Heritage Services

All heritage is local, particularly natural heritage, and local communities are the ultimate custodians of that heritage. The survival of our heritage often depends on action at the local level.

Welcome to County Heritage Services

As part of its remit under the Heritage Act, 1995 [pdf 96kb], the work of the Heritage Council reaches into the heart of communities throughout Ireland through its network of 28 County Heritage Officers. The primary responsibility of Heritage Officers is to assist in the development of County Heritage Plans. These plans are drawn up by groups representing different interests from within the community. Funding for projects initiated under the County Heritage Plans is made available through the Local Authority, the Heritage Council and through other sources.

LATEST NEWS

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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 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]

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]

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]

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]

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