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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.

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2016 SuperValu TidyTowns competition is now open for entries!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of SuperValu’s sponsorship of the competition. Now in its 58th year, the competition is administered by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. [more]

Shackleton's Cabin Conservation & InterpretationRed Grouse Conservation ProjectStrokestown House Great Famine Archive ProjectBovinda Sea TrialsTemplecrone Church Conservation PlanDerry Walls Heritage Education ProjectSwift Conservation ProjectElphin Windmill Community Resource Development Project

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]

Enter Now for The Tidy Towns 2014 and the Heritage Award

Call for entries for the 2014 Supervalu TidyTowns Competition and the Heritage Award (Sponsored by The Heritage Council).[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]

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]

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]

Great milestone for the Ireland Reaching Out Diaspora Programme.

Ireland Reaching Out (Ireland XO) announces today that it now has a volunteer network across all 32 counties of Ireland.[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 Podcast.ie

A great new website has been set up at www.podcasts.ie 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]

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]

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]

Community-led Village Design Statement 'Toolkit' Launch & Workshop

The new National Community-led Village Design Statement (VDS) ‘Toolkit’ will also be launched on the day and will provide the basis of the workshop.[more]

National Heritage Week Needs You!

The Heritage Council ‘County Ambassador Volunteer Programme’ seeks to recruit volunteers in every county. [more]

Luca O'Shea & Elisha Stanley get Hector in a tight spot at the launch of Heritage Week 2012! Dr. Kenneth Milne, Christ Church Cathedral Historian.Pat Liddy, Dublin Historian.

Hector Sets the Bells of Christ Church Ringing as he launches National Heritage Week 2012!!!

There are over 1,400 events registered to date, the majority of which are FREE! ... Explore Athlone Masonic Hall, take an Indian dance workshop, walk through hurling history or celebrate the 842nd Anniversary of Strongbow’s...[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]

National Heritage Week 2012!

National Heritage Week 2012 takes place nationwide from the 18th — 26th August and event registration will commence mid-April so now is the time to plan what it is you’d like to do to take part in the week.[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]

Launch - Roscommon Heritage Plan 2012-2016

The aim of the County Roscommon Heritage Plan is to create and promote an increased knowledge, awareness and appreciation of the natural, built and cultural heritage of County Roscommon, and to conserve it for future generations.[more]

The winners of the Best Overall Event and Best Interactive Event during Heritage Week were the Tyrellspass Festival. Representing the Tyrellspass Festival Committee receiving the awards from Conor Newman, Chairman, Heritage Council and Rebecca Reynolds, National Cooridnator of Heritage Week were, Cllr Colm Arthur, Deirdre O'Brien McGibney, Debbie Garry and Martin Buckley. Photo: Pat Moore.

National Heritage Week 2011 Event Award Winners - Awards Presentation

The award for Best Interactive Event and Best Overall Event went to the Tyrrellspass Festival Committee for their Tyrrellspass Festival.[more]

Draft Fingal Heritage Plan 2011—2017

Draft Fingal Heritage Plan 2011 — 2017 and accompanying Habitats Directive Appropriate Assessment Screening Report have gone on public display.[more]

Irish pollen site database

New website at: www.ipol.ie[more]

Have you got the gift of the gab?

Tell your story for National Tell Tale Day - Saturday 20th August 2012.[more]

New book on Wicklow villages now available

“Wicklow Villages - a Historical guide” a new publication from the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council is now available. [more]

Heritage Week 2011 set to be the biggest yet with over 1300 events

Week to celebrate old Irish tradition of storytelling[more]

National Heritage Week 2011

20th-28th August. Over 1200 events registered to date![more]

Certificate in History of Family and Genealogical Methods

The Irish Ancestry Research Centre, University of Limerick[more]

Heritage Trail launched in Portlaw

A series of information panels celebrating the industrial, built and natural heritage of Portlaw was unveiled to a large attendance in Malcolmson’s Square last Saturday. The information panels were commissioned by Waterford Co....[more]

Fingal Heritage Plan 2011-2017

Public Consultation Meetings[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 Tale Of Two Dundalks

Louth museum webcasts to Maryland students: April-June 2010[more]

Art-Youth-Culture: FYI

Art-Youth-Culture: FYI will be held over three days in Dublin. It will involve a series of arts-based workshops and discussions, concluding with a meeting between young people, arts policy makers, and government representatives....[more]

Irish Wildlife magazine

Irish Wildlife

Full colour quarterly magazine dealing with Irish Wildlife issues.[more]

The Galway County Heritage Awards

The Galway County Heritage Awards ceremony took place in the Claregalway Hotel on Wednesday 2nd December 2009 at 8.00 p.m. [more]

Heritage Officer Programme Celebrates 10 Years

The role of Heritage Officer has developed significantly over the last 10 years, with the service reflecting local issues and priorities and also the professional strengths of the Heritage Officer. [more]