Below is a list of useful FAQs to help you find information quickly and easily about The Heritage Council. If you have a question that you feel should be added to the list below please contact us by phoning our head office.
What is heritage?
National heritage is defined as monuments, archaeological objects, heritage objects, architectural heritage, flora, fauna, wildlife habitats, landscapes, seascapes, wrecks, geology, heritage gardens and parks and inland waterways.
What is The Heritage Council?
The Heritage Council is a statutorily independent body, established under the Heritage Act, 1995, and funded by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The Council’s statutory functions include proposing policies and priorities for the identification, protection, preservation and enhancement of the national heritage, and promoting education, knowledge and pride in, and facilitating appreciation and enjoyment of our heritage.
For further info about The Heritage Council including Heritage Council Members and Staff see the About Us section.
What is The Heritage Council's Mission Statement?
The Heritage Council seeks to protect and enhance the richness, quality and diversity of our national heritage for everyone. It works with its partners, particularly at local level, to increase awareness of our national heritage and to highlight its importance to public policy and everyday life.
What is the role of The Heritage Council?
The role of The Heritage Council is to propose policies and priorities for the identification, protection, preservation and enhancement of the national heritage. The Council has a particular responsibility to promote interest, education, knowledge and pride in the national heritage. More specifically:
Heritage Information - collection and dissemination
To advise on and contribute to the development of a comprehensive heritage
database, and to ensure the effective use of heritage data in policy formulation and decision-making.
Advice to the Minister
To propose high quality advice to the Minister on policies and priorities relating to the national heritage.
Placing heritage in the heart of public life
To influence the shaping of public policy, ensuring that it is fully informed and takes full account of heritage issues.
Local authorities and heritage management
To support local authorities, as the Council's key partners, in the integration of
heritage conservation into their activities, and the enhancement of heritage at the local level.
Raising awareness and appreciation of our heritage
To facilitate and build on increased awareness, understanding and enjoyment of the heritage among the community.
Best practice in heritage conservation and management
To promote and advise on best practice standards for heritage conservation and management among practitioners.
Why is it important to protect our heritage?
It is important to protect our Heritage for many reasons. It differentiates us from other nations, it greatly enhances our quality of life (imagine an Ireland with no sense of identity, no beautiful landscapes or seascapes and no historic buildings dotting the countryside and providing interest and visual appeal to our cities, towns and villages). In addition our heritage is essential to our economy being one of our greatest selling points in the domestic and international tourism markets.
Heritage in Ireland is not a luxury and as outlined above, it is essential to our quality of life and economy. Our ecosystems or nature’s services deliver vital goods and services that we take for granted as we place no price on their contribution and the goods they deliver are not traded on the stock exchange or market place. Yet, these goods underpin our agriculture, forestry and tourism industries and are crucial to human health and wellbeing today and in the future.
Furthermore we have a responsibility to future generations to protect what has been handed down to us so that they may benefit and enjoy their heritage just as we do now.
When was The Heritage Council established?
The Heritage Council was established as a statutory body under the Heritage Act in 1995. For info on The Heritage Councils history and how it came to be see our History in the About Us section.
Does The Heritage Council have links to County Councils
The Heritage Council works with a variety of stakeholders on a local and national level. Amongst these are County Heritage Officers who are employed by Local Authorities in partnership with the Heritage Council under the Heritage Officer Programme. The Heritage Council works closely with Heritage Officers around the country to promote heritage awareness and projects.
How do I contact The Heritage Council?
Heritage Council Contact Details:
The Heritage Council,
Áras na hOidhreachta,
Tel: (056) 777 0777
International callers: +353 56 777 0777
Fax: (056) 777 0788
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