Education is at the heart of The Heritage Councils work programme.  With knowledge comes a greater sense of responsibility and appreciation of the value of Heritage as it contributes to our quality of life.

Welcome to Education

Under the Heritage Act, 1995 [PDF 96KB], the Heritage Council's role is "to promote interest, education, knowledge and pride in, and facilitate the appreciation and enjoyment of the national heritage". Education is therefore at the heart of the Heritage Council's work programme and we work with a variety of stakeholders such as public authorities, educational bodies, private organisations and individuals to generate, coordinate, support and promote initiatives that will educate about our national heritage.


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 at the National Ploughing Championships

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

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]

We're off to Electric Picnic!

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

Results of Research on Heritage Awareness Released

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

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]

Ireland Reaching Out launches new enhanced website

Ireland Reaching Out launches new enhanced website ( 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]

Register Your Event for Heritage Week

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

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

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

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

Heritage Council announces funding for 197 heritage projects nationwide

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

Event registration for National Heritage Week 2015 is now open!

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

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

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

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]

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]

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]

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.


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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]


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National Heritage Week
The Heritage Council coordinates and promotes National Heritage Week. In 2012, over 600,000 people attended a record 1,500 events around the country during the week in August. It involved over 900 event organisers from community groups and volunteers, cultural institutions, and state agencies.

The Heritage in Schools Scheme
The Heritage in Schools Scheme provides a panel of 165 heritage specialists who visit primary schools throughout the country, bringing Ireland's heritage directly into the classroom for pupils. 


Heritage Manifesto: A Strategic Investment Programme for People and Place

Do you support community based heritage, education and training?  Want to see more government  investment and capacity in the sector? This document has some ideas you can help us to promote in the coming weeks and...[more]