Heritage Council



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National Heritage Week 2012!

August 2012

National Heritage Week was such good fun this year, people seemed to come out of the woodwork to get involved, everything from medieval fairs, night time bat walks, cave walks, traditional music sessions, storytelling, historical re-enactments, local history walks and talks, maritime and coastal events, food fairs, traditional skills workshops and archaeological digs. Here's just a glimpse of some of the things people got up to, lots more photos at www.facebook.com/heritageweek

National Heritage Week Photo Competition Entries 2012

This is just a selection! To view more pics go to http://pix.ie/group/heritageweek

For information on how to get involved in National Heritage Week 2013 visit www.heritageweek.ie

Robing Room, Heritage Council HQ, Archaeological Dig 2012

July 2012

Archaeological investigations in 2011 in the garden of the former Bishop’s Palace, now the Heritage Council offices, found evidence of an early medieval comb making industry. The dig which took place in July 2012, involved 20 students from NUI Maynooth and aimed to find more information on the craft working and daily life in this part of 9th - 11th century Kilkenny.

Report Launch - The Economic Value of Ireland's Historic Environment 

29th May 2012

The Robing Room, Heritage Council HQ - Archaeological Dig 2011

September 2011

Archaeological investigations in 2011 in the garden of the former Bishop’s Palace, now the Heritage Council offices, found evidence of an early medieval comb making industry in the area directly surrounding St. Canice's Cathedral.

National Heritage Week 2011 Photo Competition

August 2011

The Heritage Council coordinates National Heritage Week with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and from Failte Ireland. National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days and its main aim is to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week. Every year the Heritage Council runs a Photo Competition which encourages people to get out and about and take some lovely pics of our great wealth of national heritage.

Find out more about National Heritage Week at www.heritageweek.ie

Tidy Towns Heritage Award Winner 2011 - Ballina Salmon Weir, Co. Mayo

August 2011

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) undertook the refurbishment of this unique protected structure. The refurbishment of Ballina’s salmon weir marries state of the art technology blended into the ancient fabric of the weir. The conservation work was carried out by Ward and Burke, under the guidance of conservation architect, Vincent Coleman. The weir now accommodates a series of electronic fish counters, providing information on salmon stocks which will ultimately be used in the conservation of the species. The refurbishment of the weir also provides great potential for the generation of substantial revenue for the local economy through sustainable angling tourism.

Tidy Towns Award 2010 - Mullaghmore Harbour Project, Co. Sligo

August 2010

This entry celebrated the rich heritage of Mullaghmore harbour and involved researching the history of how the harbour was planned, built and used from 1822 to the present day. The information discovered was pieced together and presented to the local community in the form of an exhibition, a booklet and exhibition brochures. Other aspects of the project involved the cleaning up of the harbour area and walking tours. The project has successfully highlighted the uniqueness of this nearly 200 year old stone structure and has generated renewed respect and admiration among the local community for this wonderful item of architectural heritage.

Heritage Council HQ - Áras na hOidhreachta, Kilkenny


The Heritage Council is based in the former Bishop’s Palace, now Áras na hOidhreachta in Kilkenny City. The move in 2008, to this historic building marked an exciting new stage in the development and history of the organisation. Using the conservation plan methodology introduced into Ireland by the Heritage Council, the historical significance of all aspects of the building and site were documented. Based on a careful survey of its qualities, Consarc Architects drew up plans for the building’s re-use.

Click here to view more information on the history and architecture of Áras na hOidreachta >

Download the publication Passed to the Future: The Bishop's Palace [PDF 4.5MB].