The Heritage Council works with others particularly at local level, to increase awareness of our national heritage and to highlight its importance to public policy and everyday life. In this section you will find details on the work the Heritage Council supports through its funding of various heritage organisations.

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Local Authority Heritage Officers

Local Authority Heritage Officers play a key role in promoting heritage awareness, developing policy and providing advice and information on local as well as national heritage issues.

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Local Authority Biodiversity Officer Programme

Local Authority Biodiversity Officers work at city and county level collecting data on biodiversity, carrying out conservation projects, developing policy, providing advice and information and raising awareness.

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The Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN)

The Heritage Council co-funds the Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN); the leading organisation championing and supporting digital community archives in Ireland.

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Thatched Properties

A webpage that aims to provide some useful information on the various issues now facing owners and prospective buyers of thatched properties.

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Irish Landmark Trust

Irish Landmark is a non-profit organisation that finds interesting and unusual properties that are in need of conservation, and gives them new life.

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The Discovery Programme

The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland is an all-island centre for archaeology and heritage science.

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Burrenbeo Trust

Burrenbeo Trust is landscape charity dedicated to connecting all of us to our places and our role in caring for them.

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National Biodiversity Data Centre

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is a national organisation which collects and manages data on Ireland’s biodiversity in order to document our wildlife resource and to track how it is changing over time.

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Burren Community Charter

The Burren Community Charter sets out a vision for the Burren Where a high quality of life is enjoyed by all

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Woodlands of Ireland

Woodlands of Ireland is an inclusive, membership organisation dedicated to native woodlands.

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Irish Uplands Forum

The Irish Uplands Forum (IUF) is a voluntary body established in 1995, to assist upland communities to face the many economic, social and environmental challenges arising in the upland districts of Ireland.

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Institute of Archaeologists Ireland (IAI)

The IAI is the representative all-island organisation for professional archaeologists working in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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Wicklow Uplands Council

Wicklow Uplands Council (WUC) is an independent voluntary organisation representing over 50 diverse member groups and individuals with interests in the Wicklow and Dublin Uplands.


Bere Island Projects Group

BIPG is a community group working to sustain the island population through the creation of employment, promoting community initiatives and supporting local businesses.

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Irish Archives Resource

The Irish Archives Resource (IAR) is an online portal which contains searchable archival descriptions.

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European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (EFNCP)

The EFNCP is a Europe-wide network which raises awareness of the importance of low-intensity livestock farming.

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High Nature Value Services (HNVS)

HNVS is responsible for the administration of the Burren Programme, an agri-environment scheme that promotes conservation of the region’s heritage, environment and communities.


The Institute of Conservator-Restorers in Ireland (ICRI)

The ICRI promotes the conservation and restoration of Ireland’s cultural heritage.

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Irish Museums Association (IMA)

The IMA is an all-Ireland professional body dedicated to the promotion and development of museums