Welcome to the Landscape Section, the Irish landscape is a living landscape in every sense of the word. It has and will continue to be used in an ever-changing variety of ways.

Welcome to Landscape

Rather than reiterating the evidence of the past, it is the Heritage Council's intent to set out a vision for the Irish landscape in the future. According to the Heritage Act, 1995 [pdf 96kb], 'landscape' includes areas, sites, vistas and features of significant scenic, archaeological, geological, historical, ecological or other scientific interest. Our vision is that the Irish landscape will be a dynamic, living landscape, one which accommodates the physical and spiritual needs of people, with the needs of nature in a harmonious manner, and as a result, bring long-term benefits to both.


Native Woodland Strategy is Launched

For the first time, a national Native Woodland Strategy 2016-2020 has been published, which sets out a comprehensive, multi-sector vision for Ireland’s native woodlands, and a chartered course for realising that vision. [more]

What's Next? Starting to Implement the National Landscape Strategy

In November 2015, a seminar was held in Dublin with the aim of exploring new developments in LCA and ways of implementing the National Landscape Strategy. [more]

Three of Ireland’s World Famous Landscapes have been Designated as UNESCO sites

Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark, Copper Coast Geopark and Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark are now all UNESCO Global Geoparks and can be regarded alongside other designations such as World Heritage Sites. [more]

Pictured are from L to R are: Declan Little, Woodlands of Ireland, Tom Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine with Special Responsibility for Food, Forestry, Horticulture and Food Safety, and John Madden, Forestry Inspector, Forest Service.

Native Woodland Scheme Launched

The Scheme targets the management of Ancient, Old and Emerging (scrub) native woodland and the establishment of new native woodlands on greenfield sites.


€1.8m in Funding for ‘Ireland’s Ancient East

Announcement of first phase of Fáilte Ireland capital investment for key attractions as well as funding for initial signage. [more]

We're off to Electric Picnic!

This year we are a newbie to the global green village. Come along to our heritage hub, share your story with us and help us create a community soundscape. Have a go at our giant picnic puzzle and win a chance to stay in a special...[more]

Results of Research on Heritage Awareness Released

Research carried out by Behaviour and Attitudes last month on behalf of the Heritage Council had some good news about people’s interest in and involvement in heritage locally. [more]

Forum to Turbo-charge static Landscape Strategy!

The National Landscape Forum is set to kick-start the recently launched if effectively ‘stalled before it started’ National Landscape Strategy with an interactive dynamic panel of speakers from Ireland and the UK.[more]

Register Your Event for Heritage Week

Register your event by 7th June for inclusion in our National Heritage Week Guide. [more]

The Heritage Council lobbies TDs and Senators for Greater Financial Support for Local Heritage Projects

On Wednesday 13th May,an Oireachtas Information Day was held for TDs and Senators from all over the country. [more]

CBH05296, West Cork Maritime Heritage Company have been awarded €3,500 for restoration of the only known sand boat in Ireland.

Heritage Council announces funding for 197 heritage projects nationwide

Our Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme supports the continuing conservation and development of Irish heritage through local community based groups[more]

Event registration for National Heritage Week 2015 is now open!

Ready, steady, go! Event registration for National Heritage Week 2015 is now open. [more]

County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016-2020 Have Your Say in the Future of our Heritage!

Sligo County Council, together with the County Sligo Heritage Forum, is preparing the third Heritage Plan for Sligo and is seeking your views on the key priorities and opportunities for Sligo’s heritage over the next five years.[more]

The Irish Forum on Natural Capital (IFNC) is launched

If you are interested in finding ways to make nature count in economic and political decision-making then register and get involved.[more]

Heritage Council Staff with Heather Humprhreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and John-Paul Phelan, TD.

Heritage Council Opens its Community Grant Scheme 2015

The Heritage Council intends to allocate the sum of €600,000 to its Community-based Heritage Grants Scheme in 2015.[more]

New Heritage Officer for County Leitrim

Aoife Mulacahy has been appointed Heritage Officer for County Leitrim. [more]

Have your say on the times for Cutting of hedges and burning of vegetation

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys is reviewing Section 40 of the Wildlife Act which sets the times for the cutting of hedges and burning of vegetation.[more]

New heritage tourism trail on the Wild Atlantic Way

Clare County Council, in partnership with Loop Head Tourism, The Heritage Council and Fáilte Ireland, launched the Loop Head and Kilkee Heritage Trail on the Wild Atlantic Way[more]

European Commission’s Natura 2000 Award opens for a second year of applications.

The annual award is open to any entity involved in activities related to Natura 2000. Local and national authorities, businesses, site managers, land owners, NGOs, educational institutions and individuals[more]

Heritage Council Seeks Sponsor for National Heritage Week

Would you like to sponsor the largest cultural event in Ireland with almost 1000 organisations and individuals involved in hosting 1800 unique events over 9 days?[more]

Preliminary Notice: Call for INSTAR Research Projects

We have issued a preliminary notice for a new INSTAR research call with a closing date of Friday 7th November 2014. The theme for projects is Landscape and Settlement. [more]

National Heritage Week kicks off This Weekend

Over the next eight days, over 400,000 people are expected to take part in National Heritage Week which runs from Saturday 23rd August until Sunday 31st August. This year a new record with over 1800 events are due to take place.[more]

Generations encouraged to explore Heritage Together during Heritage Week 2014

2014 marks the UN 20th Anniversary of the International Year of the Family. The theme for National Heritage Week 2014 is 'generations exploring heritage together’. Find out more about what events are happening in your area.[more]

Heritage Council welcomes the publication of the Draft National Landscape Strategy

The Heritage Council welcomes the publication of the Government’s Draft National Landscape Strategy by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on the 1st July. [more]

The Heritage Council launches Heritage Maps

Heritage Maps brings together heritage data from government departments, state agencies and local authorities to produce our wide range of data sets, many of which have never been shown publicly before![more]

New Heritage Course by Loophead Tourism Network

Loophead Tourism network have developed a training course which will enable participants to identify and utilise the heritage resources of their local area in the development of sustainable tourism products. [more]

New Report on the Onshore Windfarm Sector in Ireland produced by The Heritage Council

The Heritage Council as a national statutory body seeks to ensure that the development of the renewable energy sector in Ireland can be carried out in harmony with our unique and world-renowned national heritage.[more]

New Heritage Guide for Waterford’s Historic Coast

Historic Waterford —The Coast is a new Heritage Tourism Guide on the archaeology and built heritage of the Waterford Coastline from Cheekpoint to the Blackwater Estuary. [more]

Public Consultation on Renewable Energy Begins

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr Pat Rabbitte, T.D. announces the commencement of the first phase of public consultation on the proposed Renewable Energy Export Policy and Development Framework.[more]

Islands, Coast and Quarries: The Geological Heritage of Fingal

The 2012 print run quickly disappeared due to popular demand, but copies are now available and can be obtained free-of-charge from Fingal County Council:[more]

New Passage Tomb Discovery in the Boyne Valley

A passage-tomb was discovered in in Boyne Valley by the Heritage Council Funded ‘Boyne Valley Landscapes Project’, a collaborative research project led by researchers from University College Dublin and Dundalk Institute of...[more]

National Heritage Week 2013 set to reach record total with 1700 events nationwide

National Heritage Week 2013 which takes place nationwide from 17th — 25th August 2013, looks set to reach a record total of 1700 events this year, the majority of which will be FREE to attend[more]

Enjoy the outdoors responsibly, a message from Leave No Trace Ireland

Summer has arrived and as many thousands of people venture into the outdoors to enjoy our beautiful beaches, forests, parks, mountains and lakes, Leave No Trace Ireland is encouraging everyone to enjoy the outdoors responsibly.[more]

Lough Derg Heritage Trail Apps Apps, Brochures and DVDs just Launched

The app has detailed descriptions of trails around Lough Derg with all the points of interest along the way.[more]

74 International Blue Flag and 45 National Green Coast Awards announced for Ireland in 2013 with stricter bathing water quality standards

An Taisce have announced the International Blue Flag Award and the National Green Coast Award recipients for 2013. [more]

UCD launch Distance Learning courses on World Heritage Conservation

The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in World Heritage Conservation are part-time, online, distance learning courses.[more]

Down Survey of Ireland Website Launched

Undertaken in the years 1656-1658 by the Cromwellian regime, the Down Survey of Ireland is the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world! [more]

New Heritage Plan for County Monaghan

A new Heritage Plan for County Monaghan by Monaghan County Council was launched recently by Conor Newman, Heritage Council Chairman and Monaghan Mayor Cllr. Hugh McElvaney.[more]

Online Event Registration- Now open for Heritage Week

In the year of The Gathering, people are encouraged to get involved in National Heritage Week 2013 by organising an event in their community and showcase their local natural and cultural heritage[more]

3 Part TV Series on RTE- Secrets of the Irish Landscape

Derek Mooney, with the help of Praeger’s 1937 book ‘The Way That I Went’, will go on an epic journey around Ireland and Europe, looking back 20,000 years to unravel the true enigma surrounding Ireland’s unique and stunning eco...[more]

Call for Candidacies for the 6th European Greenways Award (EGA)

This biennial award will recognize examples of best practices in greenways under three categories: Excellence Awards, Exemplary initiatives & Tourism Product in Greenways.[more]


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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.


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