Heritage Council


New Heritage Plan for Sligo Launched

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.

The new Heritage Plan for County Sligo was launched by the Chair of Sligo Heritage Forum, Cllr Seamus Kilgannon at City Hall, Sligo on Wednesday 23rd March. The plan, which is the third published for Sligo, covers the period 2016 — 2020.  It sets out a series of strategic themes and ambitious actions for the built, natural and cultural heritage of Sligo for the next five years.

The Heritage Plan has been prepared by the members of Sligo Heritage Forum with the support of the Heritage Office, Sligo County Council.  Implementation of the Plan will be overseen by the Heritage Forum in partnership with Sligo County Council and The Heritage Council.

Speaking at the launch, Leas Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Paul Taylor thanked the large number of individuals and groups who have had an input into developing the Plan, saying “the consultation process undertaken in developing this plan ensures that the interests and wishes of all people in Sligo are reflected in its actions, and this sense of partnership really strengthens the plan for the future”.

Chief Executive, Ciaran Hayes added that “Sligo County Council is fully committed to conserving and enhancing the heritage of Sligo in partnership with local communities.  This plan sets out a range of very positive actions which will help us to achieve this in a planned way”. He also thanked the Heritage Council, who have provided advice, support and crucially funding for Heritage Plan projects in Sligo over the past 15 years.

Conor Newman, Chair of The Heritage Council, welcomed the publication of the Heritage Plan and highlighted the important role of heritage in strengthening communities and supporting socio economic development.  He added that ‘the heritage plan is a call to action, a challenge to each of us to get involved so that we can maximise the benefits of Sligo’s world class heritage.’  Thanking the members of Sligo Heritage Forum, he continued “without this committed group of partners, the Heritage Plan process which has reaped such rewards in Sligo over the past 15 years, would not have been possible”.

Chair of Sligo Heritage Forum, Cllr Seamus Kilgannon, thanked the elected members of Sligo County Council and the Heritage Council for their continued support. Continuing, he said “The new Plan recognises the importance of heritage to communities and that our heritage needs careful management to ensure its future protection and enhancement.   I would urge anyone with an interest in the heritage of County Sligo to get a copy of this plan”.

The County Sligo Heritage Plan 2016-2020 is available directly from Sligo Heritage Office, City Hall, Quay Street, Sligo and all Branch Libraries .