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Our architectural heritage is one of the most tangible aspects of our heritage. By conserving our historic buildings we help to preserve them for future generations to enjoy as part of their heritage, just as we do now.

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Heritage Council Grant-Aided Projects 2015

In 2015, the Heritage Council offered grant assistance to the value of €547,000 to 197 fantastic heritage projects around the country. We've highlighted just 10 of those projects below to give you a flavour of the diverse...[more]

County Meath Heritage Plan Public Consultation August 2014

The County Meath Heritage Forum, facilitated by the Heritage Office of Meath County Council, is preparing its second Heritage Plan for the county and is looking for your views.[more]

Call for Entries: Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2015

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards is Europe’s most prestigious prize in the heritage field. Every year, it honours the most outstanding heritage achievements from all over Europe.[more]

Have your say in the Future of Donegal's Heritage

Donegal's new County Heritage Plan is currently being prepared. Anyone with an interest in the heritage of County Donegal is invited to make a submission.[more]

Grants Available from the Castle Studies Trust

Grants will initially focus on new work on castles such as architectural and geophysical surveys or scientific tests such as radio-carbon dating as well as projects to enhance the general public’s understanding of castles such as...[more]

Course: Tour Guide

The Dublinia Heritage Project is a combined training and work experience course. It is eleven months in duration, with thirty training places available. The participants are trained to become tour guides and benefit from work...[more]

Applications invited for REPS 4 Farm Buildings Grant Scheme

REPS 4 farmers are invited to make applications for a grant for the conservation and repair of their traditional farm buildings.[more]

Call for Nominations for the Historic Towns Research Awards

The Historic Towns Research Award is awarded by the Irish Walled Towns Network to one final year degree student and one taught masters student whose dissertation or thesis has skilfully explored issues into making Ireland’s...[more]

Heritage Council urges Government to provide funding for community grants

At a briefing day today for members of the Oireachtas, the Heritage Council will outline the impact of deep budget cuts on the heritage sector and made a call for increased state investment in heritage. [more]

Volunteers Wanted to promote Heritage Week in your County

Get involved and promote Heritage Week in your County by becoming a County Ambassador.[more]

Architects in Schools Initiative

Architects and Architecture Graduates wanted for the Irish Architecture Foundation's "Architects in Schools Initiative"[more]

Minister Deenihan announces €475,000 in funding under the Structures at Risk Fund, 2013

Minister Deenihan announces €475,000 in funding under the Structures at Risk Fund, 2013 which will be administered through Local Authorities[more]

Desmond Guinness Scholarship- Irish Georgian Society

The Desmond Guinness Scholarship is awarded annually by the Irish Georgian Society to an applicant or applicants, either resident in Ireland or registered for a degree in Ireland[more]

Joint Research Call for Cultural Heritage Research by The Joint Heritage European Programme (JHEP)

The Joint Heritage European Programme (JHEP) has launched a Joint Research Call for Cultural Heritage Research. The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has allocated...[more]

Minister Deenihan Launches the Historic Towns Initiative

At the launch, Michael Starrett, Chief Executive at the Heritage Council stated that the objective of the scheme is to facilitate and empower local communities to reach their potential through support and capacity building.[more]

Sad Passing of Billy Colfer

Over the past weekend many of us were saddened to learn of the death of Dr Billy Colfer. Billy was a member of the Heritage Council from 2005 — 2010.[more]

Rich Arts & Heritage Audio Content at

A great new website has been set up at which delivers high-quality, free audio content from Irish writers of poetry, prose and song as well as radio documentaries and story telling about Irish culture, heritage...[more]

Castle Roche, Co. Louth.

Heritage the most significant reason for visiting County Louth: New Report

This report presents the findings of the Co. Louth Visitor Survey 2012 conducted between June and August 2012. By far the most popular reason for visiting the county was to visit Heritage Sites at 18%. [more]

The Fulbright Specialist Awards - Open for Applicants

The Fulbright Commission of Ireland is seeking expressions of interest from Irish institutions to bring a Fulbright Specialist to their institution for two to six weeks.[more]

European Funding Call for Cultural Heritage Research Projects

The Heritage Council, in partnership with the Dept. of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht, has allocated €100,000 towards this call for cultural heritage research projects.[more]

Invitation to RIAI Members: Visit Sustainable Building in Austria

Advantage Austria Dublin invites RIAI members to take part in a 3-day fact finding trip to Innsbruck & Vienna, from 26 to 28 Nov 2012, supported by go-international, an export promoting initiative by the Federal Ministry of...[more]

Two New Monuments & Heritage Websites Launched

The websites highlight national monuments & heritage buildings that are open to the public but are not so well known. They are also intended to encourage tourists to visit locations that might not otherwise be on their...[more]

REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme - Now Open

Grants are available to carry out approved conservation works to the exterior of farm outbuildings and associated structures. Applications must be received before 5pm, Friday 26th October 2012.[more]

Buncrana Lighthouse, Co. Donegal.Sandymount Village Design Statement.Bere Island Aquaculture Co-Op at work.

TidyTowns Heritage Awards 2012!!!

Buncrana Lighthouse, Co. Donegal has won 1st Prize at the TidyTowns Heritage Awards 2012. A number of other Heritage Council-supported communities also won awards.[more]

ARTS & BUSINESS - Call for applications for a funded study-visit

The trip will take place between Nov. 6th—16th 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts & Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Up to 10 relevant policy makers, artistic directors, educators, financiers, & community art organisers from Ireland & N. Ireland...[more]

Medieval Church Survey - County Clare

Ireland's wet climate and the spread of ivy are taking a toll on the country’s medieval churches, according to a new survey carried out in Co Clare.[more]

Open House Dublin 2012 - Call for Volunteers!

Open House Dublin 2012 is looking for volunteers to help at this year’s event, 5th—7th October.[more]

Funding for the Built Environment - Government Policy on Architecture

Important opportunity for funding to charities, academic institutions, local authorities, and professional organisations working on Built Environment projects.[more]

Sad Passing of Chris Whitfield, Ecorys UK

The Heritage Council, on behalf of the heritage sector in Ireland, would like to extend its sincere condolences to Chris Whitfield’s family, friends and colleagues on his recent and untimely passing. [more]

Heritage Sites in Dublin - New Family 'Passport' Scheme!

St Patrick’s Cathedral recently launched a new scheme called 'Passport to Family Learning' which allows FREE entry to a number of heritage sites around Dublin this summer. [more]

The Wood Quay Venue shortlisted for RIAI Awards 2012

The winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on the 21st of June 2012. The works were grant-assisted by the Heritage Council.[more]

National Heritage Week 2012 - Don't forget to register by 31st May!

This year the Heritage Council is focusing on promoting Ireland's wonderful built heritage and are encouraging owners of historic properties to open their doors as part of the celebrations.[more]

Historic Scotland invites applications for Advisory Committee Members

Members with specific expertise in and professional knowledge of either archaeology or historic buildings are being sought.[more]

Structures at Risk Fund 2012

Local City Councils in conjunction with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are inviting applications for the ‘Structures at Risk Fund’ for 2012. [more]


The purpose of the scheme is to support initiatives which aim to enhance and extend the public’s experience of and engagement with architecture.[more]

World Heritage Day 18th April 2012 - Get Involved!

This special day offers an opportunity to celebrate local heritage all over the world! Why not get involved ... there's any number of things you could do to celebrate World Heritage Day 2012 ... [more]

Architecture Ireland features two Heritage Council grant-aided projects

Architecture Ireland, the journal of the the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) has featured two Heritage Council grant-aided projects in its most recent issue.[more]

Young assistant Sibéal NicGiollaCoda completes a Roman Arch9 year old Sibéal builds a Gothic archNow for the lime

An Arch Never Sleeps

Patrick McAfee of the Building Limes Forum Ireland (BLFI) in conjunction with Drimnagh Castle, Dublin ran a Heritage Week event over the course of three mornings in August called ‘An Arch Never Sleeps’.[more]

Guidelines for Architectural and Archaeological Heritage Project applications for funding from the Environment Fund

An invitation from Mr. Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht for applications from bodies such as charities, academic institutions. local authorities and professional organisations, for funding in...[more]

REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme

The 2011-2012 REPS4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme is now open for applications. The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5.00 p.m, Friday 1st July 2011. [more]

Heritage Council Publishes Provisional Number of Protected Structures in Ireland

The Heritage Council has estimated that there are 38,171 protected structures in Ireland and has published an index to the Records of Protected Structures (RPS) held by each planning authority. [more]

Abbeyleix Sustainable Communities Plan

All are invited to a meeting on the draft Abbeyleix Sustainable Communities Plan in Abbeyleix Heritage House on Monday 18th April 2011, at 8.00 p.m.

The draft Plan will present a draft vision and strategy for the future...[more]

A chance to win an Irish Landmark holiday worth €1,500 !!

The second prize is an Irish Landmark holiday worth €800, and for third prize you could win a holiday worth €500.[more]

Reps 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme 2010-2011

The closing date for the 2010-11 REPS4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme was 5.00 p.m., Friday 26th March 2010. Please keep an eye on website for updates on the 2011-12 Scheme. [more]

Reps 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme

The 2010 REPS4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant Scheme will open for applications in mid February. Please keep an eye on website for further updates.[more]

Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin.

Significant Places of Public Worship

The Heritage Council has organised a working group to discuss the conservation needs of nationally significant places of public worship. For further info click on the link above.[more]