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Humans have occupied Ireland for the past 10,000 years, leaving us with a rich legacy of archaeological monuments and landscapes. We work to conserve this unique archaeological heritage.

Events Archive

National Heritage Week

20th-28th August, Nationwide- Explore 100 years of heritage with 1800 events which are taking place country wide. [more]

Maintenance of Town Walls Workshops

12 & 13 April, Dublin- The IWTN will be running two workshops on how to plan and conduct simple maintenance actions on medieval town walls.[more]

Dublin City & County Archaeology GIS Workshop

27th November, Dublin- The Implementation and impact of the Dublin City and County Archaeology GIS Project: Towards Inter-disciplinary best practice.[more]

Developing Tourism in your Historic Town

4th November, Kilkenny- Our Irish walled Towns Network is hosting a FREE half day seminar on tourism in historic towns. [more]

Culture Night

18th September, Nationwide- Culture Night is an annual all-island public event that celebrates culture, creativity and the arts.[more]

Roscommon Cross Slabs - Community Photogrammetry Training Project

23rd May-27th June (Saturdays)- An exciting new training course is being offered to the public as part of a project to digitally record early Christian cross slabs in Co. Roscommon.[more]

Burren in Bloom

30th April-18th May, Co Clare- The Burren in Bloom Festival 2015 is nearly here with a series of illustrated talks and organised walks during the month of May. Walks are held on Wednesdays and Sundays with talks on Tuesdays and...[more]

National Pilgrim Paths Day

4th April Nationwide- Easter Festival based on Ireland’s dense network of medieval pilgrim walking routes. Organised by the local communities adjacent to each of our principal penitential routes.[more]

Weather Beaten Archaeology

7th March, Sligo- The first of its kind. The Conference aims to establish a forum for the exchange of experiences of extreme weather events and their impact on archaeological sites. [more]

Sensing the Past – New Approaches to European Landscapes

24th-26th February, Germany- An international conference on the achievement of the ArchaeoLandscapes Europe Project (ArcLand), one of the largest initiatives within the Culture Programme of the European Union in the years from...[more]

Recent archaeological research in the Boyne Valley.

29th November, Meath- This will be the third biennial seminar exploring recent archaeological research from a variety of projects across the Boyne Valley.[more]

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Special Lecture - The Bog Bodies Project: Latest Research

13th November 2014- Science Week 2014. Special Lecture - The Bog Bodies Project: Latest Research[more]

Maintenance of Town Walls Workshops

8th & 9th October, Dublin- The IWTN will be running two workshops on how to plan and conduct simple maintenance actions on medieval town walls. [more]

Official Launch of Heritage Week

23rd August, Merrion Square Park, Dublin- We are teaming up with the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland for an archaeological extravaganza for the launch of Heritage Week. [more]

Heritage Week 2015

22nd-30th August 2015- There’s lots of fun in store for you during National Heritage Week with lots of events taking place nationwide. [more]

Lost & Found: County Donegal's Archaeological Heritage

14th June, Donegal- Free Seminar on the archaeological heritage of County Donegal. Organised by Donegal County Council[more]

The Irish High Cross Pop-Up Exhibition

Kildare, July & August- A free exhibition about our iconic Irish high crosses, where to find them and the art that decorates them.[more]

Historic Settlement and West Cork

9-11 May, Cork- (44th) Annual conference of the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement.[more]

City of Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration

21st December, Dublin- In its 4th year, this grassroots community event is a unique gathering of people of all ethnicities and cultures for the ancient Celtic celebration of the darkest day of the year. [more]

Revealing the Past: Archaeological Research in Ireland

28th November, Dublin- This public seminar, organised by the Academy Committee for Archaeology, aims to showcase to wide general audience, the results of several recently funded excavations and research projects.[more]

Irish Fisheries, Food Products and Exports: A Historical Perspective

9 November, Dublin- Irish Fisheries, Food Products & Exports since Medieval Times. The conference is organised by the Discovery Programme, in association with the Agricultural History Society of Ireland and the Irish...[more]

Developing Sustainable Tourism Destinations

17 & 18 October, Clare- the Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark LIFE national conference on sustainable destination development through partnership; balancing conservation and tourism.[more]

Heritage Council Grants are Vital to Your Local Community

25th September, Dublin- Briefing Session for TDs and Senators on how vital Heritage Council grants are to your local community. [more]

The Forgotten State of Industry

18th & 19th October, Wicklow- This exciting two day international conference brings together an exceptional group of speakers from across Ireland, Europe and beyond.[more]

Lunchtime Lectures in association with Friends of Medieval Dublin and Dublin City Council

Lunchtime lecture series exploring seven events that impacted significantly on Medieval Dublin.



Monument Survey, Hill of Tara, Co. Meath

10th June, Meath- Monument Survey of the Hill of Tara, Co Meath[more]

School of Irish Archaeology Summer Camps

Dublin, July, This year SIA will be running its archaeology summer camp for two weeks again at Harold's Cross NS.[more]

Burren in Bloom Festival

May- The Burren in Bloom Festival returns this year with a series of illustrated talks and organised walks throughout the month of May. [more]

Holywell Trust Presents - Walls 400! The History Conference

This Conference is your opportunity to explore all dimensions of the history of Derry's Walls. [more]

Public Seminar on St. Mary's Church and Graveyard

Public Seminar on the Conservation and Restoration of St. Mary's Church and Graveyard Project.[more]

‘The Norman Adventure in Leinster’ - Conference

Dublin, March 9th. Specialists in Norman History will speak about a variety of Norman influences in Leinster.


Recent Archaeological Research in the Boyne Valley: Conference

15th Dec, Co. Meath. A one-day symposium presenting new research from the wider Boyne region. [more]

Disaster & Recovery: Institute of Archaeologists in Ireland Conference

2nd, 3rd November, Belfast. Disaster & Recovery is the theme of this Autumn's IAI Conference.[more]

Ireland in a Roman World: LIARI Conference

20th-21st Oct, Dublin. The Discovery Programme is proud to announce the 1st international interdisciplinary conference that will consider how communities in Ireland engaged with the Roman world. [more]

Celebrating Laois Heritage Conference

10th Nov, Co. Laois. Speakers will include Jacqui Donnelly (Dept of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht) on Energy Efficiency in Historic buildings, Richard McLoughlin of Lotts Architecture on How to Write a Conservation Report and...[more]

Digging the Monto: An Archaeology of Tenement Life & the 1913 Lockout

25 Oct—10 Nov 2012, Dublin. An exhibition and residency by Dr Thomas Kador with support from the Heritage Council featuring collections from Terry Fagan and Martin Coffey.[more]

Tales of Medieval Dublin 2012: Lectures

20th Nov & 11th Dec, Dublin. The annual lunchtime lecture series will explore the lives of seven different and fascinating inhabitants of Medieval Dublin. [more]

Recent Archaeological Research in the Boyne Valley

Dec 15th, Co. Meath. A Free one-day symposium presenting research from the wider Boyne area.[more]

After Dark at the National Heritage Park!

Come face to face with the ghosts and ghouls of Ireland’s past … and present

at the Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig.[more]

Archaeology Month at Dublinia - October 2012!

Come along to our specialist lecture series, examine real artefacts, join special tours with real Archaeologists, and for the younger ones, take part in Dig Workshop, treasure hunts, and the Big Outdoor Dig! All this and much...[more]

Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth - Cavan Workshop

21 September, Co. Cavan. This workshop series is generating an increased awareness of the opportunities for enterprise and business development based on Ireland's unique local heritage.[more]

Conference: Data Analysis/ Information Discovery/ Mapping Technologies

Compass Informatics clients and staff will present on a number of themes including: Enterprise Solutions, Planning & Data Analysis; Surveying & Field Mapping Options; and selected R&D updates. [more]

Recent Archaeological Fieldwork in Glendalough - A Public Lecture

5 September, Co. Wicklow - Dr. Graeme Warren of UCD School of Archaeology will give a lecture on recent finds at Glendalough.[more]

European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) Conference

18-21 September, Dublin - The conference brings together archaeologists, art historians and philologists who share a common interest in Southeast Asia’s past from prehistoric to historic periods. [more]

Making Christian Landscapes Conference

21-23 September, Co. Cork - Landscapes across Europe were transformed as a result of the conversion to Christianity and the development of ecclesiastical structures during the early medieval period. This conference will seek to...[more]

Into the Earth: The Archaeology of Darkness - Conference

27 October, Co. Sligo - This archaeological and multidisciplinary conference, hosted by I.T. Sligo, will be the first to examine this subject in a dedicated fashion and promises to be a thought-provoking and exciting event.[more]

The Blackfriary, Trim - Open Day - 22nd July

The day will be devoted to tours of the archaeological excavations, information on the findings of the current and previous seasons, and a chance to see the artefacts recovered. [more]

Tours of Archaeological Dig at Heritage Council HQ to Continue!

Due to the popular demand for tours of the archaeological dig at the Robing Room here at Heritage Council HQ, we're doing more tours this Thursday & Friday! We had almost double the number of bookings expected last week...[more]

Archaeological Dig at Heritage Council HQ - Open to Public until Friday!

Do you want to see a live archaeological dig, see medieval artefacts uncovered at your feet and have an opportunity to question the archaeologists? [more]

International Symposium - The Spanish Armada Wrecks in Ireland

This exciting Irish maritime event will be visited by expert underwater archaeologists, surveyors, historians, authors, training officers and divers from Ireland and England. [more]

Archaeology Summer Camp 2012!

The School of Irish Archaeology is running a Summer Camp this July for 8-12 year-olds.[more]

Archaeology and YOU

A 2-day seminar designed to introduce participants to landscape archaeology.[more]

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Doolin Heritage Weekend

An initiative to benefit the Killilagh Church Window Restoration Project.[more]

14th Medieval Dublin Symposium Hosted by Friends of Medieval Dublin

Friends of Medieval Dublin are delighted to announce that the Symposium will take place on Saturday 19th May 2012 in the Robert Emmet Theatre (Room 2037), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.[more]

Clachan and Rundale: Post-Medieval Farming and Settlement

June 9th, Co. Kildare. Joint conference by the Agricultural History Society of Ireland and the Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland Maynooth, celebrating 75 years.[more]

Rathnadrinna Dig, Co. Tipperaray - Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers needed for an 8-week archaeological research project “Cashel’s Big Dig” at Rathnadrinna Fort, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.[more]

Sligo 400 Years of the Borough - Conference

11th - 13th May 2012, Sligo. Celebrating 400 Years of the Borough.[more]

Heritage as an Engine of Economic Growth - Kerry Workshop

21st April, Kerry. Following on from the outstanding success of the Galway event the Heritage Council is pleased to announce the details of the next workshop in the series which will take place in Listowel, Co. Kerry.[more]

Irish Landscape Institute Public Lecture Series 2012 - Landscape, Archaeology & Visual Assessment

This presentation will address the importance of the Irish landscape for tourism, what our overseas tourists think of our landscape and how some of our best views are actually our best kept secrets! [more]

The Secrets of Stone: Ireland's Geoheritage - Seminar

24th March, Dublin. This seminar aims to increase public awareness of Ireland’s fascinating geoheritage and will examine the diversity of projects taking place in Ireland.[more]

Introduction to Conservation Plans - 1 Day Course

29th March 2012. This course is being run by the Heritage Council as part of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI) Continuous Professional Development Programme 2012. [more]

Archaeological Archives as a Resource: Creation, Curation & Access - Conference

Thursday, 23 February 2012. Focusing on the paper archive, the conference proposes that archaeological archives are a crucial national heritage resource, worthy of continued curation, which should be accessible to all researchers...[more]

Conference - Tullahedy: Neolithic Settlement in North Munster

24th & 25th February 2012. The conference will consider the results of recent UCC excavations at the Neolithic enclosure and settlement at Tullahedy, near Nenagh, North Tipperary. The line-up includes the launch of the Tullahedy...[more]

UCD School of Archaeology - Research Seminar Series 2011/12

All welcome to UCD's School of Archaeology - Research Seminar Series 2011/12. Every Thursday at 5 pm, Room A109, Newman Building, UCD, Dublin.[more]

Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group Annual Conference

The annual conference of the Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group to be held in Wexford on the 3rd-5th February 2012.[more]

Landscapes of Desire: Parks, Colonialism and Identity in Victorian and Edwardian Ireland. January 2012 Lecture.

Irish Landscape Institute Lecture Series 2012: January Lecture by Dr. Joanna BrÁ¼ck, UCD School of Archaeology. Wednesday 25 January, Pearse Street Library, Dublin 2[more]

Technological Advances in Landscape and Heritage Management Recording

One day symposium. 12th August 2011. Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin.[more]

Transferable Skills Workshop

Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland CPD Programme. Limerick. Monday 4th July 2011.[more]

Communicating Archaeology

Open forum and book launch co-hosted by the Institite of Archaeologists of Ireland (IAI) and the National Roads Authority (NRA). Galway, 16 June 2011.[more]

Space and settlement in the Middle Ages

Conference: May 27th / 28th. Trinity College Dublin[more]

St. Werburgh's Church : "¨Faith, Fabric and Future

A one-day seminar organised by Irish Landmark Trust.[more]

Recent research in the Boyne Valley

A one-day public seminar, presenting recent archaeological, historical and natural heritage research in the Boyne Valley[more]