Welcome to the Landscape Section, the Irish landscape is a living landscape in every sense of the word. It has and will continue to be used in an ever-changing variety of ways.

News Archive

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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]

Get involved European Land Stewardship Week 26th September-5th October

Are you part of a conservation organisation, public agency, land-stewardship organisation, outdoors association, research centre, school, or youth association?[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]

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]

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]

Win a place in the Chamber at Newgrange for the Winter Solsitice

Enter the Art Competition for primary and post-primary schools students to win a place in the chamber at the 2013 winter solstice at Newgrange on December 21st.


Volunteers Wanted to promote Heritage Week in your County

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

Public Consultation: The Dalkey Island Conservation Plan

The Dalkey Island Conservation Plan is out for consultation at present until 6 August 2013.[more]

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches Beara-Breifne Way Heritage Stamps and Walking Passport

The Beara-Breifne Way project is the largest community based project undertaken in the country, involving twelve local walking trails in ten counties and four provinces.


Irish Landscape Institute (ILI) — National Conference & Lecture Series 2012

Papers given by Alison Harvey at The Irish Landscape Institute National Conference and Lecture Series 2012.[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]

Life + Call for Proposals 2013

The Seventh LIFE+ call for proposals was published on 19 February, 2013, with up to €278 million available for co-financing of projects.[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]

Juliette Condon: 'My Back Yard'Victoria Douglas: 'The Life of a Country Girl'Rosemary Emma Murphy: 'The Loughcrew Stones'

ICOMOS Ireland Photo Competition 2012: Winners Announced!

The competition invited amateur photographers, of all ages, to go out and try to 'capture' and explain their ‘moment’ in the wonderful diversity of the Irish countryside. [more]

New walking app puts 400 walking & cycle trails at your fingertips!

The new iPhone app has details of more than 400 walking and cycling trails around Ireland, and will make it much easier for everyone to get out and enjoy one of Ireland’s many recreational trails.[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]

Environmental Remote Sensing Role

This is a pre-call announcement. The 2.3 year contract will be based in Dublin and will form part of larger study (IdealHNV, funded by DAFM through the RSF) looking at the distribution of High Nature Value farmland habitats in...[more]

Designation of New Marine Special Areas of Conservation

Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today proposed six new marine sites for designation as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) to protect marine habitats and species listed on the 1992 EU...[more]

Success for Irish Red Grouse on Boleybrack Mountain!

The recent annual survey of the Boleybrack Red Grouse Project counted at least 85 grouse on Boleybrack Mountain this autumn. This compares to only three calling Red Grouse males encountered when the project first started in 2007....[more]

New Legislation regarding importation of Ash Wood

The Heritage Council is extremely concerned by the discovery of Ash Die Back Disease - 'Chalara fraxinea' in Ireland and welcomes efforts made to minimise the risk of further imports of infected ash products by the Dept. 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]

ICOMOS Ireland Amateur Photography Competition

To celebrate '2012: International Year of the Rural Landscape' ICOMOS Ireland invites you to submit a photograph of an Irish rural scene. 1st Prize €400![more]

Call for Papers on Flood Protection and Heritage Conservation on Rivers and Streams

International Scientific Colloquium to take place in Dresden, Germany on 22-23 March 2013.[more]

© Hans Kwaspen

Golden Mile Competition 2012 - SlÁ Dhúlra na Gaillimhe 2012

A chance for your town, community, or local area to show and share your best motorways.[more]

UCD Scholarship - Doctoral Research - Urban Resilience & Sustainability

UCD School of Architecture is pleased to offer a scholarship to fund full-time doctoral research in the area of Urban Resilience and Sustainability. [more]

Towns and cities with heritage assets are more appealing places to live, work and visit

Something in the human psyche makes people enjoy being in historic environments.[more]

People and Their Place

New Burren 'movement' leads the way.

Economic and social benefits of heritage and culture can only be realised with astute management.[more]

‘Ghost Estates’ and inappropriate construction on floodplains underlines need for new national landscape strategy

Council publishes blueprint to involve local communities in landscape management.[more]

'People and their Place' Landscape Conference: Report available for comment

Everyone who has an interest in the ongoing management, planning and conservation of the Irish Landscape is encouraged to read the report and comment on it.[more]

Alison Harvey, David Kirkwood and Karen FoleyPam Harty, Alison Harvey and David KirkwoodILI Awards display. [Click on link at bottom of page to download and view.]

Heritage Council and partners win Irish Landscape Institute President's Award

The Heritage Council and eight partner institutes have won the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI) 'President’s Award' 2009 for the design and delivery of their All-Island, Multi-disciplinary Introduction to Landscape Character...[more]

A Green Field is a Blank Canvas... an opportunity for you to create something extraordinary

Late in 2006, an advertising hoarding appeared in Clondalkin, on the main access road to Dublin from the south, with the above inscription.[more]

Decade of turbo-charged development has left lasting damage on the Irish landscape

Heritage Council calls on Government to introduce new way of working with Landscape Ireland Act.[more]

The Heritage Council of Ireland's Work and Commitment to Ireland's Landscapes

Presentation by Michael D. Starrett, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council at the National Association of AONBs Conference University of Ulster, Coleraine on the 6th July 2009


The Landscapes We Deserve, If Only...

Michael Starrett CEO The Heritage Council makes an appeal to protect Ireland’s unique landscapes, in a real and tangible way, before it is too late.[more]

The Cost of a Disappearing Ireland?

Irish Independent Special Supplement, Wednesday, May 17, 2006.[more]

Launch of Tara Publication: Call for Landscape Legislation

Presentation by Dr Tom O’Dwyer, Chairperson, An Chomairle Oidreachta, Wednesday 14th December 2005 at 6.00 p.m. in the Royal Irish Academy[more]