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Our maritime heritage has cultural, physical and ecological dimensions. It embraces the legacies of past generations their traditions and natural features of both coastal and offshore environments.

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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]

Call for Papers on Weather Beaten Archaeology Conference

The first of its kind. The Conference aims to establish a forum for the exchange of experiences of extreme weather events and their impact on archaeological sites.[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]

Applications Invited for the Atlantic Summer School

Applications are now invited for the Atlantic Summer School 2014 to be held on-board the Irish National Research Vessel RV Celtic Explorer from 11th to 17th September 2014[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]

Public Consultation: The Dalkey Island Conservation Plan

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

Coordinated response needed to save Ireland’s breeding Curlews

BirdWatch Ireland surveys have shown that the breeding population of one of our nation’s most iconic birds, the Eurasian Curlew, has declined severely in recent years: there are now probably fewer than 200 nesting pairs left in...[more]

NBDC launch On-line Data Submission Forms

If you're out and about and spot something of interest ... log on to the site and have it recorded![more]

Public Consultation: Have your say on how to harness Ireland's Ocean Wealth

The Government is undertaking a public consultation as part of the development of an Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland. [more]

Clodiagh Expedition Leads to New Industrial Heritage Find

In a recent reconnoitre carried out by members of the Heritage Boat Association and the Portlaw Heritage Group, long lost structures of our boating heritage were located and identified. [more]

Two bandstands on East Pier, Dun laoghaire. Photograph by Gerry Sandford.Boyd Memorial, on East Pier, Dun Laoghaire. Photograph by Gerry Sandford.

East Pier Dun Laoghaire audio guide

This is a 14-stop journey along the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire, bringing you the history and heritage of a well-known landmark.[more]