importance of a strategic plan and a co-ordinating agency to manage the country’s waterways, particularly in relation to flood management.

Climate Change Review
The Heritage Council and Fáilte Ireland commissioned this review to better inform policy, research and grant support. The main findings of the review is that the heritage of Ireland's coast is at particular risk, and that this will impact on tourism-related activities.

Boat Wash Literature Review
The impact of boat-wash on the natural and cultural heritage of Ireland’s waterways has been identified as an important issue in the Waterway Corridor Studies carried out to date. To further investigate this, the Heritage Council commissioned a literature review on research carried out to date and current practice in relation to boat-wash (2006).

 

Assessment - Pilot Rural Renewal Tax Scheme for Upr Shannon
The Heritage Council’s assessment of the Upper Shannon Tax Scheme focused on the resulting impact of increased development pressures on the heritage within the River Shannon Corridor and the implications for the planning and development system within this area.

Water Consultation Process 2001-04
In response to the publication of the EU's Water Framework Directive [pdf 867kb] in 2000 the Heritage Council established a working group of expert opinion on water quality. A consultative process seeking the public's view on Ireland's water was also undertaken and in 2004, the results of this consultative process were published in report form and a seminar was held to discuss its contents.

IRISH WALLED TOWNS NETWORK


Historic Towns Research
Many of Ireland’s historic towns have suffered significantly since the onset of the 2008 recession. This initiative promotes indigenous research connecting the work to the people who need it the most. We have done this in two main ways, the Historic Towns Research Awards and the connection of Irish towns to third level institute departments. 

Interpretation Plan Programme

IWTN has initiated a pilot programme which will undertake 'area-based' interpretation plans for the first time in Ireland. The draft plan for the medieval complex of Rinn Dúin, Co. Roscommon has already been published.

IWTN Education Initiative
This programme aims to develop a more sustainable bond between people living in medieval towns and the heritage that surrounds them. The programme is aimed at communities and professionals living within these towns.

LANDSCAPE

Landscape Character Assessment: CPD Training Course
This all-island, multi-disciplinary CPD training course has been of value to those whose professional work impinges on the Irish landscape. This includes planners, landscape architects, archaeologists, ecologists, architects and engineers.

Pilgrim Paths
The aim of this project was to develop a network of walking routes along medieval Pilgrim Paths in association with local communities.

 

Proposals for Ireland’s Landscapes
This document reflects new ideas regarding how we might manage, plan and conserve Ireland’s landscape into the future.

Landscape Character Assesment
This study provides recommendations for full LCA coverage in Ireland, reviews LCA methodologies and provides an overview of good practice in other EU member states.

Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace (LNT) is a code of outdoor ethics which promotes responsible behaviour for visitors to sites of natural, built and cultural interest.

The Beara Breifne Way
The Beara Breifne Way is an ambitious undertaking which has seen the development of a walking and cycling route along the spine of the country, from Beara in Co. Cork to Breifne in Co. Leitrim.

High Nature Value Farming
The Heritage Council has grant-aided the 'European Forum for Nature Conservation and Pastoralism' (EFNCP) to undertake work on high nature value (HNV) farming since 2010.

MARINE

Climate Change Review
The Heritage Council, along with Fáilte Ireland, commissioned this review to better inform policy, research and grant support. The main finding of the review is that the heritage of Ireland's coast is at particular risk, which will impact on tourism-related activity.

Heritage Council Maritime Heritage Leaflet Series
Over the past 5 years, the Heritage Council has commissioned and published seven  leaflets on little known aspects of Ireland’s maritime heritage. These range from land-based cultural heritage such as the Hook Peninsula to the lesser known inhabitants of the sea such as sharks and jellyfish.

Heritage & Traditional Boats
In 2007, the Heritage Council set up a working group on Maritime and Inland Waterways Collections which advises on how best to proceed with the recommendations of an Audit of Maritime Collections, published in 2006.

Marine & Coastal Heritage Directory
This web-based directory on marine and coastal heritage provides an information source for those initiating or taking part in projects in the coastal zone.

BiblioMara
In November 2002, the Heritage Council commissioned the Coastal and Marine Resources Centre (CMRC) in Cork to compile BiblioMara, an annotated, indexed bibliography on the cultural and built heritage of the Irish coastal zone.

Review of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) & Principles of Best Practice
In November 2002, the Heritage Council commissioned the Coastal and Marine Resources Centre (CMRC) in Cork to carry out a review of best practice in Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) at a national and international scale.

MUSEUMS & ARCHIVE

Museums Standards Programme for Ireland
This important initiative, with participants from a wide range of Irish collecting institutions, sets out to raise standards of care across Irish museums and galleries.

Conservation Internship Programme
The Heritage Council's annual Conservation Internship Programme is run in partnership with the Chester Beatty Library; the National Gallery of Ireland; the National Library of Ireland (NLI); and the Old Library, Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

PLANNING

Town Centre Health Checks
We are developing a ‘pilot’ trans-disciplinary National Town Centre Health Check (TCHC) Training Programme consisting of two workshops in September 2016 and February 2017 with surveys/mentoring period taking place during October–December 2016.

Village Design Statement Programme & Toolkit
The Heritage Council’s award winning National Community-led Village Design Statement (VDS) Programme and VDS Toolkit provides an opportunity for meaningful public participation in the Irish planning system.

National Planning Referral Programme
The National Planning Referral Programme aims to ensure that our national heritage, as defined by the Heritage Act 1995, is protected, preserved and enhanced by the Irish planning system.

Landscape Character Assessment: CDP Training Course
This CPD course will be of value to those whose professional work impinges on the Irish landscape, including planners, landscape architects, archaeologists, ecologists, architects and engineers. The course was conferred with the Irish Landscape Institute’s President’s Award in November 2009.

WILDLIFE

Hedgerow Appraisal System and National Hedgerow Database
Woodlands of Ireland, with its partners, have developed a Hedgerow Appraisal System to facilitate the description and assessment of hedgerows in Ireland. The development of this appraisal system and database was funded by the Heritage Council Grant’s Programme.

National Biodiversity Data Centre
The National Biodiversity Data Centre was established in January 2007. The centre is an initiative of the Heritage Council and is funded by the Heritage Council and the National Parks & Wildlife Service.

Local Biodiversity Action Plans
The Heritage Council works with the Dept. of the Environment, Community & Local Government and with Local Authorities around the country, assisting in the development of these plans and providing resources for their implementation.

Heritage Appraisal of Indicative Forest Strategies
This documents provides recommendations for Local Authorities in relation to the development of Indicative Forest Strategies.

National Bat Monitoring Pilot Programme
In 2003, the Heritage Council collaborated with the Bat Conservation Trust to develop and evaluate a bat detector-based monitoring project for Ireland.

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