Heritage Awareness Study

Heritage Awareness Study

2002 – ongoing


BiblioMara is a comprehensive bibliography of cultural and maritime heritage studies of the Irish coastal zone.

Drawn predominantly from materials published since 1900, this annotated, indexed database is a valuable resource for any researcher, student or community group interested in finding out more about the coastal and maritime culture and heritage of their local area and the island as a whole.

Commissioned by the Heritage Council in 2002, the bibliography was compiled by the Coastal and Marine Resources Centre (CMRC) in Cork who worked with a multidisciplinary team from UCC’s Béaloideas and Archaeology Departments and Meitheal Mara.


BiblioMara features a wide and exceptional range of materials from academic and non-academic sources including local publications often disregarded by official databases. References and sources occur in both the English and Irish language.

BiblioMara covers a range of interdisciplinary themes and subject areas broadly outlined as follows:

  • archaeological heritage;
  • architectural and built heritage;
  • the history of coastal settlements and their interaction with the physical and social environments;
  • occupational folklore including traditional crafts, boat-building and usage, fishing, seaweed gathering and aquaculture;
  • folklore and ethnology;
  • historical and human geography including place-names, tourism, recreation and coastal zone management;
  • industrial heritage;
  • literary heritage;
  • material culture;
  • voyaging and navigation - including piracy, lighthouses, rescue services, shipping, maritime trade and military history.


BiblioMara is currently available as a printable PDF format file and can be downloaded here. [PDF 3.5MB] 

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