St Mary's Church and Graveyard, Kilkenny: Conservation Plan

St Mary's Church and Graveyard, Kilkenny: Conservation Plan

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

This conservation plan is the outcome of a conservation-focused study of St. Mary’s Church and Graveyard in the centre of Kilkenny City. The study team was comprised of archaeologists, building history researchers, a structural engineer, conservation architects, building and stone material consultants, and a landscape architect.

The plan includes a brief historical background study of St Mary’s Church and Graveyard, a detailed scaled survey of the site and a physical study of the site, its monuments and

buildings as they are currently. These studies have helped to lead to an understanding of the site and its components, their contribution to the integrity of the site, and the issues it faces.

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Survey of Irish Archives Collections

Survey of Irish Archives Collections

Museums, Archives & Cultural Heritage /

The aim of this survey was to capture significant data on the structure, scale and activity of the archives sector in Ireland in order to support the Heritage Council's formulation of policy for the sector.

The Museum and Archives Committee of the Heritage Council developed the questionnaire, with assistance from the Society of Archivists, Ireland, and the collection methodology involved a postal self-completion approach. A listing of approximately 212 Archives in Ireland was used and 130 Archives responded.

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Conserving and Enhancing Wildlife in Towns and Villages: A Guide for Local Community Groups

Conserving and Enhancing Wildlife in Towns and Villages: A Guide for Local Community Groups

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

Towns and villages can support a surprisingly wide range of wildlife habitats and species of local, or even national conservation interest. This guide provides advice to those who want to take action to conserve, protect and enhance wildlife in their town or village.

The importance of ecologically friendly management of areas in or around towns or villages is recognised in a number of competitions, awards and grants, including the Heritage Council Wildlife and Local Heritage Grants and the Tidy Towns Competition, organised by the
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government .If your community group is interested in applying for or participating in either these or similar grants or competitions, this guide will be of relevance to you.

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Russborough House, County Wicklow: Conservation Plan

Russborough House, County Wicklow: Conservation Plan

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

This Conservation Plan is the outcome of an integrated study of Russborough Houses carried out by a team of conservation architects, archaeologists, structural and services engineers, building material consultants and landscape architects, with specialist advice on the care of the art collections.

The conservation plan addresses the following:


• Understanding the place
• The cultural significance of the place
• Identifying issues which may affect that significance
• Writing policies to address the issues
• Building in mechanisms for implementation and review

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Traditional Buildings on Irish Farms

Traditional Buildings on Irish Farms

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

This publication outlines the significance of Ireland's Farm Heritage from the 'Big House' farm to small farmyards and how practices have changed over the years. It also provides insights

into how to protect Ireland's farm heritage for the future and offers guidelines for the repair and maintenance of traditional buildings and farmyards. 

Ireland’s landscape is enriched by its heritage of farm-houses and outbuildings, its field patterns and the nature of the boundaries that divide them. The landscape of Ireland is predominantly an agricultural one, and farmers have been its guardians. In times past, the occupants of
traditional farmhouses and their associated farmsteads were often also their builders. They made clever use of materials available locally and they built in accordance with a language of construction that was shared by their community.

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Waterway Corridor Study of the Upper Shannon navigation to Roosky

Waterway Corridor Study of the Upper Shannon navigation to Roosky

Landscapes /

A study of area surrounding the Upper Shannon navigation down to Roosky

including the Boyle River, Lough Allen, Lough Key and the Carnadoe waters.

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Heritage Outlook: Summer/ Autumn 2005

Heritage Outlook: Summer/ Autumn 2005

General /

The quarterly magazine of the Heritage Council, with news, events, opportunities and features.

In this issue:

PROTECTING THE BURREN
the case for a new kind of National Park

EXPO 2005
The Ireland Pavillion in Japan

THE LANDMARK TRUST
combining architectural conservation and tourism

HERITAGE EVENTS • ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS • GRANTS PROGRAMME 2005

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‘Pilot’ Rural Renewal Scheme for the Upper Shannon Area: Submission to the Department of Finance – Final Report

‘Pilot’ Rural Renewal Scheme for the Upper Shannon Area: Submission to the Department of Finance – Final Report

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This report provides a detailed assessment of the impact that the ‘Pilot’ Rural Renewal Tax Scheme for the Upper Shannon Area has had on lands adjacent to the River Shannon and hence the heritage of the River Shannon Waterway Corridor; a ‘waterway corridor area’ of international significance.

The assessment focuses on the resulting impact of increased development pressures on the heritage within the River Shannon Corridor and the implications for the planning and development system within this area. Four detailed case studies are provided (two case studies each for Counties Leitrim and Roscommon), in order to illustrate the long-term impact that the tax incentive scheme will have on the River Shannon Corridor Area.

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Irish Walled Towns Network Action Plan 2006-08

Irish Walled Towns Network Action Plan 2006-08

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

The Action Plan 2006-2008 is set out in two main parts:
1: Eleven ‘Key Actions’ for late 2005/early 2006, (i.e. Immediate Actions); and
2: Twelve ‘Further Actions’ (i.e. Short Term and Medium Term) 2006-2008 are set out under the
following themes:
• Networking and Lobbying (3 no. actions);
• Conservation and Management (4 no. actions);
• Joint Promotion and IT (3 no. actions); and
• Education and Training (2 no. actions).

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Integrating Policies for Ireland's Inland Waterways

Integrating Policies for Ireland's Inland Waterways

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity /

This policy paper has been written in the light of heritage policy developments (the
National Heritage Plan and the National Biodiversity Plan) and the establishment of Waterways Ireland.

Notwithstanding these welcome developments, Ireland’s inland waterways and their corridors

still urgently need a strategic approach. Waterways Ireland’s remit covers most of Ireland’s
waterways although some, in particular several disused navigations, are not clearly the
responsibility of any agency. This document proposes a possible direction for a concerted and
co-ordinated effort to ensure that the heritage, social, and economic value of all of Ireland’s
waterways is enhanced.

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