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Wildlife Weekend to celebrate Ireland’s natural heritage

The National Biodiversity Data Centre and The Heritage Council launched Ireland’s first-ever Wildlife Weekend today. The weekend will take place from 9-12 June.[more]

2016 SuperValu TidyTowns competition is now open for entries!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of SuperValu’s sponsorship of the competition. Now in its 58th year, the competition is administered by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. [more]

Chief Executive End of Year Message

As the year draws to a close, it is worth looking back and noting just a few of the highlights from the year. It was a busy and productive year as we celebrated our 20th Anniversary.[more]

Shackleton's Cabin Conservation & InterpretationRed Grouse Conservation ProjectStrokestown House Great Famine Archive ProjectBovinda Sea TrialsTemplecrone Church Conservation PlanDerry Walls Heritage Education ProjectSwift Conservation ProjectElphin Windmill Community Resource Development Project

Heritage Council Grant-Aided Projects 2015

In 2015, the Heritage Council offered grant assistance to the value of €547,000 to 197 fantastic heritage projects around the country. We've highlighted just 10 of those projects below to give you a flavour of the diverse...[more]

Heritage Council Launches Adopt a Monument Scheme

The Heritage Council is currently seeking applications from community groups across Ireland to participate in the inaugural year of the Adopt a Monument Ireland scheme. [more]

Survey of Irish Museums 2015

This is the first time in over a decade that a comprehensive survey of Irish museums has taken place. The survey is administrated online and the deadline for completing it is Monday, 21 December 2015.[more]

Dublinia Heritage Course - Places Still Available

The Dublinia Heritage Project is a combined training and work experience course. It is eleven months in duration, with 12 training places available. The participants are trained to become tour guides and benefit from work...[more]

Appointments to the Board of the Heritage Council

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is seeking to appoint up to 14 suitably experienced and qualified candidates to sit on the board of the Heritage Council.[more]

Call for Applications for Archaeology Research Excavation Grants

The Royal Irish Academy have issued a call for applications for archaeological research excavations grants. [more]

Carrickmines Castle

Public Consutlation: Draft Carrickmines Castle Conservation Plan 2015 - 2025

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council are seeking comments from the public on the Carrickmines Castle Draft Conservation Plan. [more]

The Heritage Council Celebrates 20 Years

Achievements celebrated and ambitious goals set for Ireland's heritage as Heritage Council celebrates 20 years with Guest of Honour President Michael D. Higgins.


The SuperValu TidyTowns competition for 2015 has been officially launched by Ann Phelan, T.D., Minister of State for Rural Affairs and Mr. Martin Kelleher, Managing Director of SuperValu, sponsors of the competition

Enter now for the 2015 Tidy Towns and the Heritage Award

The SuperValu TidyTowns competition for 2015 has been officially launched. The Heritage Award is sponsored by the Heritage Council recognises projects that benefit local heritage. [more]


Brú na Bóinne draft Management Plan 2015-2025: Call for Submissions

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Office of Public Works now invite the public to make submissions in relation to the draft Management Plan 2015-2025 for the Brú na Bóinne - Archaeological Ensemble of...[more]

Call for Papers on Weather Beaten Archaeology Conference

The first of its kind. The Conference aims to establish a forum for the exchange of experiences of extreme weather events and their impact on archaeological sites.[more]

New Children's Wildlife TV Series on RTE

Shutterbugs is a new ten part series for RTÁ‰jr combining wildlife, wild places, photography and adventure! The series is presented by wildlife expert and photography enthusiast John Lusby.[more]

County Meath Heritage Plan Public Consultation August 2014

The County Meath Heritage Forum, facilitated by the Heritage Office of Meath County Council, is preparing its second Heritage Plan for the county and is looking for your views.[more]

Get involved European Land Stewardship Week 26th September-5th October

Are you part of a conservation organisation, public agency, land-stewardship organisation, outdoors association, research centre, school, or youth association?[more]

Call for Entries: Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2015

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is Europe’s most prestigious prize in the heritage field. Every year, it honours the most outstanding heritage achievements from all over Europe.[more]

Call For Applications to Join The European Cultural Parliament Youth Network (ECP YN)

A Pan-European Network of young art — and culture related professionals. The mission is to boost the value of the Arts and Culture across Europe and to give youth a voice[more]

Call for Sustainable Energy Communities

Have you worked on sustainable energy projects or partnerships at a local level? Then you could showcase your community’s achievements and put it on the map through the Sustainable Energy Awards 2014. [more]

Applications Invited for the Atlantic Summer School

Applications are now invited for the Atlantic Summer School 2014 to be held on-board the Irish National Research Vessel RV Celtic Explorer from 11th to 17th September 2014[more]

Call for Submissions & Photographs for The County Clare Biodiversity Plan

Clare County Council are seeking submissions and photographs from the public for The Draft Clare Biodiversity Action Plan 2014-2017, currently on public display. [more]

Spring Alive: tell us when you see a Swallow, Swift or Cuckoo

Our returning migrant birds are well on their way. Keep an eye out for your first Swallows, Swifts and Cuckoos of the year and let Spring Alive know when you see them. [more]

New Bird Hide for Dundalk

The new bird hide at Lurgangreen will allow you to get up close and personal with more than 60 different types of birds. [more]

Enter Now for The Tidy Towns 2014 and the Heritage Award

Call for entries for the 2014 Supervalu TidyTowns Competition and the Heritage Award (Sponsored by The Heritage Council).[more]

On March 31st 2014 the inaugural Pilgrim Paths Day was launched by legendary sports commentator, Micheál O’Muircheartaigh, in the auspicious surroundings of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

Thousands expected to retrace their ancestral heritage to mark the inaugural National Pilgrim Paths Day

On Saturday 19th April thousands are expected to retrace their ancestral heritage as they take to Ireland’s ancient pilgrim paths to celebrate the inaugural National Pilgrim Paths Day. [more]

Adult Gooseander about to fly from nest Box

Another Exciting Series of Living the Wildlife Starts Tuesday 18th March

Join Emmy Award winning cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson as he travels to the four corners of Ireland, meeting a host of interesting characters and fascinating species from the largest gathering of basking sharks off Malin Head...[more]

Organise an Event for National Tree Week

National Tree week takes place from 2-8 March. The Tree Council of Ireland invites you to organise one or more events for the week.[more]

Have your say in the Future of Donegal's Heritage

Donegal's new County Heritage Plan is currently being prepared. Anyone with an interest in the heritage of County Donegal is invited to make a submission.[more]

Grants Available from the Castle Studies Trust

Grants will initially focus on new work on castles such as architectural and geophysical surveys or scientific tests such as radio-carbon dating as well as projects to enhance the general public’s understanding of castles such as...[more]

Bog Standard’, a short environmental animation wins Best Film in the Under 18’s Category at the Blackrock Animation Film Festival

Bog Standard’, a short environmental animation from the Pure Wicked Training Programme, won Best Film in the Under 18’s Category at the Blackrock Animation Film Festival on Saturday night (12th October). [more]

Course: Tour Guide

The Dublinia Heritage Project is a combined training and work experience course. It is eleven months in duration, with thirty training places available. The participants are trained to become tour guides and benefit from work...[more]

Applications invited for REPS 4 Farm Buildings Grant Scheme

REPS 4 farmers are invited to make applications for a grant for the conservation and repair of their traditional farm buildings.[more]

Call for Nominations for the Historic Towns Research Awards

The Historic Towns Research Award is awarded by the Irish Walled Towns Network to one final year degree student and one taught masters student whose dissertation or thesis has skilfully explored issues into making Ireland’s...[more]

Heritage Council urges Government to provide funding for community grants

At a briefing day today for members of the Oireachtas, the Heritage Council will outline the impact of deep budget cuts on the heritage sector and made a call for increased state investment in heritage. [more]

Win a place in the Chamber at Newgrange for the Winter Solsitice

Enter the Art Competition for primary and post-primary schools students to win a place in the chamber at the 2013 winter solstice at Newgrange on December 21st.


Volunteers Wanted to promote Heritage Week in your County

Get involved and promote Heritage Week in your County by becoming a County Ambassador.[more]

Special Pre-Publication offer on Bird Atlas 2007-2011

The Most Important British and Irish Bird Book for Decades is coming out this Autumn. Birdwatch Ireland have announced a great pre-publication offer.[more]

Public Consultation: The Dalkey Island Conservation Plan

The Dalkey Island Conservation Plan is out for consultation at present until 6 August 2013.[more]

Architects in Schools Initiative

Architects and Architecture Graduates wanted for the Irish Architecture Foundation's "Architects in Schools Initiative"[more]

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches Beara-Breifne Way Heritage Stamps and Walking Passport

The Beara-Breifne Way project is the largest community based project undertaken in the country, involving twelve local walking trails in ten counties and four provinces.


Call for papers by Irish Museums Association

The IMA are seeking papers in the Education & Outreach area for their Education & Outreach Forum which takes place in July. [more]

Minister Deenihan announces €475,000 in funding under the Structures at Risk Fund, 2013

Minister Deenihan announces €475,000 in funding under the Structures at Risk Fund, 2013 which will be administered through Local Authorities[more]

Desmond Guinness Scholarship- Irish Georgian Society

The Desmond Guinness Scholarship is awarded annually by the Irish Georgian Society to an applicant or applicants, either resident in Ireland or registered for a degree in Ireland[more]

Greater Horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum)

New Bat Species Recorded in Ireland

We are very excited to hear of the discovery of a new bat species in Ireland, a male Greater Horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) as a result of an inspection of a building under our REPS4 traditional farm buildings grant....[more]

Tara Brooch (8th Century) on display at the National Museum of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects

The 100 objects app and e-book is a free gift from the government and is available now until 31st March. It is a beautiful and valuable resource.


Great milestone for the Ireland Reaching Out Diaspora Programme.

Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) announces today that it now has a volunteer network across all 32 counties of Ireland.[more]

Irish Landscape Institute (ILI) — National Conference & Lecture Series 2012

Papers given by Alison Harvey at The Irish Landscape Institute National Conference and Lecture Series 2012.[more]

Joint Research Call for Cultural Heritage Research by The Joint Heritage European Programme (JHEP)

The Joint Heritage European Programme (JHEP) has launched a Joint Research Call for Cultural Heritage Research. The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has allocated...[more]

VDS Toolkit: Model for implementation of the UNECE Aarhus Convention

The Dept. of Environment, Community & Local Gevernment has formally requested the use of the Heritage Council's Community-led Village Design Statement (VDS) Toolkit to demonstrate the implementation of the UNECE Aarhus Convention...[more]

Minister Deenihan Launches the Historic Towns Initiative

At the launch, Michael Starrett, Chief Executive at the Heritage Council stated that the objective of the scheme is to facilitate and empower local communities to reach their potential through support and capacity building.[more]

Heritage Council now on Pinterest

We've been busy pinning lots of lovely stuff to our boards on Pinterest. Great images from Architecture, Archaeology, Antiquities and more! [more]

Life + Call for Proposals 2013

The Seventh LIFE+ call for proposals was published on 19 February, 2013, with up to €278 million available for co-financing of projects.[more]

Pictured Left to Right : Brid Horan Executive Director Services & Electric Ireland, Mr Michael Starrett Chief Executive & Gráinne Shaffrey The Heritage Council and Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise O'Muirí.Pictured Left to Right: Brid Horan Executive Director ESB Services & Electric Ireland, Peadar Ward National Maritime Museum, Dr Ron Cox IHAI Pictured Left to Right: Brid Horan Executive Director ESB Services & Electric Ireland, Dr Edward Whelan, Jacqui Hayes, Dr Dominique Bouchard & Norman Campion IHAI.Pictured Left to Right : Naoise Ó Muirí Lord Mayor of Dublin, Dr Fred Hamond and Brid Horan Executive Director Services & Electric Ireland.

Industrial Heritage Association National Awards

The Heritage Council wins Outstanding Leadership Award at the Industrial Heritage Association Awards.[more]

National Heritage Week 2013: 17th-25th August!

We’re already very excited about National Heritage Week 2013! Building on the momentum of The Gathering, we’ve just developed a great new brochure about the week, which is aimed at the over-seas tourist market.[more]

Heritage in Schools Scheme 2013 now Taking Bookings

The Heritage Council is taking over the administration of the Heritage in Schools Scheme in-house from February 2013. Teachers will be able to book Heritage Specialists for a school visit online at www.heritageinschools.ie from...[more]

Sad Passing of Billy Colfer

Over the past weekend many of us were saddened to learn of the death of Dr Billy Colfer. Billy was a member of the Heritage Council from 2005 — 2010.[more]

Rich Arts & Heritage Audio Content at Podcast.ie

A great new website has been set up at www.podcasts.ie which delivers high-quality, free audio content from Irish writers of poetry, prose and song as well as radio documentaries and story telling about Irish culture, heritage...[more]

Heritage Council now on LinkedIn

The Heritage Council now has a profile page on LinkedIn. We'll be posting industry-related news, events and opportuities on the page, making it easier for you to share updates with your network.[more]

Castle Roche, Co. Louth.

Heritage the most significant reason for visiting County Louth: New Report

This report presents the findings of the Co. Louth Visitor Survey 2012 conducted between June and August 2012. By far the most popular reason for visiting the county was to visit Heritage Sites at 18%. [more]

Greenfinch showing signs of Trichomoniasis: note its ragged appearance and the matted feathers on its face (Photo: Cóilín MacLochlainn)

BirdWatch Ireland warns of spread of garden bird disease

This winter, BirdWatch Ireland has seen an increase in reports of birds suffering from Trichomoniasis, with Greenfinches being the hardest hit. BirdWatch have some advice on how to prevent the spread of the disease.[more]

Juliette Condon: 'My Back Yard'Victoria Douglas: 'The Life of a Country Girl'Rosemary Emma Murphy: 'The Loughcrew Stones'

ICOMOS Ireland Photo Competition 2012: Winners Announced!

The competition invited amateur photographers, of all ages, to go out and try to 'capture' and explain their ‘moment’ in the wonderful diversity of the Irish countryside. [more]

National Rollout of Ireland Reaching Out

Ireland Reaching Out, the National “Reverse” Genealogy Programme launched by An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD in 2012 held a training and information day for its newly appointed regional 'animators' to drive the programme forward for...[more]

Eamoin de Buitléar, courtesy NUI Galway.

Á‰amon De Buitléar: An appreciation of his contribution to the work of the Heritage Council

The passing of Á‰amon De Buitléar is greatly regretted by staff and members of the Heritage Council. Eamon was appointed to the first Board of the National Heritage Council in the early nineties.[more]

New walking app puts 400 walking & cycle trails at your fingertips!

The new iPhone app has details of more than 400 walking and cycling trails around Ireland, and will make it much easier for everyone to get out and enjoy one of Ireland’s many recreational trails.[more]

Education Assistant: St. Patrick's Cathedral - Internship

This is a 9 month internship under the Jobbridge scheme. The intern will work in the Cathedral's Education Department, whose primary purpose is to encourage learning in and about Saint Patricks.[more]

The Fulbright Specialist Awards - Open for Applicants

The Fulbright Commission of Ireland is seeking expressions of interest from Irish institutions to bring a Fulbright Specialist to their institution for two to six weeks.[more]

Irish Landmark Trust — Intern Position

Irish Landmark wishes to recruit an intern, who will report to the Executive Director, to support this work for a nine month period. The internship will be part of the 2into3 not-for-profit internship scheme (www.2into3.com) and...[more]

Senior Programme Officer Protected Areas Information Coordinator

As Protected Areas Information Co-ordinator, you will take responsibility for leading the activities of the PA information systems team, managing external relationships with data providers and partners and coordinating the...[more]

Chief Executive Officer: The Discovery Programme

The CEO will be the overall manager and co-ordinator of the staff and assets of the organisation. He/she will be the primary spokesperson and communicator for the organisation. He/she will also be expected to foster excellent...[more]

European Funding Call for Cultural Heritage Research Projects

The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Dept. of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, has allocated €100,000 towards this call for cultural heritage research projects.[more]

IUCN World Parks Congress

A new opportunity has arisen for two talented individuals to make their mark on the future of protected areas globally, and that is to help IUCN and the host country Australia, to prepare for the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 to...[more]

Delphi Valley, Mayo. After people, our landscapes are our biggest seller internationally.

Heritage Council Chief Executive Warns of Impact of Budget Cuts

In an opinion piece in the Irish Times, Michael Starrett argues that lack of investment in our heritage will have a severe impact on our tourism product. [more]

Environmental Remote Sensing Role

This is a pre-call announcement. The 2.3 year contract will be based in Dublin and will form part of larger study (IdealHNV, funded by DAFM through the RSF) looking at the distribution of High Nature Value farmland habitats in...[more]

Postdoctoral Researcher Ecologist: Sligo IT

The appointee will conduct research in the area of High Nature Value Farmland, with particular emphasis on ground truthing of remote sensing data; development of farm and field-scale decision support tools; socio-economic and...[more]

Sonnets for the Cradle

CD released by Kilkenny artists feauturing best-loved lullabies and sonnets put to music.[more]

Wicklow Heritage Forum: New Website

A beautiful new website has been set up by the Wicklow Heritage Forum. Set up as an online community heritage archive, the site will store and showcase Wicklow's rich natural, built and cultural heritage. This is an open access...[more]

Heritage Research Assistant Internship: Monaghan Co Co

The intern will gain practical experience in the heritage sector and learn how to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to projects. [more]

Innovative Travel App launched for Youghal, Co. Cork

The Heritage Council and Youghal Town Council are delighted to announce the launch of an innovative and comprehensive native iPhone App complete with four separate tours. [more]

The Tomb of St. Nicholas featured on Nationwide

According to local legend, the tomb of St. Nicholas is thought to be found in grounds of Newtown Jerpoint, an abandoned Medieval town on the banks of the River Nore. Nationwide recently visited the site.[more]

Heritage Council Grant Programme Suspended for 2013

Regrettably, due to additional budget cuts for 2013, the Heritage Council will not be in a position to advertise grants for the coming year. Core aspects of our national heritage infrastructure will not be affected.[more]

Christmas Message from the Chief Executive

The Chief Executive reviews what has been a challenging yet affirming year for the Heritage Council and the communities it supports, and outlines both the challenges and opportunities facing the sector in 2013. [more]

Call for Papers: The 2nd Heritage Forum of Central Europe

The 2nd Heritage Forum of Central Europe will be running a conference on The Limits of Heritage on 12-14 June 2013 in Krakow, Poland. Researchers, professionals and postgraduate students are invited to submit abstracts of up to...[more]

Designation of New Marine Special Areas of Conservation

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today proposed six new marine sites for designation as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) to protect marine habitats and species listed on the 1992 EU...[more]

Soil Analyst Internship: Teagasc - Wexford

The intern will gain practical experience in execution of laboratory analyses using gas chromatography, preparation of soil samples for chemical and gas analyses using international standard methodologies. [more]

Head of Ecological Assessment, National Parks & Wildlife Service - Dublin

The person appointed to the position of Head of Ecological Assessment will have a key responsibility for building relationships with Government Departments, State agencies, local government, infrastructure providers as well as...[more]

Lawping chicks at Annagh Marsh, Co. Mayo - a grant-aided project from 2011. Kilmallock Walled-Towns Day, grant-aided in 2011.

Grants 2013: Message from the Heritage Council’s Chief Executive

By this time of year, Council would traditionally have advertised its grant programme for 2013. This helps everyone who benefits from the grants to apply early and for Council to award the grants at the beginning of the New Year.[more]

The Atlas of the Great Irish Famine wins Best Irish-published Book Award

The Atlas seeks to achieve a greater understanding of the Famine, and includes contributions from over 60 scholars from the arts, folklore, geography, history, archaeology, Irish and English languages and literatures. [more]

Tender - Audit of Lace in Ireland

This audit will be carried out in Ireland and will assist in any planning for regional or national textile and lace collections policy, and for the conservation and preservation of different lace types.[more]

CHARISMA: Call for Applications

CHARISMA is calling for applications for transnational access to top museum and research facilities under the projects ARCHLAB, FIXLAB and MOLAB.[more]

Two Contract Roles with Laois Partnership

Laois Partnership is seeking tenders from appropriately qualified and experienced individuals or organisations to assist in the delivery of initiatives related to The Gathering and to Ireland Reaching Out.[more]

National Library & RDS: Shared Histories - Online exhibition

National Library of Ireland and the RDS Library bring their shared histories to life with the launch of an exciting online exhibition for Library Ireland Week. [more]

Heritage Council Retains Independence

The Heritage Council welcomes the findings of the Critical Review under the Public Service Reform Programme and in particular the Government’s recognition of the value and complementary nature of the Heritage Council’s ongoing...[more]

Success for Irish Red Grouse on Boleybrack Mountain!

The recent annual survey of the Boleybrack Red Grouse Project counted at least 85 grouse on Boleybrack Mountain this autumn. This compares to only three calling Red Grouse males encountered when the project first started in 2007....[more]

Sincere Condolences to the Family of Niall Doherty

The Heritage Council has sadly learned of the tragic death of Niall Doherty - son of Eileen Doherty - a prominent member and former Chair of Roscrea Tidy Towns Committee and also member of the Steering Group for the Roscrea Town...[more]

Glasnevin Trust - Museum Assistant

The Museum Assistant will be the first person to meet visitors to Glasnevin Museum. The Museum Assistant will provide a professional, friendly and courteous service to all patrons.[more]

The Gathering Local Community Fund - Closing Date 30th November

The key objective of the Fund is to provide support to local & community Gathering event organisers and activities/ projects which will drive international visitors to each county/ city in the Rep. of Ireland. The Fund is being...[more]

New Legislation regarding importation of Ash Wood

The Heritage Council is extremely concerned by the discovery of Ash Die Back Disease - 'Chalara fraxinea' in Ireland and welcomes efforts made to minimise the risk of further imports of infected ash products by the Dept. of...[more]

European Tour Operators Visit Ireland's Waterways

Fáilte Ireland, in association with Waterways Ireland, today welcomed over fifteen top overseas angling & cruising tour operators from Germany, France, The Netherlands & the UK to a one-day Lakelands & Inland Waterways...[more]

Invitation to RIAI Members: Visit Sustainable Building in Austria

Advantage Austria Dublin invites RIAI members to take part in a 3-day fact finding trip to Innsbruck & Vienna, from 26 to 28 Nov 2012, supported by go-international, an export promoting initiative by the Federal Ministry of...[more]

Two New Monuments & Heritage Websites Launched

The websites highlight national monuments & heritage buildings that are open to the public but are not so well known. They are also intended to encourage tourists to visit locations that might not otherwise be on their...[more]

Norman Settlement of Rindoon Featured on Winning Streak

Liam Mannix, who runs the Heritage Council's Irish Walled Towns Network was recently on Winning Streak to talk about the unique Norman settlement of Rindoon in Co. Roscommon.[more]

Call to Submit Invasive Species Projects

Invasive Species Ireland are gathering information on projects around the country which are tackling invasive species. If you are currently undertaking a project, or have already completed one, the Heritage Council encourages you...[more]

Building Conservation: Project Officer Internship

The intern will gain practical experience in the analysis of planning issues relating to the built heritage of Donegal, engaging with the public and community development, cross referencing mapping information, compiling...[more]

New online Guide for the River Shannon Region

A new website has been developed which has lots of useful info for a trip to the Shannon area. Info includes village guides, accomodation listings, entertainment highlights, history and heritage info and much more.[more]

Have you Subscribed to our RSS Feeds!

We upload the most recent news, events & opportunities from across the heritage sector to our website on a daily basis. Just add our newsfeeder as a bookmark to your browser with one click to get our updates delivered directly![more]

National Community-Led Village Design Statement (VDS) Toolkit Launched

The toolkit sets out a step-by-step guide to undertaking a community-led VDS in Ireland, using a collaborative & participative process. It has been developed in accordance with the UNECE Aarhus Convention & the European Landscape...[more]

RIA Excavation Grants: Application Deadline 7th November 2012

The Academy Committee for Archaeology of the Royal Irish Academy has the responsibility of allocating and administering the funds for research excavation provided annually by the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht...[more]

Two New Dublin City of Science Walking Tours Launched!

Did you know ... that Dublin algebra helped to land a man on the Moon?! That an Irish physicist shared the Nobel Prize for splitting the atom? These are just some of the many Irish inventions and discoveries featured in two, new...[more]

The Award Presentation: (left to right) Liam Lysaght, Director of the National Biodiversity Data Centre; Naomi Kingston, Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht; Cliona O’Brien, the Heritage Council and Andy Day, Compass Informatics.

National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC) Wins IRLOGI Award

The Centre, established by the Heritage Council has won the 'Business Case & Return on Investment' Award. NBDC delivers innovation in technology, data management and shared management services in a sector which is worth €6.4...[more]

Fulbright Awards

The deadline is 14th November 2012 for applications for Student Awards, Fulbright Scholar & Professional Awards and Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) Awards.[more]

Heritage & Health: Heritage Council's November Ezine

The theme for the November issue of the Heritage Council's ezine is ‘Heritage & Health’. The issue will include articles by Professor Kevin Leyden, NUIG; Dr Helen Chatterjee, University College London; Anna Maria Palacios, COHAB...[more]

L-R: Henry Healy, Mike Feerick, both of Ireland XO together with Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Michael D. Starrett, CEO of The Heritage Council, and Imelda Rey from The Gathering 2013.

Partnership Announced - The Gathering 2013 & Ireland Reaching Out

Supported by the Heritage Council, the Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) programme is an award-winning national community programme that works with parishes across Ireland connecting them with their diaspora worldwide.[more]

The photo entitled ‘Poolbeg at Dusk’ which won the Adult Category (21+) was taken by Alex Kearns from Finglas.

National Heritage Week Photo Comp 2012 Winners Announced!!!

Congratulations ALEX KEARNS from Finglas - Adult Group; DEARBHAILE O'BOYLE aged 13 from Belfast - Youth Group and KATIE FEENEY aged 11 from Co. Galway for the Junior Group!!! [more]

Follow Us on Facebook!

We bring you lots on interesting updates, pics and opportunities through our Facebook page www.facebook.com/theheritagecouncil visit us now and have a browse around![more]

REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme - Now Open

Grants are available to carry out approved conservation works to the exterior of farm outbuildings and associated structures. Applications must be received before 5pm, Friday 26th October 2012.[more]

Dublin City Council Adopts 1st 'Public Realm Strategy'

The strategy aims to improve Dublin’s attractiveness to those who live, work in or visit the city by agreeing standards for how the public realm is planned, designed and managed. [more]

The Dublinia Heritage Course

The Dublinia Heritage Course is a Fetac Level 5 Major award in Cultural and Heritage studies. Operating from Dublinia it is a combined training and work experience course which is eleven months in duration and has 24 places...[more]

ICOMOS Ireland Amateur Photography Competition

To celebrate '2012: International Year of the Rural Landscape' ICOMOS Ireland invites you to submit a photograph of an Irish rural scene. 1st Prize €400![more]

Project Manager - Townlands & Fieldnames Research Project

A project manager is sought for a four-month period to undertake a research project for The Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust. [more]

Buncrana Lighthouse, Co. Donegal.Sandymount Village Design Statement.Bere Island Aquaculture Co-Op at work.

TidyTowns Heritage Awards 2012!!!

Buncrana Lighthouse, Co. Donegal has won 1st Prize at the TidyTowns Heritage Awards 2012. A number of other Heritage Council-supported communities also won awards.[more]

ARTS & BUSINESS - Call for applications for a funded study-visit

The trip will take place between Nov. 6th—16th 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts & Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Up to 10 relevant policy makers, artistic directors, educators, financiers, & community art organisers from Ireland & N. Ireland...[more]

UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme 2013

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme has the pleasure to announce the 2013 call for applications. The Programme promotes the mobility of young artists through art residencies abroad. This call is open to creative...[more]

Coordinated response needed to save Ireland’s breeding Curlews

BirdWatch Ireland surveys have shown that the breeding population of one of our nation’s most iconic birds, the Eurasian Curlew, has declined severely in recent years: there are now probably fewer than 200 nesting pairs left in...[more]

EEA Photo-Story Competition: ImaginAIR

The European Environment Agency (EEA) is excited to announce its new photo story competition ImaginAIR, giving you a chance to show the impact of air in your part of Europe.[more]

Medieval Church Survey - County Clare

Ireland's wet climate and the spread of ivy are taking a toll on the country’s medieval churches, according to a new survey carried out in Co Clare.[more]

Community-led Village Design Statement 'Toolkit' Launch & Workshop

The new National Community-led Village Design Statement (VDS) ‘Toolkit’ will also be launched on the day and will provide the basis of the workshop.[more]

Open House Dublin 2012 - Call for Volunteers!

Open House Dublin 2012 is looking for volunteers to help at this year’s event, 5th—7th October.[more]

Call for Papers on Flood Protection and Heritage Conservation on Rivers and Streams

International Scientific Colloquium to take place in Dresden, Germany on 22-23 March 2013.[more]

Going Live - New Wildlife Website for Ireland

Besides the rain, what do the largest and smallest land mammals have in common this summer in Ireland?[more]

New Collective Opportunities - Outcome of the 'Heritage as an Engine' workshop, Mayo

For Suzanne O'Brien, Marketing & Sales Manager, Mulranny Park Hotel, the networking opportunities created during the Mayo workshop allowed her to make contact with a number of walking tour guides. The Mulranny Park Hotel is now...[more]

National Wetlands Study Survey

National Inventory of the Wetland Resources of Ireland, Birdwatch Ireland, with the Irish Ramsar Wetlands Committee and support from EPA STRIVE funding, has developed a short survey to capture key details of wetland studies...[more]

National Heritage Week Needs You!

The Heritage Council ‘County Ambassador Volunteer Programme’ seeks to recruit volunteers in every county. [more]

Taoiseach launches plan to double Ireland's Ocean Wealth

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD, today (Tuesday July 31st) launched a Government plan to double the value of Ireland's ocean wealth to 2.4% of GDP by 2030.[more]

Walls 400! Amateur Photographic Competition 2012

The Foyle Camera Club and the Holywell Trust today announced the Walls 400! Amateur Photographic Competition 2012. Entrants are invited to submit photos of the City Walls which best reflect the theme ‘Derry’s Historic City Walls...[more]

'Ireland XO' set to expand in the Shannon Region

Over 376 mid-west parish communities throughout the Shannon region are being targeted to take part in an innovative programme to identify and reunite their local parish diaspora abroad.[more]

Irish Research Council (IRC) - Employment Based Postgraduate Programme 2012

This programme offers researchers the opportunity to complete a Masters or PhD degree in UCD while employed by a private company or public organisation based in the Republic of Ireland.[more]

Luca O'Shea & Elisha Stanley get Hector in a tight spot at the launch of Heritage Week 2012! Dr. Kenneth Milne, Christ Church Cathedral Historian.Pat Liddy, Dublin Historian.

Hector Sets the Bells of Christ Church Ringing as he launches National Heritage Week 2012!!!

There are over 1,400 events registered to date, the majority of which are FREE! ... Explore Athlone Masonic Hall, take an Indian dance workshop, walk through hurling history or celebrate the 842nd Anniversary of Strongbow’s...[more]

Limited facsimile edition of 'The Trees of Great Britain and Ireland'

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the Society of Irish Foresters plans to publish a limited facsimile edition of Elwes and Henry’s masterpiece.[more]

Recently Launched Abarta Audio Guides

A new website that provides downloadable mp3 guides to historical and cultural sites in Ireland.[more]

Funding for the Built Environment - Government Policy on Architecture

Important opportunity for funding to charities, academic institutions, local authorities, and professional organisations working on Built Environment projects.[more]

Sad Passing of Chris Whitfield, Ecorys UK

The Heritage Council, on behalf of the heritage sector in Ireland, would like to extend its sincere condolences to Chris Whitfield’s family, friends and colleagues on his recent and untimely passing. [more]

NBDC launch On-line Data Submission Forms

If you're out and about and spot something of interest ... log on to the site and have it recorded![more]

Heritage Council Launches Annual Report 2011

The Heritage Council has today launched their 2011 Annual Report detailing the role the Council has played in delivering a range of social and economic benefits to communities across Ireland, in particular supporting employment...[more]

Mayor 'Turns the Sod' on Heritage Council HQ Archaeological Dig

Investigations in 2011 found early medieval artefacts of antlers and bone and evidence of a comb-maker’s workshop - indications of the first urban settlement in the city of Kilkenny. [more]

© Hans Kwaspen

Golden Mile Competition 2012 - SlÁ Dhúlra na Gaillimhe 2012

A chance for your town, community, or local area to show and share your best motorways.[more]

Heritage Sites in Dublin - New Family 'Passport' Scheme!

St Patrick’s Cathedral recently launched a new scheme called 'Passport to Family Learning' which allows FREE entry to a number of heritage sites around Dublin this summer. [more]

Artist Highlights Endagered Irish Species through Glass

Aoife Quinn has just graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a BDes in Craft Design.[more]

Conservation Internship - The Chester Beatty Library

The Chester Beatty Library is now accepting applications for the 2012/13 Conservation Internship, [more]

Adult Lawping (Scotland), photo John Carey.Lawping chicks in nest at Annagh Marsh, photo Paul Troake.

Annagh Marsh Fox Fence Success!

The fox fence at Annagh Marsh which was supported by the Heritage Council and Fiontar Chomhraic Teo is proving a great success![more]

irishenvironment.com - June 2012 Issue

The June issue of the online resource - Irish Environment has just been published with a new design which includes a search function, Blog, Twitter and Facebook. [more]

The Institute of Archaeologists - Photographic Competition 2012

A picture tells a thousand words ... and can reveal telling details about our archaeological heritage and the process of investigating and recording it. [more]

Call to Protect Against Invasive Species

Help protect the Irish waterways by getting familiar with invasive species and by routinely inspecting and disinfecting equipment.[more]

Going Wild in Roscommon! Two New Publications Launched

Two new Roscommon Biodiversity Publications launched during National Biodiversity Week.[more]

Call for Abstracts - 2nd All Ireland Mammal Symposium

This is the first call for abstracts for oral presentations and posters for the 2nd All Ireland Mammal Symposium (AIMS2012) which will be held on the 26th & 27th October 2012 an the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland. [more]

The Wood Quay Venue shortlisted for RIAI Awards 2012

The winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on the 21st of June 2012. The works were grant-assisted by the Heritage Council.[more]

Public Consultation: Have your say on how to harness Ireland's Ocean Wealth

The Government is undertaking a public consultation as part of the development of an Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland. [more]

UCD Scholarship - Doctoral Research - Urban Resilience & Sustainability

UCD School of Architecture is pleased to offer a scholarship to fund full-time doctoral research in the area of Urban Resilience and Sustainability. [more]

National Heritage Week 2012 - Don't forget to register by 31st May!

This year the Heritage Council is focusing on promoting Ireland's wonderful built heritage and are encouraging owners of historic properties to open their doors as part of the celebrations.[more]

MA Arts & Heritage Management 2012/13- WIT

The closing date for the 2012/13 Academic Year is 15th June 2012. This course is a unique Level 9 programme which aims to provide graduates and professionals with management training in the area of cultural administration.[more]

Ballina Salmon Weir, Winner of the 2011 TidyTowns Heritage Award.

TidyTowns Heritage Award 2012 - Closing Date 25th May

The Heritage Award seeks to promote a greater awareness of the value of our heritage to our quality of life and to sustainable economic development. [more]

The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna reopens

The Centre reopens from the 1st April 2012 and will be open 7 days per week until 30th September 2012.[more]

Your Place or Mine? - Conference Video Clips & Presentations now on line

If you didn't make it to the conference last week, video clips of each speaker's presentation are available to view along with PDFs of each speaker's Powerpoint presentation. [more]

Boyne - Amateur Photography Competition 2012

This is your opportunity to capture in a photograph the beauty of the Boyne as it flows through Counties Meath and Louth. We are looking for photographs on: Heritage Sites Events and Festivals Landscape, Plants and Wildlife. [more]

Historic Scotland invites applications for Advisory Committee Members

Members with specific expertise in and professional knowledge of either archaeology or historic buildings are being sought.[more]

5th class students from Skryne National School, Co. Meath displayed their interpretation of the local Tara landscape with a stained glass window.

Heritage Council hosts conference to mark World Heritage Day 2012

The conference highlighted the need for local community involvement in heritage presentation and interpretation.[more]

National Heritage Week 2012!

National Heritage Week 2012 takes place nationwide from the 18th — 26th August and event registration will commence mid-April so now is the time to plan what it is you’d like to do to take part in the week.[more]

May On Our Doorstep - Celebration of traditional May Day Customs in Ireland

The Country Life Museum and the Linenhall Arts Centre are asking people to share their memories of May Day celebrations.[more]

Lismore Castle Arts Reopens

Lismore Castle Arts re-opens for the 2012 season on Saturday 31st March with an extensive programme of exhibitions and events.[more]

National Biodiversity Data Centre - Request for Tender

The Heritage Council is seeking a contractor to maintain the National Biodiversity Data Centre.[more]

Irish National Consultation Panel on Cultural Heritage - Applications Invited

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED to 5th April. The Heritage Council is seeking applications for membership of an Irish National Consultation Panel on Cultural Heritage. [more]

Structures at Risk Fund 2012

Local City Councils in conjunction with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are inviting applications for the ‘Structures at Risk Fund’ for 2012. [more]


The purpose of the scheme is to support initiatives which aim to enhance and extend the public’s experience of and engagement with architecture.[more]

Launch of Rindoon Conservation & Management Plan

On March 26th Minister Jimmy Deehihan visited the abandoned medieval town of Rindoon, Co. Roscommon. After a tour of this spectacular site he launched its new Conservation Management Plan.[more]

Irish Photo Archive online

www.irishphotoarchive.ie has been built from an archive of over 2.6 million images dating from 1952. Many significant characters visited Ireland over the years and those, along with images of day-to-day Irish life, make the...[more]

Call for Community Involvement - OPW

The OPW has today launched a nationwide advertising campaign seeking expressions of interest from local heritage/ community groups who may be interested in becoming a partner with the OPW.[more]

LIFE+ funding 2012 - Call for Applications

The EU has announced its call for applications for LIFE+ funding in 2012. There are three streams available: LIFE+ Nature and Biodiversity, LIFE+ Environment Policy and Governance, LIFE+ Information and Communication. [more]

World Heritage Day 18th April 2012 - Get Involved!

This special day offers an opportunity to celebrate local heritage all over the world! Why not get involved ... there's any number of things you could do to celebrate World Heritage Day 2012 ... [more]

Plant a Tree - It's National Tree Week!

4th-10th March. National Tree Week is an annual, week-long festival celebrating all positive aspects of trees in our lives and environment. It is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland.[more]

Rhinoceros horns removed - Natural History Museum

Rhino horn has been stolen from exhibits in a number of museums over the last year. They will be replaced by replica horns.[more]

Launch - Roscommon Heritage Plan 2012-2016

The aim of the County Roscommon Heritage Plan is to create and promote an increased knowledge, awareness and appreciation of the natural, built and cultural heritage of County Roscommon, and to conserve it for future generations.[more]

Michael Starrett, Chief Executive, The Heritage Council, Speech at the IMA Conference

The Annual Conference of the Irish Museums Association took place in the Strand Hotel, Limerick, courtesy of the Hunt Museum on 24-26 February 2012. The theme of the conference was Rising to the Challenge.[more]

Heritage Council - New Powerpoint presentation of key facts & images for download

This presentation contains useful facts and figures on the contribution of the work of the Heritage Council to the development of sustainable jobs, tourism and education in communities throughout Ireland.[more]

Heritage Council Strategic Plan 2012-2016 Launched

Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan T.D. launched the Heritage Council’s Strategic Plan 2012 — 2016 on March 1st. The plan focuses on developing the value of the heritage sector to employment, education and...[more]

Julianstown VDS group with Alison Harvey, Planning & Development Officer, the Heritage Council receiving National Planning Award.

Julianstown VDS Receives Commendation at National Planning Awards

The Awards aim to highlight the best examples of planning practice and to raise the standard of townscape design and planning awareness both within the public and private sectors.[more]

getthere.ie - Transport Website

getthere.ie is a transport website providing public and private bus and rail information for Ireland, North and South.[more]

(From L to R) Jill Chadwick MCC, Wendy Bagnall MCC, Emer Dolphin JDCA and Chair of SG, Tom Dowling MCC, Claire Burke JDCA, Leo Monaghan JDCA and Alison Harvey Heritage Council. Missing from photograph – Paddy Prendergast JDCA.

Irish Planning Institute’s National Planning Awards 2011-2012

Julianstown Village Design Statement (VDS) Shortlisted.[more]

The winners of the Best Overall Event and Best Interactive Event during Heritage Week were the Tyrellspass Festival. Representing the Tyrellspass Festival Committee receiving the awards from Conor Newman, Chairman, Heritage Council and Rebecca Reynolds, National Cooridnator of Heritage Week were, Cllr Colm Arthur, Deirdre O'Brien McGibney, Debbie Garry and Martin Buckley. Photo: Pat Moore.

National Heritage Week 2011 Event Award Winners - Awards Presentation

The award for Best Interactive Event and Best Overall Event went to the Tyrrellspass Festival Committee for their Tyrrellspass Festival.[more]

Six New Appointments to the Board of the Heritage Council

Dr Ciara Breathnach, Mr Ted Creedon, Ms Catherine Heaney, Dr Fidelma Mullane, Mr Michael Parsons and Dr Kieran O’Conor are to serve on The Heritage Council. [more]

Grants Programme 2012

Schemes are subject to funding being made available to the Heritage Council in 2012.[more]

The Heritage Council takes over management of www.heritageportal.eu

The Heritage Portal is a place to share heritage-related news, research, jobs, funding opportunities and technical literature. It is currently in testing phase and we welcome your feedback on how the design and functionality of...[more]

Alfred Toepfer Scholarships 2012 - Now Open

The Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships 2012 are now open for applications! The award provides three young European conservationists with €3,000 to undertake a study visit to one or more protected areas in European...[more]

Conference focuses on the value of heritage resources for towns attempting to recover from recession

Today, over 100 people are discussing how the heritage resources of a town can help it recover from the recession. The Conference which is jointly organised by the Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network and UCC’s Planning...[more]

Architecture Ireland features two Heritage Council grant-aided projects

Architecture Ireland, the journal of the the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has featured two Heritage Council grant-aided projects in its most recent issue.[more]

National Heritage Week 2011 - Video Clips from around the country!

Over 400,000 people from all over Ireland took part in National Heritage Week in 2011. Take a peek at what they got up to![more]

Draft Fingal Heritage Plan 2011—2017

Draft Fingal Heritage Plan 2011 — 2017 and accompanying Habitats Directive Appropriate Assessment Screening Report have gone on public display.[more]

Dr Charles Mount in support of the Heritage Council in latest issue of Archaeology Ireland

In response to the proposal, as part of the Public Service Reform Plan, to merge the functions of the Heritage Council into the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dr Mount outlines the diverse and important programme...[more]

Michael Starrett, Chief Executive, The Heritage Council

Michael Starrett, Chief Executive of The Heritage Council interviewed on KCLR

Michael Starrett discusses the current challenges and rewards of leading the Heritage Council on the Sue Nunn show, KCLR96fm (Kilkenny Carlow Local Radio).[more]

Heritage Council grant-aided projects 2011 highlighted in regional media

Local and regional newspapers gave extensive coverage to the many projects nationwide which benefited from the Heritage Council Grant Scheme during 2011.[more]

Tourists visit the monastic site at Glendalough, Co. Wicklow.

Investment in heritage is key to luring the cultural tourist

Peter Cox of ICOMOS argues for continued investment in heritage [The Irish Times, Wednesday 4th January 2012][more]

Christmas Message

Christmas Greetings from The Heritage Council[more]

The children from 5th class in Skryne National School at the offices of the Heritage Council in Kilkenny on Tuesday 22nd November last accompanied by their teacher Kieran Fanning Loreto Guinan, Heritage Officer, Meath County Council, Liam McCorkell of Glasshaus Studio, Ian Doyle of the Heritage Council, and School Principal Martin Kennedy.

The Tara landscape captured in a stained glass window

'My Landscape - People & Places' design project binging together Skryne National School, Glasshaus Studio, and Meath County Council.[more]

Irish pollen site database

New website at: www.ipol.ie[more]

Post of Genealogist: Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO)

Closing date for receipt of applications: Friday 9th December 2011 at 12 p.m.[more]

Presentation by Michael Starrett at at Talbot’s Tower, Kilkenny

Celebrating the tower's conservation and restoration. Monday 28th November 2011[more]

Towns and cities with heritage assets are more appealing places to live, work and visit

Something in the human psyche makes people enjoy being in historic environments.[more]

Field Ecology Certificate and Diploma

Distance Learning Course, UCC[more]

Heritage Week 2011 consumer research

Research shows that six out of ten Irish adults are aware of National Heritage Week.[more]

Clodiagh Expedition Leads to New Industrial Heritage Find

In a recent reconnoitre carried out by members of the Heritage Boat Association and the Portlaw Heritage Group, long lost structures of our boating heritage were located and identified. [more]

Young assistant Sibéal NicGiollaCoda completes a Roman Arch9 year old Sibéal builds a Gothic archNow for the lime

An Arch Never Sleeps

Patrick McAfee of the Building Limes Forum Ireland (BLFI) in conjunction with Drimnagh Castle, Dublin ran a Heritage Week event over the course of three mornings in August called ‘An Arch Never Sleeps’.[more]

Archaeological Strategy Plan (ASP)

Endeavouring to be a profession-wide response to the current archaeological crisis, the Archaeological Strategy Plan (ASP) grew out of the Heritage Council's seminar day on the future of archaeology in March 2011. [more]

Heritage in Schools update

The Heritage in Schools website has been updated during the summer months with lots of useful resources and activity ideas.[more]

Front Row: Martin Colreavy, Chief Architect, Architectural Unit, Dept of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht; Grainne Shaffrey, Heritage Council Board Member; Michael Starrett, Chief Executive, Heritage Council; Alison Harvey, VDS Programme II Manager (and Sandymount VDS Committee Member), Heritage Council; Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht; John McAlinden, Chairperson, Sandymount VDS Committee; Lorna Kelly, Sandymount VDS Committee Member; Emer Sexton, Heritage Council Planning Intern; Michael O’Neill, Dublin City Council, South East Area Manger. Back Row: Claire Liston, Executive Planner (and Sandymount VDS Committee Member), Dublin City Council; Tony Reid, Sandymount VDS Committee Member; Valerie Jennings, Sandymount VDS Committee Member; Joe Mc Carthy, Vice-Chair Sandymount VDS; Eoghan Murphy T.D. and Sandymount VDS Committee Member; Maria Parodi, Deputy Mayor, Dublin City Council and Sandymount VDS Committee Member; Joe McCann, Sandymount VDS Committee Member; Sheila Dunne, Executive Administrator, Dublin City Council and Sandymount VDS Committee Member. Missing from photo: Elaine Ring, Heritage Council Intern and Sandymount VDS Committee Member.

Launch of Sandymount Village Design Statement

Minister Jimmy Deenihan T.D. launched the community-led Sandymount Village Design Statement (VDS) in the Sandymount Hotel on the evening of the 7th September 2011.[more]

New Biodiversity Video

The National Biodiversity Data Centre has just published an informative video with lots of interesting facts and figures on Ireland's wildlife and biodiversity.[more]

Summer 2011: Archaeological excavations: blogs and podcasts

Innovative communication on the progress of two archaeological excavations in the Boyne Valley [more]


Heritage Portal is the new web resource for the European cultural heritage community, bringing you news and information about cultural heritage across Europe. [more]

Tell us what you think: National Heritage Week Survey

We hope you are enjoying the many events that organizations and individuals around the country organized for you this year. We are delighted to be promoting a week that has continued to grow and develop into a national...[more]

Economic return of one Heritage Week event estimated at over €200,000

Local communities benefit from Heritage Week spend.[more]

Have you got the gift of the gab?

Tell your story for National Tell Tale Day - Saturday 20th August 2012.[more]

National Heritage Week goes mobile with Free iPhone App

Finding out what’s happening near you for National Heritage Week has been made easier with the launch today of the first National Heritage Week iPhone app. [more]

New book on Wicklow villages now available

“Wicklow Villages - a Historical guide” a new publication from the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council is now available. [more]

Horticultural Therapy Programme

Every week in the spring and summer Enable Ireland brings a group of adults with developmental disabilities to Seed Savers for horticultural therapy. [more]

Heritage Week 2011 set to be the biggest yet with over 1300 events

Week to celebrate old Irish tradition of storytelling[more]

National Heritage Week 2011

20th-28th August. Over 1200 events registered to date![more]

Certificate in History of Family and Genealogical Methods

The Irish Ancestry Research Centre, University of Limerick[more]

Children from first class in Scoil Chatríona, Baggot Street, Dublin water the plants in the school garden.

Supervision a Key Issue in Children Playing Outdoors

Heritage Council reminds us of importance of children experiencing the outdoors, with launch of new online heritage resource for teachers & schools at www.heritageinschools.ie[more]

Satff at Farmleigh OPW receive their Certificate: (l-r) Bridgeen Kelly, Manager; Julia Cummins, Librarian/Collections Manager; Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht;John Sydenham, Commissioner, OPW and Mary Heffernan, Assistant Principal, National Historic Properties

Nine Museum’s recognised for high standards they have achieved — Museum Standards Programme for Ireland

Congratulations to Donegal County Museum, Farmleigh and the GAA Museum who have been awarded full accreditation by the Heritage Council under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. [more]

Robert Smith (rspb-images.com)Steve Knell (rspb-images.com)

Appeal for records of long-eared owl and other nocturnal species

Please find a spare evening or two in the next few weeks to head out to your local woodland to have a listen for the fantastic sound of young owlets calling for food.[more]

Conservation Internships

10th June 2011: The Heritage Council is delighted to announce its continued support for the conservation internship programme, run in partnership with the Chester Beatty Library, the National Gallery of Ireland, the National...[more]

Guidelines for Architectural and Archaeological Heritage Project applications for funding from the Environment Fund

An invitation from Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for applications from bodies such as charities, academic institutions. local authorities and professional organisations, for funding in...[more]

Museum Standards Programme: Non-participant Survey

The Heritage Council has run the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland since 2006. There are currently 50 institutions taking part. A review of the Programme is taking place to inform its future development.[more]

REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme

The 2011-2012 REPS4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme is now open for applications. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5.00 p.m, Friday 1st July 2011. [more]

National Heritage Week 2011

20th - 28th August. Register Your Event by 31st May to be listed in the National Heritage Week Event Guide![more]

Genealogy Roadshow

Turtle Bunbury is heading on the road this summer as part of the Genealogy Roadshow's historical swat team.[more]

Fáilte Ireland Heritage Fund Guidelines 2011

New sub-programme to the current Fáilte Ireland Tourism Capital Investment Programme, aimed at the Built Heritage area.[more]

Oral History Network of Ireland

National organisation forms to support the practice and preservation of oral history.[more]

Expressions of interest sought for positions on Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht boards

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced persons for appointment to the following positions in a non"executive capacity: [more]

Proposed Central Access Scheme, Kilkenny City

Response to the Revised Environmental Impact Statement, (January 2011), (ABP Ref. No. PL10.HA0014), April 2011[more]

Heritage Council Publishes Provisional Number of Protected Structures in Ireland

The Heritage Council has estimated that there are 38,171 protected structures in Ireland and has published an index to the Records of Protected Structures (RPS) held by each planning authority. [more]

Culture Programme information day hosted by the Heritage Council

Presentations from April 13th event now available to download.[more]

National Biodiversity Data Centre

Collating and sharing knowledge about Ireland’s diverse natural environment[more]

All photographs by Edward W. Delaney ©

Major new survey to map Ireland’s mammals

The National Biodiversity Data Centre launched a new Atlas of Irish Mammals survey which aims to map the distribution of all mammals found in Ireland and its territorial waters between now and 2015.[more]

The Archaeological Profession in Ireland

A Workshop on Future Possibilities, March 2011. Findings now available.[more]

MA in Arts & Heritage Management

Waterford Institute of Technology[more]

National Biodiversity Data Centre launches an Irish Pollinator Initiative

Pollination services provided by insects, mainly bees, are worth €153 billion a year, and are vital for the production of more than three-quarters of world crops. Bees are the most important pollinator of crops and native...[more]

Heritage Trail launched in Portlaw

A series of information panels celebrating the industrial, built and natural heritage of Portlaw was unveiled to a large attendance in Malcolmson’s Square last Saturday. The information panels were commissioned by Waterford Co....[more]

Fingal Heritage Plan 2011-2017

Public Consultation Meetings[more]

Abbeyleix Sustainable Communities Plan

All are invited to a meeting on the draft Abbeyleix Sustainable Communities Plan in Abbeyleix Heritage House on Monday 18th April 2011, at 8.00 p.m.

The draft Plan will present a draft vision and strategy for the future...[more]

People and Their Place

New Burren 'movement' leads the way.

Economic and social benefits of heritage and culture can only be realised with astute management.[more]

INSTAR web archive updated with 2010 research projects

INSTAR Web Archive updated with 2010 research projects. [more]

A chance to win an Irish Landmark holiday worth €1,500 !!

The second prize is an Irish Landmark holiday worth €800, and for third prize you could win a holiday worth €500.[more]

Irish Walled Towns Network Forum and AGM 2011

Wednesday 19th January 2011Wood Quay Venue, Dublin Click here to download programme [PDF 169K] Please contact Liam Mannix for further details: lmannix@heritagecouncil.ie

PresentationsWelcome addressCharles Duggan, Heritage...[more]

Heritage Award for Fethard

Congratulations to Fethard Historical Society for winning Best Heritage Group at the recent Munster Express and Dooley's Hotel Heritage and Culture Awards. It is certainly deserved. Each year their Walled Towns Day Festival gets...[more]

Secrets of Irish medieval fishing site lost as budget cuts bite

One of Europe’s best preserved medieval fishing structures located on the Fergus Estuary in County Clare, will be washed away by tidal flows before archaeologists can reveal its secrets.[more]

Review of Draft Sligo County Development Plan 2011-2017

Comments submitted here relate primarily to Volume 1 Chapter Seven: Heritage, Appendix F[more]

Review of County Clare Draft Development Plan 2011-2017

Comments submitted here relate primarily to Chapter 16- Landscape, Chapter 17- Natural Heritage and associated elements of other chapters. Submission to Clare County Council, 2nd April 2010. [more]

Identifying and Recording Ireland's Biodiversity

The National Biodiversity Data Centre and its partners are pleased to announce another exciting programme of training workshops and events for 2011.[more]

Joss Lynam

An appreciation on his contribution to the work of the Heritage Council.


3D laser scans of carved stone in Offaly

Featuring Offaly High Crosses, Rahan Monastic site, Graveslabs, Shinrone Glasshouse and Ardara Bridge.[more]

2011 - Irish Walled Towns Network Forum and AGM

For further information please contact Liam Mannix lmannix@heritagecouncil.ie[more]

Two bandstands on East Pier, Dun laoghaire. Photograph by Gerry Sandford.Boyd Memorial, on East Pier, Dun Laoghaire. Photograph by Gerry Sandford.

East Pier Dun Laoghaire audio guide

This is a 14-stop journey along the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire, bringing you the history and heritage of a well-known landmark.[more]

Fethard Planning Appeal

Submission in relation to the Fethard Draft Local Area Plan 2010 [more]

Season's Greetings

The Heritage Council members and staff offer you their best wishes for the coming holiday season and New Year. 2011 will involve increased challenges in promoting Ireland’s natural and cultural heritage following a 47% cut...[more]

Information on feeding wild birds

A little reminder to remember to feed the Wild / Garden Birds in the severe weather conditions that we are experiencing.

Detailed information can be found on www.BirdWatchIreland.ie

I would like to bring special attention to...[more]

The roseate tern: one of Ireland's most threatened species is facing extinction

Ireland's Heritage Sector Decimated by Punitive Cuts - Heritage Council warns of job losses and tourism setback

Monday 13th December: Punitive cuts, announced in last Tuesday’s Budget, will decimate the heritage sector and close many small enterprises that are dependent on it. This will have detrimental effects on both our national...[more]

New Online Atlas of Freshwater Fish in Irish lakes

Do you want to know which lakes have Arctic Char, or what species have been recorded from each of the different lakes in County Cavan? By combining the Data Centre’s mapping technology and Inland Fisheries Ireland information on...[more]

Ministerial launch on evening of 7th October of Julianstown Village Design Statement (VDS) in the Gallops, Julianstown: VDS Project Steering Group with Minister Cuffe – L to R – Jonathan Gannon (Heritage Council Intern), Emer Dolphin (Chair), Paddy Prendergast, Wendy Bagnall (Sen Planner, Meath County Council), Minister Ciaran Cuff T.D., Senator Mark Dearey, Alison Harvey (Nat VDS Programme II Manager, Heritage Council), Leo Monahan, and James Hennessey, Paul Hogarth Company.

Julianstown Village Design Statement

A National ‘Pilot’ for the Heritage Council’s Village Design Statement (VDS) Programme II. Launched by Minister Ciarán Cuffe T.D, October 2010.[more]

‘Ghost Estates’ and inappropriate construction on floodplains underlines need for new national landscape strategy

Council publishes blueprint to involve local communities in landscape management.[more]

Internship: Fundraising Executive at Irish Landmark Trust

Irish Landmark wishes to recruit an intern to support this work for a six month period with a view to establishing a full time fundraising function.[more]

The Irish Walled Towns Network is Linkedin!

The Irish Walled Towns Network Linkedin page is now live. The purpose of the site is to act as another informal way by which committee members in each Network town can share ideas and find solutions to common problems. Please...[more]

Calls for Proposals from the European Commission

LIFE+ operating grants for European NGOs primarily active in the field of environmental protection[more]

Medieval procession in Carlingford.Group gathering at Rinn Duin, winners of best event organised by a community group.Fun and games at Aughnanure Castle, winners of Best Childrens event.Winners of Best Interactive Event - Lifetime Lab. Tim and Lucy O'Brien enjoying the activities.

Winners of the Heritage Council's Inaugural National Heritage Week Event Awards

Big big congratulations to the winners of the Heritage Council's inaugural National Heritage Week Event Awards this year. There were lots of fantastic submissions but alas only four award winners could be chosen. It was a tough...[more]

2010 Irish Walled Towns Conference

On September 30th the annual Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) conference and AGM took place in the Heritage Council’s offices in Church Lane, Kilkenny.[more]

New Irish Walled Towns Network Facebook page

The new Irish Walled Towns Network Facebook page has just come online. Its hoped that all members of the Network and others interested in medieval town walls will use this page as a forum to exchange ideas. Anyone can upload...[more]

Tirnony Portal Tomb excavation

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has an ongoing excavation at the 5-6,000 year old Tirnony Portal Tomb near Maghera.

Click on the linb below to visit the Northern Ireland Environment Agency archaeology blog for further...[more]

Remains of an Early Christian dry stone chapel, Temple Cashel, Co. Kerry (Courtesy of Tomas O’Carragain, University College Cork.

The Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research Programme 2011 is now open for applications

The Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme 2011 is now open for applications. [more]

Heritage Council shortlisted for the Irish Web Award

The Heritage Council website has been shortlisted for the Irish Web Awards 2010. It has been shortlisted from over 600 sites. The website was redeveloped in 2009 by Room Three Design.[more]

Tara audio guide

This audio tour brings you to pagan sanctuaries, along ancient roads, and to a holy well, following in the footsteps of high kings and heroes.

Audio guides to Ireland's hidden heritage at www.ingeniousireland.ie [more]

National Heritage Week 2011

20th-28th August 2011[more]

Drogheda Borough Council mace recently restored

Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Co. Louth.[more]

Visit the Centre's website at http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/downloads/annual-reports/ to download the report.

National Biodiversity Data Centre’s Annual Report for 2009

The National Biodiversity Data Centre’s Annual Report for 2009 is now available as a download from the Centre's website. This report highlights the main achievements of the Centre in 2009 and provides information on many of the...[more]

High nature value farming case studies in north Connemara and the Aran Islands

Traditional extensive farming practices have helped to create the Irish landscape, as we know it today. Much of the natural and cultural heritage that we encounter in Ireland today is influenced by, or has evolved, in response to...[more]

[Left to right] Conor Newman, Chairman of The Heritage Council, Danya Baumeister, Biomimicry Guild, Paul Cunningham, RTE and Michael Starrett, Chief Executive of the The Heritage Council

Innovation inspired by nature

US biomimicry expert gives lecture on why we should look to nature to solve human problems[more]

Ireland — Dig It!

RTÁ‰ 2 Every Day at 5.00p.m. from Monday 20th - Friday 24th September[more]

The Heritage Council Grants Programme

The Heritage Council Grants Programme for 2011 is now open. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 8th October at 5.00 p.m. Please visit the Grants section of this website for information on making an application.[more]

Irish Heritage Trust Launches New Learning Opportunities at Fota House

Fota Learning Zone creates a unique curriculum-linked experience for Transition Year and Leaving Certificate Students.[more]

BirdWatch Ireland Appeal for your Summer Bird Sightings

BirdWatch Ireland is appealing to people across Ireland to send in their summer bird sightings to help with a landmark project, The Bird Atlas 2007-11.

Every sighting you send in from a Robin nesting in your garden shed to a...[more]

PhD opportunity on High Nature Value Farming

"Halting biodiversity loss: the potential of high nature value (HNV) farmland in the north west of Ireland." Sligo Institute of Technology[more]

Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research [INSTAR] Programme web archive launch

The INSTAR web archive is a new database which hosts all research created under the INSTAR Programme since its establishment in 2008. The creation of the database is a step forward in implementing one of INSTAR’s key aims to...[more]

Calling Traditional Skills Practitioners

The Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council is co-ordinating a Traditional Skills Day to be held in the Courtyard, Wicklow Gaol on Sat 9th October. Places are available for traditional skills practitioners based in County...[more]

Heritage Week Events Programme now available for County Wicklow

An events programme detailing the Heritage Week happening in County Wicklow is now available from the Heritage Officer of Wicklow County Council[more]

Alison Harvey, Planning & Development Officer of The Heritage Council addressing the meeting of the Balbriggan Public Realm.Sean Crosson of the Public Realm Plan steering group taking a question from a member of the public.Alison meets Balbriggan locals following her presentation.Chamber of Commerce President, Joe English, Rob Merriman Intern with the Heritage Council, Alison Harvey Planning and Dev. Officer Heritage Council and Fingal Cllr. May McKeon, with Balbriggan Town Manager Peter Caulfield at the Balbriggan Public Realm meeting.Andrea Lazenby-Simpson of Keith Simpson Associates, Planning Consultants and Alison Harvey Planning and Dev. Officer Heritage Council.Alison Harvey Planning and Dev. Officer Heritage Council and Andrea Lazenby-Simpson of Keith Simpson Associates, Planning Consultants...Andrea Lazenby-Simpson of Keith Simpson Associates, Planning Consultants and Chamber president Joe English at Public Realm Balbriggan.

Balbriggan Public Realm Plan

Presentation by Alison Harvey on the 27th of July 2010 held in Balbriggan Town Hall.[more]

[1.] The GAA Museum: Mark Reynolds, archivist, Mark Dorman, Director, Michael Starrett, Heritage Council Chief Executive, Joanne Clarke, Curator, Aidan Pender, Director of Strategic Director, Failte Ireland, Dermot Gallagher, GAA Board Member.[2] Cavan County Museum[3.] County Museum Dundalk: Aidan Pender, Director Strategic Direction, Failte Ireland, Brian Walsh, Curator, David Storey, Executive Director, Dundalk Town Council, Michael Starrett, Chief Executive, Heritage Council.[4.] Limerick City Gallery of Art[5.] South Tipperary Museum: Photos from left to right front: Marie McMahon, Curator, Damian Lizun, Michael Grace, Julia Walsh, Alice Tobin, Bernadette Corr,  behind: Michael Starrett, Aidan Pender.

Five museums receive interim accreditation under Museums Standards Programme for Ireland

On June 8, 2010, at an event in the Coach House, Dublin Castle, five museums were awarded Interim Accreditation in the Heritage Council's Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. The GAA Museum, Cavan County Museum, County Museum...[more]

Heritage Outlook: Summer 2010

This edition of Heritage Outlook focuses on the importance of outdoor experiences for children. It includes an article on the importance of biodiveristy on all our lives, a feature on Sculpture in the Boglands at Lough Boora...[more]

Conservation Internship 2010-2011

The Heritage Council of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland[more]

Irish Antique Dealers Association Bursary

The Irish Antique Dealers Association (IADA) are delighted to announce the launch of a €10,000 Bursary. [more]

The Rossnaree Archaeological Project Blog

Day-by-day account of the activities of the Rossnaree Archaeological Project 2010.[more]

National Heritage Week : Get into it. You'll get alot out of it!

National Heritage Week is on track to offer well over 1000 reasons to holiday at home this year! Here we are only in early June and over 1000 events have already been registered nationwide to take place during the week. Judging...[more]

Job: High Nature Value Farming Ireland Officer

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 p.m., Friday 18th June 2010.[more]

Heritage Council launches research on awareness, understanding and impact of biodiversity

Awareness levels of biodiversity have not improved since 2007 [more]

National Heritage Week launches volunteer programme

Any organisations or event organisers who need help during National Heritage Week are asked to submit their volunteer requirements to the Heritage Council. A list of all volunteer opportunities in each county will then appear on...[more]

Working Together Better for the Shannon Seminar

On Thursday 29th April 2010, the Heritage Council hosted a seminar in Carrick on Shannon on the future of the Shannon.[more]

A Tale Of Two Dundalks

Louth museum webcasts to Maryland students: April-June 2010[more]

Íde Ní Uallacháin, Uinsionn Mac Craith, Éilis Nic Gabhann, Éamon Ó Cuív

Glór na nGael awards

City Hall, Belfast on Saturday March 20th, 2010[more]

The Irish Heritage Trust

Consultation with teachers[more]

National Heritage Week 2010

21-29 August, 2010. Online Event Registration Now Open[more]

Oghil Fort, Co.Galway (Image courtesy of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research [INSTAR] Programme 2010

Since beginning in 2008, the INSTAR Grant Programme continues to successfully fund collaborative archaeological research projects under seven diverse thematic areas, such as cultural identity, territories and boundaries &...[more]

Michael Starrett, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council with poster competition winner Diarmuid Brennan of De La Salle College [Waterford] and Diarmuid's art teacher Nicola Lee.

Waterford Student Wins National Heritage Week Poster Competition

Michael Starrett, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council with poster competition winner Diarmuid Brennan of De La Salle College [Waterford] and Diarmuid's art teacher Nicola Lee.[more]

Kerry County Museum Curator Appointed to Board of the Heritage Council

Helen O’Carroll, Kerry County Museum Curator has been appointed to the Board of the Heritage Counci.[more]

EEAC writes to Environment Commissioner on biodiversity

The European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) have written to the new European Commissioner for the Environment, calling for urgent action at EU level and inter-governmental level to halt the loss...[more]

Sculpture in the Parklands

Irish Heritage Council Funding announced. [more]

Death of an Irish born golden eagle chick in the Northwest

Statement from Cliona O’Brien, Wildlife Office, The Heritage Council[more]

Galway Tree Heritage

Competition to celebrate National Tree Week[more]

Art-Youth-Culture: FYI

Art-Youth-Culture: FYI will be held over three days in Dublin. It will involve a series of arts-based workshops and discussions, concluding with a meeting between young people, arts policy makers, and government representatives....[more]

Heritage Council 2010 Grants Awards

The new grants scheme provides funding to heritage projects that support research, entrepreneurship, conservation and engagement within the community.[more]

[Left to right] Rhonwyn Hayes, Heritage Council member, Paddy Madden and INTO President, Maire Ní Chuinneagáin

Heritage Education Award 2009-2010

The joint Heritage Council and INTO Heritage Education Award was presented to Paddy Madden at the INTO Office in Parnell Square in November 2009.[more]

Reps 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme 2010-2011

The closing date for the 2010-11 REPS4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme was 5.00 p.m., Friday 26th March 2010. Please keep an eye on website for updates on the 2011-12 Scheme. [more]

Current water shortages highlight critical role of biodiversity in provision of adequate, safe supply

As the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 is launched, Cliona O’Brien, Wildlife Officer at the Heritage Council examines the reality of biodiversity in Ireland.[more]

Happy New Year

The Heritage Council would like to wish a very Happy and Healthy 2010.[more]

National Heritage Week Poster Competition

The Heritage Council is inviting 4th, 5th and 6th year students to design a poster for National Heritage Week. The winning poster will be used in the National Heritage Week 2010 communications campaign which involves national and...[more]

'People and their Place' Landscape Conference: Report available for comment

Everyone who has an interest in the ongoing management, planning and conservation of the Irish Landscape is encouraged to read the report and comment on it.[more]

Irish Wildlife magazine

Irish Wildlife

Full colour quarterly magazine dealing with Irish Wildlife issues.[more]

Lost Irish Waterways

Information source on abandoned or little-used commercial Irish waterways.[more]

Irish 19th Century Music Pioneers

The First Irish Global Musicians - Seven Pioneers of the 19th Century[more]

Six more museums invited to join the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland

The Heritage Council has invited six more museums to join the MSPI.[more]

Alison Harvey, David Kirkwood and Karen FoleyPam Harty, Alison Harvey and David KirkwoodILI Awards display. [Click on link at bottom of page to download and view.]

Heritage Council and partners win Irish Landscape Institute President's Award

The Heritage Council and eight partner institutes have won the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI) 'President’s Award' 2009 for the design and delivery of their All-Island, Multi-disciplinary Introduction to Landscape Character...[more]

Ireland’s snails threatened with extinction

One third of Ireland’s snail, slug and bivalve fauna is under threat of extinction according to the recent Irish Red List.[more]

Irish Seedsavers Association Website Launch

The new Irish Seed Savers Association website provides a wealth of information on cultivating heritage fruit and vegetables, preserving biodiversity, site visits and workshops.[more]

The Galway County Heritage Awards

The Galway County Heritage Awards ceremony took place in the Claregalway Hotel on Wednesday 2nd December 2009 at 8.00 p.m. [more]

A Green Field is a Blank Canvas... an opportunity for you to create something extraordinary

Late in 2006, an advertising hoarding appeared in Clondalkin, on the main access road to Dublin from the south, with the above inscription.[more]

Heritage Council Grant Schemes 2010

Deadline for receipt of applications: 5.00 p.m. today [Friday, 20th November 2009].[more]

Digitally Mapping the Graveyards of North East Galway

Glenamaddy Community Development Company in partnership with Galway County Council and Galway Rural Development.[more]

Heritage Council Grant Schemes 2010

The Heritage Council grants schemes will be open for applications during week of 27th October, 2009.[more]

Decade of turbo-charged development has left lasting damage on the Irish landscape

Heritage Council calls on Government to introduce new way of working with Landscape Ireland Act.[more]

Shortlist of Conservators for 2009 Conservation Award

€3,000 award in the form of a travel / study bursary intends to celebrate the skills set of individual conservators.[more]

National Planning Awards 2010

The Irish Planning Institute National Planning Awards 2010 will take place on Friday, 12th February 2010 in Dublin.[more]

Winner of National Heritage Week Photography Competition Announced

Waterford Mother and Daughter Win Adult and Junior Categories[more]

(From left to right) Michael Starrett, CEO of the Heritage Council, Minister Gormley, Department of Environment Heritage and Local Government andSean Quin CEO, Fáilte Ireland at the launch of the Climate Change Review Report.

Climate Change Review Report

The Heritage Council and Fáilte Ireland commissioned this review to inform policy, research and grant support. [more]

The Heritage Council: Conservation Award (Objects Based) 2009

The Heritage Council recognises the importance of the conservation sector in preserving and caring for the national heritage; and is seeking applications for its 2009 Conservation Award. [more]

Historic Landscape Characterisation: Policy and Best practice guidance

Historic Landscape Characterisation (HLC) is concerned with identifying the contribution of the past to the landscape as it exists in the present.[more]

National Heritage Week Event Guide Unveiled

Details of up to 1000 events taking place across the country were unveiled today at the launch of the National Heritage Week Event Guide by the Heritage Council.[more]

Getting children back to the great outdoors

"Getting children back to the great outdoors". This article explores the nature deficit that our current generation of children are experiencing and the impact it is having on their lives.[more]

2009 Museum of the Year Awards

The Museum Awards aim to highlight and celebrate the achievements of museums and collections, together with their curators and staff, as they strive to care for and protect our heritage. [more]

Decision from An Bord Pleanála about the Central Access Scheme for Kilkenny

Comment from the Heritage Council about the decision from An Bord Pleanála about the Central Access scheme for Kilkenny.[more]

Grants Programme 2010

In light of current changes The Heritage Council is reviewing its grants schemes and will be proposing a number of changes to existing schemes with new criteria for 2010. This work is currently underway.[more]

The Heritage Council of Ireland's Work and Commitment to Ireland's Landscapes

Presentation by Michael D. Starrett, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council at the National Association of AONBs Conference University of Ulster, Coleraine on the 6th July 2009


Innovative project records the life stories of some of Ireland’s oldest citizens

An independent and voluntary group of young history enthusiasts from County Clare have formed Cuimhneamh an Chláir — the Clare Oral History and Folklore group[more]

Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme Awards

The Heritage Council has announced details of the projects to be grant aided under the Irish National Strategic Archaeological Research (INSTAR) Programme 2009.

The INSTAR Programme is intended to contribute to a better...[more]

Heritage Officer Programme Celebrates 10 Years

The role of Heritage Officer has developed significantly over the last 10 years, with the service reflecting local issues and priorities and also the professional strengths of the Heritage Officer. [more]

Ireland's First National Biodiversity Mapping System Launched

Wednesday 20th May 2009: Ireland’s first National Biodiversity Mapping System was today launched by Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley, T.D. [more]

2009 European Museum of the Year Award

The European Museum of the Year Award, organised by the European Museum Forum, has celebrated its 32nd year with a Presentation Ceremony and associated activities based at various venues in Bursa, Turkey hosted by Bursa...[more]

Heritage & The Economy

At a time of global economic crisis when we are under pressure to cut budgets, it is is timely to remember how cost effective and strategic a small spend on heritage can be. Click on the link above for the full message.[more]

Reps 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme

The 2010 REPS4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme will open for applications in mid February. Please keep an eye on website for further updates.[more]

2009 Grant Offers

The Heritage Council is delighted to announce its 2009 Grant Offers[more]

Best Practice Guidelines for Habitat Survey in Ireland Consultation Questionnaire

The Heritage Council has recently commissioned Atkins (Ecology) to develop Best Practice Guidelines for Habitat Survey and Mapping in Ireland. The Heritage Council requests your input into the final content by Friday 6th March...[more]

Launch of New Website

Welcome to the new improved website of The Heritage Council.[more]

Getting Schools Ready for Kilkenny’s 400th Birthday Celebrations in 2009

As the 2009 celebrations to mark Kilkenny’s 400 year old City status begin to draw near, one group that is playing its part is Kilkenny Education Centre. [more]

The Landscapes We Deserve, If Only...

Michael Starrett CEO The Heritage Council makes an appeal to protect Ireland’s unique landscapes, in a real and tangible way, before it is too late.[more]

Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin.

Significant Places of Public Worship

The Heritage Council has organised a working group to discuss the conservation needs of nationally significant places of public worship. For further info click on the link above.[more]

Online Waterways Corridor Database Launched

Searchable online database of the key points and recommendations from the Corridor Studies.[more]

Identifying Best Practice for Towpaths

Study to identify best practice in developing the recreational use of towpaths.[more]

The Cost of a Disappearing Ireland?

Irish Independent Special Supplement, Wednesday, May 17, 2006.[more]

Launch of Tara Publication: Call for Landscape Legislation

Presentation by Dr Tom O’Dwyer, Chairperson, An Chomairle Oidreachta, Wednesday 14th December 2005 at 6.00 p.m. in the Royal Irish Academy[more]

The first Public Realm Plan (PRP) for the historic town of Wicklow completed

Following an in-depth public consultation, the drafting of the first Public Realm Plan for the historic town of Wicklow is now complete.[more]

Public Realm Plans in Historic Towns

The Heritage Council introduced the concept of Public Realm Plans (PRPs) in 2006 through the work of its all-island initiative – the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN).[more]

Barn Owl Research Project

A glimpse of the ghostly white form of a Barn Owl as it silently drifts over its foraging grounds at night is unfortunately a rare sight nowadays. [more]