Jellyfish in our Coastal Seas

Jellyfish in our Coastal Seas

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity Underwater & Maritime Heritage /

This publication examines the different types of jellyfish which can be found in Irish waters. The life-cycle of the jellyfish, their habitats, jellyfish as food for other marine animals, and their impacts on humans is also outlined.

Ireland has five indigenous jellyfish species: Barrel, Blue, Common (Moon), Compass, and Lion’s Mane. A sixth species (Pelagia noctiluca) also occurs, but as it is an oceanic species it only occasionally makes an appearance in our coastal waters. Contrary to what you may think, jellyfish are not carried at the whim of ocean currents and tides on to our beaches. Many jellyfish maintain their positions by swimming down when the tide is going out, and swimming up when the tide is coming in. In this way they can stay in their preferred habitats.

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Repositioning Irish Archaeology in the Knowledge Society

Repositioning Irish Archaeology in the Knowledge Society

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

This publication attempts to set out a new framework for Irish archaeology to work within as a result of increasing development-led activity since the early 1990s.

In terms of its constituent sectors, archaeology could now be regarded predominantly as a business domain which operates in a competitive economic climate and focuses on generating information. This situation is radically different from the previous dominance of employment in the
State and education sectors with the clear focus on research which characterised earlier decades.

In response to these markedly changed circumstances and the consequential impact of new problems and challenges, a Foresight Study, leading to the production of this report, was initiated in 2004 by the UCD School of Archaeology, University College Dublin.

  • Published by: University College Dublin
Heritage Council Annual Report 2006

Heritage Council Annual Report 2006

Annual Report /

Report on the activities of the Heritage Council including financial statements for 2006.

Report on the activities of the Heritage Council including financial statements for 2006.

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Annual Report 2005

Annual Report 2005

Annual Report /

Annual report of the Heritage Council for 2005, including financial statements.

Council’s 2005 report highlights the core work which has been carried out in a number of
areas. These include partnerships, policy proposals and priorities, and promotional
work.

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Conserving Ireland's Maritme Heritage

Conserving Ireland's Maritme Heritage

Underwater & Maritime Heritage /

The policy statement defines maritime heritage and outlines the main issues it faces, in particular those resulting from increasing human activity in the coastal zone. The document is divided into two parts, one dealing with the general principles, and the second section on specific aspects of maritime heritage.

A primary recommendation is the need for a cohesive strategy for the sustainable use and

development of marine and coastal areas, one which identifies important heritage features
and provides for their long-term protection. The strategy should be based on a comprehensive
review of relevant policies and measures currently in place and their efficacy to date and include
a management framework for environmental protection and management. Importantly, this
strategy should also be supported by a campaign to raise awareness and improve education
regarding maritime heritage.

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Farming and Archaeology

Farming and Archaeology

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

This publication provides a guide for farmers on how to recognise and protect important archaeology that may be on their land. 

Archaeological monuments such as moated sites and ringforts are the former homesteads of previous farming communities. Farming has been a vital force in developing our heritage and modern non-intrusive farming practices continue to preserve and shape our historic landscapes. This valuable legacy is something we should try to understand, cherish and protect for ourselves and for future generations.

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Ireland's Coastal Heritage

Ireland's Coastal Heritage

Natural Heritage & Biodiversity Underwater & Maritime Heritage /

This publication highlights the threats to Ireland’s coastline, providing many little-known facts about our coastal heritage.

The island of Ireland has a long and complex coastline in relation to its land area. This interface between land and sea contains some of the finest parts of our natural and man-made heritage. The natural heritage includes rocks, marine and coastal habitats and marine life, including plankton, shellfish, fish, seabirds, whales and seals. Our human heritage is rich and varied including coastal and island communities, traditional boats, historical fishing methods, shipwrecks, and coastal archaeology.

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Landscape Character Assesment Final Report

Landscape Character Assesment Final Report

Landscapes /

The study involved review and evaluation of the LCAs in the context of the original objectives of the LCA programme, as set out in the (then) Department of the Environment and Local Government consultation draft Landscape and Landscape Assessment Guidelines. The evaluation also considered how the LCA programme in Ireland measures up to good practice in LCA elsewhere in Europe. Telephone consultations, with those involved in the preparation and use of the LCAs and with a range of national bodies, explored the ways in which LCA has been applied, and the influence that it has had on decision-making in relation to development and management of the landscape in Ireland. Case studies of LCA elsewhere in Europe were also undertaken to identify any useful lessons and pitfalls.

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  • Author(s): Julie Martin Associates in association with Alison Farmer Associates
Heritage Outlook Summer/ Autumn 2006

Heritage Outlook Summer/ Autumn 2006

General /

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

In this issue:

PREHISTORIC MUSIC IN IRELAND
exploring prehistoric musical instruments in Ireland
THATCHING IN IRELAND
the role of thatch in vernacular architecture
BIODIVERSITY DAY
full list of events inside
HERITAGE WEEK REGISTRATION • FURNITURE CONSERVATION • WATERFORD IMAGE ARCHIVE PROJECT

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