Bird Survey Guidelines: Traditional Farm Buildings

Bird Survey Guidelines: Traditional Farm Buildings

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

The Heritage Council has prepared guidance that surveyors must follow when undertaking bird surveys under the REPS 4 Traditional Farm Buildings Grant scheme. This is to ensure that the survey is undertaken in line with current best practice, and that the works are designed in such a way as not to impact upon the protected wildlife.

Many traditional farm buildings may be home to nesting birds. As these are protected by law, buildings in receipt of a REPS 4

Traditional Farm Buildings Grant may require a bat and/ or bird survey before any works commence.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Passed to the Future: The Bishop's Palace

Passed to the Future: The Bishop's Palace

Annual Report Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

The history of The Bishop's Palace, Kilkenny, the home of the Heritage Council since 2008.

Using the conservation plan methodology introduced into Ireland by the Heritage Council,
the historical significance of all aspects of the building and site were documented. Based on a
careful survey of its qualities, Consarc Architects drew up plans for the building’s re-use. 

The
Heritage Council, conscious of the rich tapestry of history that could be read in the buildings,
was anxious to demonstrate that 'heritage' is a living thing, and that having a respectful attitude
to heritage does not curtail creativity, or contemporary interventions.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Bat Survey Guidelines 2008

Bat Survey Guidelines 2008

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

These guidelines have been developed for Ecological Consultants to standardise both the methodology for survey of structures within the Heritage Council’s Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme and the reporting of same. In developing these guidelines, we have drawn on a wide range of expertise and believe that the advice given is the best that is currently available. Bat surveys submitted to the building owner and the Heritage Council must adhere to these guidelines in order to satisfy grant requirements under the Traditional Farm Buildings Scheme.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Tina Aughney, Conor Kelleher & Donna Mullen
Air Earth Aerial Archaeology 2008

Air Earth Aerial Archaeology 2008

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

One of the initiatives identified by the Heritage Council’s Strategic Plan 2007-2013 is that archaeological research issues and practice in the widest sense should be more overtly and consistently identified and from time to time reviewed. These research issues should also engage more with what both specialists and local communities find interesting about the past. To contribute to this the Heritage Council commissioned Mr George Lambrick to examine aerial archaeology in Ireland. Aerial Archaeology is the practice of using aircraft (or in some cases satellites) to provide a high-level view of the landscape based on conventional photography and a range of remote sensing technologies. That review is presented here.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): George Lambrick
Enhancing Local Distinctiveness: Evaluation of Village Design Statements (VDSs) in Ireland 2000-2008

Enhancing Local Distinctiveness: Evaluation of Village Design Statements (VDSs) in Ireland 2000-2008

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

The remit for this study was to inform national policy on issues relating to the conservation, enhancement and sustainable development of villages in Ireland.

The remit for this study was to inform national policy on issues relating to the conservation, enhancement and sustainable development of villages in Ireland. The stated aim was: “to examine the ways in which Village Design Statements have progressed and developed in Ireland, with particular emphasis on the involvement of the Heritage Council, Local Authorities / Local Authority Heritage Officers in VDS and the adoption of VDS as Supplementary Planning Guidance”.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Stephen Owen, Jeff Bishop, Malcolm Moseley, Ros Boase, Fintan Coffey
Fethard Public Realm Plan

Fethard Public Realm Plan

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

A Publi Realm Plan for the historic town of Fethard in Co. Tipperary.

This Public Realm Plan for the Walled Town of Fethard seeks to provide a strategic framework by which the town can maximise the benefits of its many assets, without losing those special qualities that give it character and charm. 

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): The Paul Hogarth Company and ERM Ireland limited
Review of Research Needs in Irish Archaeology

Review of Research Needs in Irish Archaeology

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

This approach is under-pinned by the wider need to place archaeological research into the context of public access, life-long learning, social inclusion and cultural diversity. The recommendations in this report attempt to address the crisis in which Irish archaeology was experiencing at this time.

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Bolton Library Conservation Plan 2007

Bolton Library Conservation Plan 2007

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage /

This plan was commissioned by the Heritage Council, in partnership with the Bolton Library, to develop and propose policies for the long-term care and management of the Library and to increase understanding of its historic importance in the town of Cashel and the wider national and international context.

The Bolton Library, Cashel, is one of Ireland’s great, but little known  treasures. The bequest of Archbishop Bolton, it provides a rich insight into the cultured milieu in which such a patron lived and the wide breadth of his learning and aspirations. 

It complements other such collections in Ireland, from the same period, such as the Worth Library and Marsh’s Library, both in Dublin. The donation of the Bolton Library to subsequent generations provided a legacy beyond price.

  • Published by: Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Mr Alastair Coey, Dr Brian Turner and Ms Niamh McGuinn