Our ancient history has bestowed on us a wealth of monuments that need care and attention to ensure that they survive for future generations to enjoy.
Through the Adopt a Monument Scheme we provide expertise, mentoring and support to encourage communities to ‘adopt’ a monument in their area in order to ensure ongoing maintenance and greater protection through increased civic value.
Aims and Objectives
This is an innovative way of bringing monuments and local heritage from the periphery into the heart of a community.
We want to help community groups embrace their heritage site, be it a prehistoric tomb, stone circle, medieval town wall, castle, church, bridge, graveyard, landed estate, mine, kiln, mill, traditional house or battlefield.
Our vision is that the chosen monument will serve as a focal point for heritage-related, educational and recreational activities and will encourage greater interpretation and understanding.
The Scheme offers opportunities to:
• become actively involved in the conservation and interpretation of heritage sites in your local area;
• collaborate and work together as a community;
• participate in community development;
• boost regional tourism, business and employment opportunities;
• develop and understand the story of your locality and keep active and learn new skills.
- St Molings Millrace County Carlow
- Church of the Rath Killeshandra County Cavan
- Kilkerrin Battery, County Clare
- Kilmurry Lime Kiln, County Clare
- Doon Fort County Donegal
- Kilbarron Castle County Donegal
- Malin Well Old Church, County Donegal
- St. Finian’s Church & Graveyard, Lucan, County Dublin
- Mountbellew Walled Garden, Co Galway
- Brandon Hill moated site, County Kilkenny
- Old St Peters Church Portlaoise, Co Laois
- Kilfinane Motte County Limerick
- Ballintleva Handball Alley County Roscommon
- Moygara Castle, County Sligo
- Earlshill Colliery and Powder House, Slieveardagh, County Tipperary
- Graves of the Leinstermen, County Tipperary
- Knockboy Medieval Church Waterford
- Gallowshill Dungarvan County Waterford
- Round Hill Lismore County Waterford
- New Crusher Building, Baravore, Glenmalure County Wicklow
& Getting Involved
A Guide to the Adopt A Monument Scheme
This booklet is a guide to the Adopt a Monument Scheme and is aimed at communities, groups and individuals interested in managing, protecting and promoting their local heritage. It explains what Adopt a Monument is, how to apply, and it also features testimonials from community groups involved with the scheme.
View/Download A Guide to the Adopt A Monument Scheme
Adopt A Monument Manual
The Adopt a Monument Manual has been designed as a guidance document for participants in the Heritage Council’s Adopt a Monument Scheme, but we hope it is also useful for any communities who are interested in carrying out community heritage projects.
The manual covers a broad range of themes including:
- Research Techniques
- Recording Techniques
- Publication and Archiving
- Best Practice in Care and Conservation
- Promotion, Outreach and Communication
- Funding Sources
- Health and Safety
- Useful Contacts and Statutory Requirements