Conservation Plan: Rothe House, County Kilkenny

Conservation Plan: Rothe House, County Kilkenny

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

Rothe House is one of the earliest and most important historic places in Kilkenny, and indeed in the entire region. The Conservation Plan methodology, introduced into Ireland in 1998 by the Heritage Council, provides a framework and a vision for the future of Rothe House.

The vision for Rothe House involves ensuring the protection, long-term survival and enhancement of the complex, in addition to promoting and interpreting the history of the house to the public.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Ozmin, Babita Sharma and Gerald Wait
Policy Paper on Heritage Awareness in Ireland

Policy Paper on Heritage Awareness in Ireland

Education & Training /

The Heritage Council has outlined key policy recommendations in this paper. These aim to improve levels of awareness and understanding by the public of our heritage and to secure greater participation by communities in all aspects of heritage activity, including policy development and its implementation.

This report presents the results of the first ever survey of the general public in Ireland of heritage awareness. The survey results clearly illustrate the importance the public place on heritage in Ireland today, the perceived benefits of heritage and its conservation, and commonly held attitudes towards the protection of our heritage.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Unpublished Excavations in the Republic of Ireland 1930-1997

Unpublished Excavations in the Republic of Ireland 1930-1997

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

The Heritage Council’s Policy Paper On Urban Archaeology & The National Heritage recommended a complete review of unpublished urban excavations. In order to progress this matter the Heritage Council commissioned the a survey of all unpublished excavations in the Republic of Ireland.

The survey identified 3,168 excavations for the period between 1930 and 1997. A total of 1,353 reports were classified as unpublished (43%). Eighty-one reports were considered to be of national significance, while a further 340 reports were of regional significance and should be published in either a journal or as part of a ‘synthetic package’. 

Category 3 reports represent the largest class of unpublished material (431 excavations), and their potential for further publication needs careful consideration. Less significant excavations constitute a relatively small number of reports (186). The component of the backlog that can clearly be defined as suitable for publication in its own right accounts for 421 reports.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Oxford Archaeological Unit
Policy Paper on Ireland's Landscape & the National Heritage

Policy Paper on Ireland's Landscape & the National Heritage

Landscapes /

The approaches proposed in this document are designed to allow those with responsibility for the management and development of landscape to assess the policies they are implementing against specific indicators. 

These indicators relate not only to heritage value and quality but also aspects such as economic development, social aspects and potential for land use change.

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
Recording & Conserving Ireland's Industrial Heritage

Recording & Conserving Ireland's Industrial Heritage

Built/Urban Heritage & Archaeology /

The Heritage Council is conscious of this often-neglected part of our heritage, and in this publication seeks to raise awareness of what we have as well as giving simple guidance as to how to record and conserve it.

The remains of our industrial past can be seen throughout the country: bridges, canals, railways and stores still in use, all bear testimony to the work of past generations. However, there are other signs too - derelict buildings, rusting machinery, lone chimneys marking the sites of once-thriving industries. 

  • Published by: The Heritage Council
  • Author(s): Fred Hamond and Mary McMahon
Waterway Corridor Study of the Shannon from Shannonbridge to Meelick, and the Grand Canal from Ballycommon to Shannon Harbour

Waterway Corridor Study of the Shannon from Shannonbridge to Meelick, and the Grand Canal from Ballycommon to Shannon Harbour

Landscapes /

A study of the area surrounding the Grand Canal from Ballycommon to Shannon Harbour and the Shannon from Shannonbridge to Meelick. 

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  • Published by: The Heritage Council