Heritage Council


Welcome to News & Media

Welcome to News & Media where you will find all the latest updates from the heritage sector. You will also find news and updates from the Heritage Council and its partners. If you have a specific media query, please contact Isabell Smyth, Head of Communications & Education at 056 777 0777.

Latest News

Tax incentive scheme could conserve and revitalise Ireland’s largest towns and provide over 10,000 badly needed homes.

A tax-incentive scheme, modelled on the Living City initiative could play a major role in revitalising those towns, and deliver thousands of habitable dwellings for homeless families and workers.[more]

Heritage Council Chairman Conor Newman Steps Down

The Chairman of the Heritage Council, Conor Newman, has decided to step down after eight years in the post.[more]

28 New Specialists Added to Our Heritage in Schools Scheme Scheme

This autumn the Heritage Council is delighted to announce 28 new Specialists to our Heritage in Schools Scheme panel. [more]

Heritage Council Welcomes Increased Budget Funding

The allocation of an additional €1 million for the Heritage Council in the 2017 Budget has been warmly welcomed by the Chief Executive of the Heritage Council, Michael Starrett.[more]

Heritage Council at the National Ploughing Championships

We're at the ploughing championships again this year. Call by our stand.[more]

Native Woodland Strategy is Launched

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

Do your bit to Save Ireland’s bees

Guidelines for how to make gardens pollinator friendly are now available.Twenty practical, low-cost actions are suggested that gardeners can take to make their outdoor space a haven for Ireland’s declining bees.[more]

Minister Humphreys appoints new board to the Heritage Council

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, has today announced the appointment of a new board to the Heritage Council.[more]

Athy Heritage Centre Museum: Full Accreditation-Margaret Walsh, Sinead Cullen with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage Council.Castletown House, OPW: Full Accreditation-Commissioner John McMahon and Claire Hickeywith Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilCounty Museum, Dundalk: Full Accreditation: Brian Walsh and Councillor Paul Bell, Cathaorleach, Co. Louth with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilDonegal County Museum: Full Accreditation: Councillor Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach Donegal County Council and Judith McCarthy with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilFota House, Irish Heritage Trust: Full Accreditation- Victoria Browne, Stephen Williams with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilIrish Agricultural Museum: Interim Accreditation- Peter Miller and Matt Wheeler with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilMichael Davitt Museum: Interim Accreditation- Nancy Smyth and Yvonne Corcoran Loftus with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilOld Library, Trinity College Dublin: Full Accreditation- Susie Bioletti and Anne-Marie Diffley with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage CouncilPearse Museum, OPW: Commissioner John McMahon and Brian Crowley with Conor Newman, Chairman, The Heritage Council

Museums Awarded for High Standards in Collections Care and Management

9 Museums awarded accreditation under the Heritage Council's Museum Standards Programme (MSPI).[more]

Stroll through History this Heritage Week 2016

Across the country plans are coming together for National Heritage Week 2016 which will take place from 20 to 28 August. [more]

From conserving thatch to red grouse, to the cabin where Shackelton spent his last hours…

171 projects receive funding under Heritage Council Grants Scheme [more]

County Museum Dundalk counts down to Easter Rising centenary with interactive website

The County Museum, Dundalk is inviting students and anyone with an interest in Irish history to take a different look at the Easter Rising, through its interactive countdown resource, now available on www.1916countdown.ie [more]

Why funding for the arts and heritage must extend beyond 2016

Our cultural heritage is priceless. We must protect it and invest in it in new and imaginative ways. [more]

Members of Sligo Heritage Forum at the launch of the new Heritage Plan with Cllr Seamus Kilgannon Chair of Sligo Heritage Forum, Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr Paul Taylor, Conor Newman Chair of the Heritage Council and Ciaran Hayes CE Sligo County Council. Photo James Connolly.

New Heritage Plan for Sligo Launched

The plan covers the period 2016 — 2020 sets out a series of strategic themes and ambitious actions for the built, natural and cultural heritage of Sligo for the next five years.[more]

Ballintleva Handball Alley, Co RoscommonDoon Fort, Ardara, Co DonegalGallowshill medieval fort, Dungarvan and Round Hill, Lismore, Co WaterfordBaravore crusher building, Glenmalure, Co WicklowChurch of the Rath, Killeshandra, Co Cavan

Five monuments adopted by their local community following national competition

The five monuments successful in Ireland’s first-ever Adopt a Monument national competition have been announced today. The scheme, which has been organised by the Heritage Council in conjunction with Abarta Heritage.[more]

Left to rightPadraig Brennan, Director of Markets , Board BiaDr. Liam Lysaght, Director, National Biodiversity Data Centre.Michael Starrett, Chief Executive, The Heritage Council.

Taking Action to Save Our Bees

The Council is linking up with Bord Bia and the Department of Agriculture to support the implementation of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020. [more]

The Heritage Council will support 70 full-time jobs this year, and operate grants scheme to support local community groups

The Heritage Council will support about 70 full-time jobs in 2016 through its range of heritage programmes around the country.[more]

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

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

Historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change

195 Nations Set Path to Keep Temperature Rise Well Below 2 Degrees Celsius.[more]

Counting Ireland’s Nature: evidence of winners and losers in the fight to save our biodiversity

Waterford/Dublin, Wednesday 9th December 2015 — Today sees the launch of Ireland’s National Biodiversity Indicators, the first ever attempt to assess the health of Ireland’s nature. Biodiversity indicators tell us the changes...[more]

Mulranny Promenade Opening

The Mulranny Village Design Statement, sponsored by the Heritage Council, brought forward an ambitious vision for the village based on a collaborative design approach between the local community and Mayo County Council design...[more]

New Book on Wicklow’s Historic Stone Inscriptions and Art

A new book sheds light for the first time on the small number of stone cutters who were responsible for the majority of 18th century headstones that can be found throughout the graveyards of County Wicklow.[more]

Historic Houses Action Plan Launched

The plan contains nine actions aimed at securing these historic properties on a sustainable footing into the future.[more]

New Local Authority Museums Network Strategy Launched

The Local Authority Museums Network (LAMN) represents the 12 Local Authority Museums across Ireland, which play a vital role in the social, cultural and economic life of regions across Ireland.


Call for Papers for the Irish Museums Association Annual Conference

The Irish Museums Association (IMA) would like to invite members and professionals working in museums, galleries and cultural sector to present short papers, of 15 minutes duration, at the IMA Annual Conference in Dublin, 26-28...[more]

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

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

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

Native Woodland Scheme Launched

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


Ireland is buzzing as 68 organisations enlist to save our Bees

Ireland joins a small number of countries in Europe who have developed a strategy to address pollinator decline and protect pollination service[more]

A proposal for regenerating Ireland’s historic towns and villages

The IWTN have created a set of solutions which if funded will help make Ireland’s towns and villages better places in which to live, work and visit. [more]

Heritage Council at National Ploughing Championships

We'll be at the Ploughing Championships again this year running and advice clinic on the repair of traditional farm buildings. [more]

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

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

We're off to Electric Picnic!

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

Call for Historic Towns Research Awards 2015

Applications are now being sought for this year’s awards. There are two categories. These are best project or thesis by an individual taught masters student and best group project from taught masters students. [more]

Youghal Town Centre — Painting and Signage Programme 2015

The medieval town of Youghal is set to receive a major boost with the announcement that Cork County Council will roll out an innovative grants scheme to tenants or owners of buildings along the Main Street of Youghal.[more]

Museums Recognised for High Standards of Management, Care of Collections and Visitor Services

Seven of Ireland’s museums were today recognised for high standards of management, care of collections and visitor services, by the Heritage Council under its Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI). [more]

Results of Research on Heritage Awareness Released

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

Failte Ireland launch Ancient Spaces Capital Grants Scheme

Failte Irelands Ancient Spaces Capital Grants Scheme to encourage the development of compelling visitor experiences throughout the Ireland’s Ancient East region. [more]

Forum to Turbo-charge static Landscape Strategy!

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

Ireland Reaching Out launches new enhanced website

Ireland Reaching Out launches new enhanced website (IrelandXO.com) for Irish Diaspora at Iveagh House[more]

Winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2015 Announced

The winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2015 were celebrated on 11 June during a high-profile event at Oslo City Hall.[more]

Our Heritage Attracts 90% of tourists

Heritage is an important factor for the majority of the tourists who chose to holiday here.[more]

Register Your Event for Heritage Week

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

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

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

Michaels own grandmother, Jane Fortune, and her dresser Wexford (2012)

Seeking Households with Traditional Dressers

Artist Michael Fortune is currently seeking households with traditional dressers in Counties Tipperary, Carlow, Waterford and Mayo.[more]

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

Heritage Council announces funding for 197 heritage projects nationwide

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

Event registration for National Heritage Week 2015 is now open!

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

Launch of All Island Tree Check App

A smartphone web based App to enlist the public’s help in safeguarding tree and forest health on the island of Ireland has just been launched.[more]

Explore Ireland's Most Famous Heritage Sites in 3D

A new website has been launched featuring 3D images and videos of many of Ireland's most famous heritage sites and ancient monuments.[more]

Image: Failte Ireland

Irelands Ancient East is launched

A new tourism initiative promoting Ireland’s historical attractions has the potential to increase visitors by 20 per cent and raise revenue by almost €1 billion, according to Failte Ireland.[more]

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

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

Colin Stafford-Johnson

Living the Wildlife Returns to RTE on March 24th

Emmy award winning cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson returns to RTÁ‰ for another exciting season of Living the Wildlife.[more]

Launch of Research on the Irish labour Market in Construction Conservation

The report provides evidence and background information on constructions skills deficits and training needs for building conservation. It may be used to support submissions to the newly-formed Apprenticeship Council.[more]

The Irish Forum on Natural Capital (IFNC) is launched

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

Sign language Interpretation on tablets at OPW Heritage Sites

Minister Harris announced on Saturday January 31st that the OPW is developing a new service for providing sign language interpretation on tablets at OPW Heritage Sites.[more]

New Foundation Aims to Protect and Preserve Irish Folklore Heritage

The National Folklore Foundation, a new UCD spin-out company with charitable status, has been set up to preserve, protect and promote Ireland’s National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin.[more]

Bursaries available from Building Limes Forum Ireland

Up to €2,000 will be available per annum for a period of 5 years. The application must essentially have an educational nature, practical or theoretical, and must relate to the use of lime.[more]

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

Heritage Council Opens its Community Grant Scheme 2015

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

New Heritage Officer for County Leitrim

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

New Free Kilmallock Audio Trail

There is a new audio guide for one of the most intact medieval towns in Ireland. The Kilmallock audio guide is available free to download for people with smartphones or tablets.[more]

Minister Publishes the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015

The Bill sets out the national objective of transitioning to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy in the period up to and including the year 2050. [more]

General Scheme of the Planning and Development (No. 2) Bill 2014 Published

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly TD, and Minister of State, Paudie Coffey TD, have published the General Scheme of the Planning and Development (No. 2) Bill 2014, which was recently...[more]

Call for Expressions of Interest for the Decade of Centenaries Digital Preservation Award

The Digital Repository of Ireland has opened a call for expressions of interest from custodians of heritage material relating to the Decade of Centenaries who wish to digitally preserve their holdings. [more]

EirGrid Publishes Commitment to New Consultation Process

EirGrid announced details of their new approach to consultation arising from a comprehensive review of their existing consultation process for grid development projects.[more]

National Heritage Week Event Award Winners 2014

The National Heritage Week Event Awards are hosted by the Heritage Council, in recognition of those who organized events during Heritage Week, which took place from 17th — 25th August.

Ireland’s Industrial and Design Heritage is the Theme for National Heritage Week 2015

National Heritage Week is a part of European Heritage Days celebrated across Europe. In 2015 23 countries have agreed to come together to share a common theme industrial and design heritage.[more]

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

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

Photo 1 Day At the Market- Winner AdultPhoto 2 Experience- Winner-Youth WinnerPhoto 3 Sam at the Cliffs-Junior WinnerPhoto 4 Dark Hedges- Runner Up Adult CategoryPhoto 5 Dun Aeonghus- Runner Up Adult CategoryPhoto 6- Giants Causeway- Runner Up Youth CategoryPhoto 7- Old Cottage- Runner Up Youth CategoryPhoto 8- Siblings- Runner Up Junior CategoryPhoto 9- 3 Three Generations- Runner Up Junior Category

National Heritage Week Photo Competition Winners Announced

The theme for National Heritage Week 2014 was, ‘Family … generations exploring heritage together’. People were invited to submit photos interpreting the theme for this year’s Photography Competition.


Join Ireland’s largest citizen science project this Winter and help map Ireland’s wildlife

Let the National Biodiversity Data Centre know what you have seen out and about on your winter walks and help make a real difference to the Atlas of Mammals in Ireland project. [more]

New heritage tourism trail on the Wild Atlantic Way

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

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

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

New Heritage Guide Celebrating Waterford’s Built Heritage

Architectural Waterford —Buildings Through Time is a new heritage tourism guide published by Waterford City and County Council’s Heritage Office celebrating the built heritage of Waterford City and County.[more]

Bat Conseration Ireland produces first publication on Irish Bats

Irish Bats in the 21st Century is a 173 pages, full colour publication packed with lots of information on Irish bats that has been gathered over the past 10-15 years.[more]

Smart Beehive earns UCC Students International Prize

An energy-neutral, smart beehive that monitors the lives of honey bees has won UCC students an international competition.[more]

National Libary to make its entire collection of Catholic Parish Microfilm Registers Available Online

The National Library have just announced that they will make their entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms available online — for free — by summer 2015. [more]

Next generation must play central role in shaping future of Ireland Historic Towns

Many of Ireland’s historic towns have suffered significantly since the onset of the 2008 recession. The Historic Towns Research Awards were designed to allow students the possibility of providing insight and solutions into the...[more]

Heritage Council Seeks Sponsor for National Heritage Week

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

Seasons, Species & Patterns of a North East Atlantic Rocky Shore’:

This book captures the life of Ross Beach in 2014 and will prove to be a useful tool for identifying changes to these ecosystems in the future.[more]

Lismore Tidy Towns Cttee with Stone Depots Information Panel with Bernadette Guest, Heritage Officer for Waterford.

Lismore and Buncrana Wins Heritage Awards at The Tidy Towns 2014

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

Publication of First Book of Irish Animals

My First Book of Irish Animals is a beautiful picture book by Juanita Browne introducing young children to our wonderful wildlife. Filled with fascinating facts and illustrated by Aoife Quinn, this book will capture the...[more]

Museums make you happier and less lonely, studies find

Recent studies have found the visiting museums makes you happier and less lonely![more]

Irish documentary wins big on the International Stage

On A River in Ireland, broadcast on Irish TV as "The Secret Life of the Shannon", has won the top award at this year's Wildscreen Festival as well as taking away awards for Best Cinematography and Best Script. [more]

Preliminary Notice: Call for INSTAR Research Projects

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

Eight Consecutive Tidy Island Award Wins for Bere Island

The community of Bere Island are again celebrating winning the Tidy Island Award in this year’s National SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition. It is the island’s eighth consecutive win. [more]

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys pictured with the Chairs and Directors of the National Cultural Institutions.

Minister Humphreys meets Cultural Heads - National Cultural Policy a Priority

As culture night was getting in to full swing, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys met with the Chairpersons and Directors of the 11 Cultural Institutions under her aegis.[more]

Tidy Towns Awards 2014 Announced

The Tidy Towns Awards 2014 were announced on 8th September 2014. [more]

National Heritage Week kicks off This Weekend

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

Call for Submissions to Support Cooperation projects on Transnational Tourism based on European cultural and industrial heritage”

The European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry has launched a call for proposals on the themes of “Cooperation projects to support transnational tourism based on European cultural and industrial...[more]

Waterford County Museum Launches A Series of Heritage Signs in Dungarvan

Waterford County Museum have produced some fantastic new signs on the heritage of Dungarvan. The signs also contain QR codes for Smartphone users to access the Dungarvan Heritage Trail App. [more]

European Museum Academy and the Micheletti Foundation have launched the 20th edition of the Micheletti Award scheme

Museums dealing with technical and industrial history, political and social history of the XX century, science and environmental issues are invited to take part into this program unique in Europe. [more]

Medieval Waterford- Above and Below Ground

Archaeologist Dave Pollack has now created the start of a wonderfully illustrated and accessible series of booklets with the recent publication of Medieval Waterford- Above and Below Ground.[more]

Generations encouraged to explore Heritage Together during Heritage Week 2014

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

Call for Expressions of Interest for the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland

The Museum Standards Programme is making a call for expressions of interest as a first step for an institution considering applying for eligibility to join at a future date.[more]

Study Heritage at GMIT Mayo Campus

The Heritage Studies Programme at GMIT Mayo Campus is a multidisciplinary programme combining the study of cultural, environmental and built heritage. [more]

A fun and informative new audio trail has been released for County Laois

The Laois Monastic Trail will lead you around the beautiful landscape of County Laois to discover the remains of ancient churches and monasteries and to hear stories of saints and sinners at the dawn of Christianity in Ireland.[more]

Heritage Council welcomes the publication of the Draft National Landscape Strategy

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

The Hunt Museum receiving their Accreditation Certificate presented by Conor Newman, Chairperson of The Heritage Council

Seven Irish Museums receive recognition for high standards under the ‘Heritage Council Museum Standards Programme for Ireland’

Seven museums received recognition for high standards in the management of the museum, care of collections and visitor services under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI) awards ceremony held on Wednesday 2 July. [more]

Famine Memorial Dublin

Why We Commemorate Events

An address by Helen O Carroll, Curator of the Kerry County Museum, on the nature of commemoration and why we commemorate events. [more]

Applications Now Open for World Heritage Management and Conservation at University College Dublin

The UCD MSc World Heritage Management and Conservation programme is designed to equip participants with an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of issues surrounding the management, conservation and sustainable...[more]

Photo: Dick Coombes

Irelands Swifts Need Your Help

The future of the Swift is under threat and there is growing concern for their populations both here in Ireland and across Europe. BirdWatch Ireland is undertaking a number of Swift surveys, and need your help by simply letting...[more]

New Action Plan Launched for the Walled Towns of Ireland

The 2014-2016 action Plan, the third to have been compiled by the IWTN, identifies the key issues that threaten the vitality of historic towns, and provides a framework through which the Irish Walled Towns Network can help its...[more]

Showcase your County’s local heritage and get involved in organising an event for National Heritage Week

National Heritage Week takes place nationwide from 23rd — 31st August. Register your event online now.[more]

Have you a story to tell about the River Shannon?

Limerick Playwright wants your stories for her new play about

The River Shannon.


Elias Shee pre and post conservation

Renaissance tombs in St Mary’s graveyard, Kilkenny city get the care they deserve

A recent conservation project has given the Renaissance tombs in St Mary’s graveyard, Kilkenny city a new lease of life. During the late twentieth century the graveyard became dilapidated and some of the tombs were vandalised and...[more]

SEAI invites Proposal for Sustainable Energy Research, Development and demonstration (RD&D) Projects

SEAI invites proposals from business, academic and public sector organisations located in Ireland for carrying out sustainable energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects in 2014[more]

New Directory launched for Heritage In Schools Scheme

The Heritage Council is delighted to bring you the new and expanded Heritage Expert Directory for the Heritage in Schools Scheme. 55 new experts have recently been added.[more]

National Print Museum

Call for Papers for IMA Forum: Education & Outreach

Irish Museums Association have issued a call for papers for their forthcoming IMA Forum:Education and Outreach on Friday 27th June in Dublin. [more]

Carlow-Sherwood Park

Minister Announces Funding for Protected Buildings & Historic Structures

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has approved funding in principle for 618 projects at protected building and historic structures across the State.[more]

Back L-R: Pat Murtagh, Roscommon County Council. Cllr. Jimmy Coogan, Dr. Robert Meehan, Co-Author. Dr. Matthew Parkes, Co-Author. Cllr. Liam Callaghan. Dr. Kieran O’Conor, The Heritage Council & NUIG, John Kerrigan, Historian.Front L-R: Martin Connaughton, Mayor. Nollaig Feeney, Heritage Officer, Roscommon County Council. Cllr. Orla Leyden & Connie Scanlon, Bogfire Graphic Design.

Launch of ‘Karst, Turloughs and Eskers: The Geological Heritage of County Roscommon’.

Launch of a brand new guidebook ‘Karst, Turloughs and Eskers: The Geological Heritage of County Roscommon’. Written by Dr. Matthew Parkes and Dr. Robert Meehan took place recently. [more]

New TV3's Series "The Park"

Filmed over a two-year period, this epic four-part series opens up the world of wonder that resides within Ireland’s oldest National Park in Killarney - a living archive of some of our most precious scenery, plants and wildlife. [more]

L to R: Clare Burke, Emer Dolphin and Niamh Bn Ui Loinsigh (all Julianstown & District Community Association/JDCA), Mary Crowley (President of IPI), Alison Harvey (Heritage Council), Minister Fergus O’Dowd T.D., Jackie O’Shea (JDCA), Dara Keogh (GeoDirectory), Conor Linehan (William Fry Solicitors).

Community-Led Village Design Statements Toolkit Scoops National Planning Award

The Heritage Council's Community-Led Village Design Statements Toolkit has won the "Innovative Planning Practices & Procedures Award" at the recent National Planning Awards awarded by the Irish Planning Institute. [more]

Salthouse and associated quay in Slade, Hook Head, Co Wexford which is receiving funding for a conservation and management plan under the scheme.

Grant Awards for Heritage Management & Conservation Projects Announced

A total of €652,550 has been allocated to 144 projects under our 2014 Heritage Management Scheme for various management and conservation projects throughout the country[more]

Spring Clean your local area this April

The An Taisce National Spring Clean is Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative which runs throughout the month of April every year with clean-up events taking place in towns and communities all over the country. [more]

Help Needed with the Hop To It Irish Frog Survey

Every year IPCC needs the help of people all over Ireland to take part in the National Frog Survey Ireland. Please record where frogs, spawn and tadpoles occur in the Hop to It Irish Frog Survey. [more]

Giant Rhubarb (Gunnera tinctoria)

Invasion of alien species to Ireland on the increase

Invasion of alien species to Ireland is on the increase with nearly four times more seen in the wild in the last century than the previous one. Help is needed to combat their threat to our biodiversity, economy and health.[more]

Tidier Towns The Way Forward Conference

Our Planning & Development Officer Alison Harvey spoke this week at the Tidier Towns The Way Forward Conference. The Conference which was held in Cork aimed to motivate community groups to improve their areas. [more]

All about Insects: New Radio Show for Children starts on RTE Junior

An interesting new radio show all about Ireland’s insect world is coming to the airwaves. Stings, Wings & Crawly Things is a 12 part series for children aged 4-7 years that tells us all about Irish insects, spiders and other...[more]

RTE's " At Your Service" seek tourism businesses for New Series

Waddell Media who produce RTE's " At Your Service" are looking for tourism businesses such as museums, folk parks, heritage centres, community projects, heritage sites, souvenir shops, craft centres etc to feature in the next...[more]

Pictured at the launch Peter Bacon, Peter Bacon Associates, John Moran, Secretary General, Department of Finance, Amanda Pedlow, Heritage Officer Offaly County Council, Conor Newman, Chairman of he Heritage Council

Heritage Council Proposes Living Town Tax Incentive Scheme to Protect and Enhance Heritage Buildings

With the collapse of public funds available for such investment in recent years, many older buildings in town centres, which are under-used and in need of investment, will decline further.[more]

First calls for proposals published under Creative Europe — opportunities for the Heritage sector

Organisations with a legal identity who are active in the cultural and creative sectors can apply in conjunction with partner organisations from eligible countries for project grants.[more]

Ireland's Memorial Records Website lanched

The new archive, ‘Ireland’s Memorial Records’, lists 49,000 soldiers from the island of Ireland who died during the First World War or as a result of wounds sustained during battle. [more]

Village Design Statement Toolkit Shortlisted for National Planning Award

Heritage Council and Partners’ Community-led Village Design Statement Toolkit and inaugural Multi-disciplinary Toolkit Training Workshop launched in October 2012 have been shortlisted for a National Planning Award by the...[more]

Launch of New Irish folklore Repository

A new Irish folklore repository was officially launched by Dinny McGinley TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in December 2013. [more]

Dublineage App Launched

Dublineage is an application for people with an interest in Dublin’s past. The application focuses on data retrieved from the 1911 Irish census pertaining to the Dublin City area. Dublineage provides intuitive offline access to...[more]

Wet heath blanket bog, Co Donegal

Heritage Council Urges New Approach to Agri-Environment Programme

The Heritage Council is proposing an agri-environment programme that will provide the most support to farmers who contribute the most in terms of wildlife. [more]

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was presented with a Copy of Corries, Caves and Coast by Director of the Geological Survey Ireland Koen Verbruggen at the official opening of the Copper Coast Geopark Centre attended by Mayor of Waterford Co. Council Cllr. Damien Geoghegan

Corries, Caves and Coast- New book on Waterford’s Geological Heritage

Corries, Caves and Coast — The Geological Heritage of County Waterford is a new publication celebrating the diversity of geological sites across the county and the fascinating stories in the rocks, minerals and fossils...[more]

Coastwatch: The Highlights and Lowlights of their 2013 Autumn Survey

On the first week of December, Coastwatch launched the 'hightlights and lowlights' results of their annual autumn Coastwatch Survey.[more]

The Heritage Council Opens its Grant Programme 2014

The Heritage Council intends to allocate €700,000 to its Heritage Management Scheme in to support projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings).[more]

The Heritage Council launches Heritage Maps

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

New Initiatives Launched to Safeguard Ireland’s Unique Hedgerows

Ireland’s unique hedgerow network is receiving the recognition it deserves with the establishment of a National Hedgerow Database and a Hedgerow Appraisal System[more]

Proposals Sought for Enhancing Visitor Experiences at OPW Sites

Proposals are invited from companies to provide enhanced visitor experiences at OPW sites nationwide.[more]

New Heritage Course by Loophead Tourism Network

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

100 Stories about County Offaly

100 great stories about Offaly's Heritage. Did you know? . . one of Ireland’s last public hangings took place at Tullamore Gaol . . Croghan Hill is a volcano . . .a U.S. president is descended from a Moneygall shoemaker. Read...[more]

Call for Papers-Beyond the Grave

Research papers wanted from all professional and academic fields concerned with funerals, graveyards, cemeteries, and the cultural heritage which surrounds them.[more]

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

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

Call for Papers for the Irish Museums Association Annual Conference in February 2014

The IMA have issued a call for papers for the IMA Annual Conference in Waterford, on Friday 21 February 2014. The overall theme is 'Museums and Memory: Challenging Histories'. [more]

New Heritage Guide for Waterford’s Historic Coast

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

Public Consultation on Renewable Energy Begins

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

Islands, Coast and Quarries: The Geological Heritage of Fingal

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

Seeking old family letters and photographs to create a new digital archive detailing ordinary life in Ireland 1916.

Ireland’s first crowd-sourced humanities project, The Letters of 1916: Creating History, aims to create a large scale digital collection of letters written for the six months before and after the Easter Rising. [more]

New Passage Tomb Discovery in the Boyne Valley

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

Heritage Award for St John's Parish Heritage Group at Tidy Towns Awards 2013

St John's Parish Heritage group, Co. Roscommon won the Heritage Award for their work on the Rindoon Project as part of the Tidy Towns Awards.[more]

Short Course on offer at UCC for those working in the Commercial Archaeological Sector

The Department of Archaeology, UCC, is offering short courses to those working in the commercial archaeology sector in Ireland. These courses are taught to NQR Level 9 standard (taught masters).[more]

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

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

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

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

€2.6 Million announced for the AranLIFE Project

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht confirmed the provision of €2.6 million funding for Aran Islands conservation under the EU's LIFE+ programme.[more]

New BSc in Applied Conservation Skills Course at WIT

Interested in up-skilling in the construction industry to take advantage of career opportunities in the care and maintenance of old buildings?WIT is launching a new BSc course in Applied Conservation. [more]

Eleven of Ireland’s Museums recognised for high standards under Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland

Eleven of Ireland’s museums were today recognised for high standards in the management of the museum, care of collections and visitor services under the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland. [more]

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

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

Secret Life of the Shannon series

The Secret Life of the Shannon Series will be broadcast on RTE1 at 6.30pm on 26th May & 2nd June 2013. [more]

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

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

UCD launch Distance Learning courses on World Heritage Conservation

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

News in Ireland 100 Year Ago

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago. It's published on a fortnightly basis, beginning in May 2013.[more]

Down Survey of Ireland Website Launched

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

New Heritage Plan for County Monaghan

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

Submissions sought for new Inland Fisheries Act

The Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Fergus O’Dowd, T.D. invites members of the public and interested parties to send written submissions for consideration by the Department in...[more]

Ogham Stones in 3D

A new website containing a database of 3D images of Ogham stones from all around Ireland has recently been launched.[more]

Online Event Registration- Now open for Heritage Week

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

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

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

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

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

Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network wins prestigious European Heritage award

The Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) has won a highly sought after European heritage award.[more]

Place Shapers: An Architecture/ Urban Design Project for Young People

The project teams up young people with architects and a filmmaker to investigate architecture and urban design in their own neighbourhoods. [more]

Dr. Don Cotton

NBDC Announce Distinguished Recorder 2012

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is delighted to announce that Dr. Don C.F. Cotton was presented with the Distinguished Recorder Award 2012 at a special ceremony in Dublin on Thursday 22nd November.[more]

Protected Areas have increased to cover one fifth of Europe’s Land

More than 21% of the land has some kind of protected status in the 39 countries which work with the European Environment Agency (EEA).[more]

From Apathy to Empathy: Reconnecting People & Place - Audio Available

Feedback from organisers, speakers and attendees is now available online. This unique event brought together leading national and international thinkers and practitioners who specialise in the theme of place-based learning. [more]

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral launches “Tales from our Timeline” Exhibition

The Cathedral’s new digital learning exhibition allows smart-phone users free access to online videos through a series of QR Codes placed around the building.[more]

New Guide to Great Southern Trail Published

Time to explore the old Limerick to Tralee railway line![more]

MSPI - 3 Additional Museums Receive Full Accreditation

Congratulations to the Old Library in Trinity College Dublin; Pearse Museum OPW in St. Enda’s Park Rathfarnham; and Castletown House OPW in Co. Kildare who were today awarded full accreditation by the Heritage Council under the...[more]

Members of the steering committee for the new Roscrea Town Enhancement Plan which was launched recently at Roscrea.

Launch - Roscrea Town Enhancement Plan

The Heritage Council has chosen Roscrea, among only a handful of Irish towns to put in place a public realm plan.[more]

Cape Clear Island Summer Courses - Summer Sale

Courses include birdwatching, wildlife photography and nature spotting[more]

Interactive Map of the Shannon, the Grand and Royal Canals

This map was created using GIS and will allow you to zoom down to sections of the Shannon and canals covered under the Heritage Council's Corridor Studies. [more]

Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth in Mid-Sized Towns - Video clips now available

This conference examined how the heritage resources of a town can help it recover from the recession. If you missed this conference back in January - watch the video clips of the speakers' presentations.[more]