In this section you will find Conservation Plans undertaken by the Heritage Council for historic sites and buildings throughout the Ireland.
The Robing Room Conservation Works 2010-2011
The garden of Áras na hOidhreachta (Heritage Council HQ) contains an C18th Robing Room of significant architectural heritage value. This report sets out the architectural and historic significance of the structure and describes the present condition of the building. It documents proposed restoration, conservation and maintenance works which have the objective of restoring the preexisting character of the building.
Download the Robing Room Conservation Works 2010-2011 here [PDF 4.3MB].
Newtown Jerpoint, County Kilkenny (2007)
The deserted medieval borough of Newtown Jerpoint, County Kilkenny, located to the west of the Cistercian Abbey of Jerpoint, was once an important town. While Jerpoint is a well-known State property, the importance of Newtown Jerpoint is recognised mostly within academic circles. Its medieval church of St Nicholas now stands in ruins amid the grassed-over streets and the mounds of former houses. This Conservation Plan presents the significant historic documentation for Newtown Jerpoint, notably the first survey of the site in over 150 years.
Download Conservation Plan: Newtown Jerpoint, County Kilkenny [PDF 5.31MB].
Bolton Library, County Tipperary (2007)
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.
Download Conservation Plan: Bolton Library, County Tipperary [PDF 5.15MB].
Lemanaghan, County Offaly (2007)
The historic complex at Lemanaghan, with its focus at the early monastic site dedicated to St Managhan, is located at the crossroads between the main Ferbane-to-Ballycumber road, and the Lemanaghan-to-Pollagh road. Close by are a holy well and tree. Linked to these by a medieval trackway or togher is a further Early Christian site known locally as ‘Kell’, or St Mella’s Cell. (St Mella is said to be the mother of St Managhan.)
View Conservation Plan: Lemanaghan, County Offaly [PDF 1.96MB].
Russborough House, County Wicklow (2005)
Mark Bence-Jones (1978) described Russborough as ‘arguably the most beautiful house in Ireland’ — and there are few who would disagree, given the perfection of its architectural form and the quality of its interiors. Add to this the integrity of the estate, the importance of the designed landscape, its setting on the western side of the Wicklow Hills, and the association with the Leeson and Beit families who created two of the most significant collections of art in Ireland, and it is immediately clear that Russborough is a very important historic place.
Download Russborough House, County Wicklow Conservation Plan [PDF 4.98MB].
Henrietta Street Conservation Plan (2004)
This Conservation Plan was commissioned by Dublin City Council, as an action of the Dublin City Heritage Plan, and was co-funded by the Heritage Council. Henrietta Street ranks amongst the more important architectural and urban ensembles of this country.
The objectives of this plan are to:
- Re-affirm the significance of Henrietta Street;
- To identify the issues which currently undermine the importance of the street;
- To set out policies (with the consensus of the various stakeholders), aimed at protecting the aspects of the street which are of importance into the future.
View Henrietta Street Conservation Plan [pdf 5mb].
St. Brendan's Cathedral, County Galway (2004)
The Cathedral of St Brendan, situated in the peaceful village of Clonfert in County Galway, was once a major centre for worship and learning. Its magnificent Romanesque doorway is famous internationally for the beauty of its carved sandstone detail, and the symbolism of its iconography. Many experts have studied, analysed and written about its history, its associations, and its importance in the ecclesiastical heritage of the country.
Download Conservation Plan: St. Brendan's Cathedral, Clonfert, County Galway [PDF 5.88MB].
Saint Lachtain's Church, County Kilkenny (2004)
The Church of Saint Lachtain in Freshford, County Kilkenny is a place of great antiquity. Its Romanesque porch, facing as it does a busy thoroughfare, is too often passed at a pace which allows no appreciation of its importance. This Conservation Plan clearly and unequivocally states the significance of this monument and gives the church a prominence in the ecclesiastical history of Ireland which had hitherto been largely unrecognised.
Download Saint Lachtain's Church, Freshford, County Kilkenny Conservation Plan [PDF 4.79MB].
Conservation Plan: Bere Island, County Cork (2003)
The stimulus for this Plan arose from the islanders’ concern to ensure the long term survival of their island’s unique features. The significance of Bere Island, as the Plan reveals, is due to the presence of a mosaic of different aspects of its heritage, both built and natural.
Download Conservation Plan: Bere Island, County Cork [PDF 7.65MB].
Conservation Plan: Rothe House, County Kilkenny (2002)
Rothe House is one of the earliest and most important historic places in Kilkenny, and indeed in the entire region. Saved from a very uncertain future by the dedication and tireless voluntary work of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, Rothe House now looks forward to its sixth century in the heart of Kilkenny’s city life.
Download Rothe House, County Kilkenny Conservation Plan [PDF 4.14MB].